“Oh my God. Oh my shockin’ God.”
WRITER Peter David
ART Will Sliney
COLOR Rachelle Rosenberg
LETTERER VC’s Cory Petit
EDITOR Devin Lewis
Captain America 2099 tries to stop a 2099 intruder, Miguel’s latest enemy steps in to rescue said 2099 intruder and one of Parker Industries’ scientists is transformed by Terragen Mist.
UPDATE: Again I have to apologize for getting to these, folks. I thought I would have time to still do reviews but so many things are soaking up my time right now. I’m working, I’m seeing someone… it has become harder and harder for me to get reviews up, let alone get to the comic shop in a timely fashion.
You Crawlspacers deserve better!! And because I am not able to keep a schedule these days, I’m going to find a replacement to take over the 2099 review duties. That way you won’t have to wait so damn long in between reviews!
SUMMARY: Robert Mendez, the Captain America 2099 from the Secret World tie-in for 2099 who has been working for Miguel O’Hara’s branch of Parker Industries, is goaded by her Captain America personality to investigate Miguel’s lab – which has a portal back to 2099. While investigating, she runs afoul of a dangerous intruder from the home dimension named Qweeg – who may be someone 2099 fans are familiar with.
When Lyla alerts Miguel that someone has entered the 2099 portal lab, Spider-Man 2099 makes the scene to see what’s going down. There he finds Robert, whose body mass has severely increased due to the Super Soldier Serum, fighting what looks to Miguel to be Venture – one of the first adversaries he went up against in his hero career. Qweeg/Venture manages to escape, momentarily sealing Spidey and Roberta down in the 2099 lab.
Later, in issue #5, Qweeg revels in the possibilities of the 616-whatever-it-is-now-Hickman-secret-verse and is promptly hit by a bus. Before Spidey and Captain America 2099 head out on his trail, they stop by Roberta’s apartment. Captain America 2099 explains the dual personality situation to Miguel, as well as the fact that Robert thinks she is still living with her family.
Qweeg runs afoul of the law when the cops arrive on the scene of the bus accident. After a brief skirmish with them, Spidey and Captain America 2099 show up to apprehend him. Qweeg proves to be a dangerous opponent, even endangering the crowd to buy himself time against the heroes. Before they can take Qweeg down, a military craft arrives and deploys a tank to battle the heroes while a mysterious figure exits and helps Qweeg escape. As Spidey and Captain America 2099 defeat the tank and realize it was an automated attack vehicle, Qweeg escapes with his rescuers. Spidey and Captain America 2099 head off, and the mysterious figure reveals herself to Qweeg, calling herself Aisa – leader of the Fist. And their aim is to destroy the United States.
Finally, in issue #6, scientists at Parker Industries are researching a canister of Terrigen mist given to them by Medusa to figure out of they can find a way to counteract the effect it is having on mutants. One scientist, Rhonda Fleming (girlfriend of Miggy’s assistant Jasmine) has a reaction to the mist and is encased in a bio-cocoon.
Elsewhere, Miggy is seeing to the well-being of Roberta Mendez back at her apartment. The Super Soldier Serum has worn off, the Captain America 2099 persona has retreated, and Miguel tells her to take the day off after coming up with a story to explain why she woke up in her apartment. As he is leaving, Jasmine contacts him explaining the situation back at the office with Rhonda Fleming.
Miguel shows up in the lab just in time, as some sort of Inhuman character ports into the lab in order to retrieve the cocoon. This leads to a dust up between the Inhuman and Jasmine and Raul, and as the Inhuman attempts to leave, Spider-Man 2099 swings in to attack – and to wrest the cocoon away. Their fight continues down on the streets in New York, and the Inhuman is proving to be a dangerous match against Miguel. Eventually the Inhuman teleports them both, along with the cocoon, to the Congo, above the rim of what appears to be a volcano.
Eventually the cocoon erupts, and Rhonda Fleming emerges – apparently having been transformed into some sort of massive fire-angel.
ANALYSIS: I love Peter David, I love Miguel O’Hara, I love Will Sliney’s strong work on this book. But the story is slowly starting to lose me. This title works best when Miguel is the center of the story, and in issues #4 and #5 he winds up taking a backseat to Captain America 2099, who I’m not really all that interested in to begin with. I didn’t read the 2099 SecretHickmanWars tie-in and I don’t care for any of the characters that might have popped up in it. I do care about Miguel O’Hara.
I’m also over the new-fangled rocket powered Spidey suit and the continued intrusion of all things Parker in this title. I wish the book had kept Miguel working with Liz. Hell, I wish Liz was still here, too. The long-delayed Secret Wars event du jour, and all the backward changes it brought across the Marvel Universe, really derailed this book for me.
The Inhumans stuff thing feels like another intrusion. The Inhumans are now the mutants of the post-Hickmanverse, largely due to Marvel’s new direction that seeks to sidestep things they don’t currently have the film-rights for such as the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. The Inhumans re-imagining has been “the new hotness” for awhile now, and it feels like that’s the only reason it’s in here now. If it’s editorial driven, I do still expect Peter David to have it be an engaging story. Because that’s what he does; he’s the best writer currently working for Marvel and this book is lucky to have him.
I’m not dropping the book; that’s not what I am saying. Just that I am not enjoying all the new trappings of the new status quo, and it makes me pine for the previous pre-Hickmanverse volume, which was tragically short-lived.
REVIEW: (#4) B- (#5) B (#6) B
Peter David and Will Sliney are still telling stories well – it’s just not the sort of stories I wanted from this title.