If you’re not excited about Spider-Man 2099 jumping around thew main Marvel universe then you just don’t understand ’90s comic books. The character was cool because of his tech, his new look and his blatant differences to Peter Parker, namely his power-set and a filthy mouth (he says “shock” every other sentence which in his timeline basically equates to the F-word).
A new issue is out; is it good?
Spider-Man 2099 #5 (Marvel Comics)
Secret Wars introduced a Captain America who was female but also slightly brainwashed. She was a normal married woman during the day, but with a single command would pump up muscularly and become a different person entirely. For some reason she was brought to the All-New All-Different Marvel universe and she’s teamed up with Spider-Man. This issue shows us she’s not the only 2099 character that made the jump.
Why does this book matter?
In a lot of ways the 2099 version of Spider-Man is cooler than Peter Parker and that’s because of the attitude. He’s not as much of a boy scout and he’s also lacking the humorous banter. What’s very cool about this new storyline is how he fits – or doesn’t fit – in our timeline.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This issue – save for a quiet moment between Captain America and Spider-Man – is all one big action sequence. If that’s your kind of thing simply go buy this now because the sequence is entertaining as all hell. It looks great, but it’s also filled with surprises. It even introduces the villain in a comical way that comes out of nowhere. Writer Peter David basically sticks a cyborg killing soldier into Times Square and when he gets there he’s in so much awe he gets himself knocked out.
Which is a good example as to why David’s writing is so much fun. He adds a little dose of reality to the proceedings, which helps bring the larger-than-life characters down to our level. This of course is one of the reasons Spider-Man is so popular, but to see a villain drop down is great fun as well.
The best aspect of this issue is the idea of villains from 2099 discovering our world and wanting to destroy it. They’re terrorists who are fighting because their own world is gone and they don’t know why. We may never know why (unless the Secret Wars conclusion sheds some light on that) so it’s easy to somewhat relate to their confusion.
The art by Will Sliney continues to be fantastic. Sliney does not shy away from stuffing pages with many panels, which is a relief as it helps kick the action up a notch and make it fun to follow. Spider-Man is a very physical character (hence the rippling muscles under a thin costume) and Sliney’s style is suited to that type of character because he makes movements like pushing, pulling or jumping look natural and smooth as silk. Take for instance one panel where Spider-Man is shooting his webs below. You can see he’s lifting his shoulders to pull on the weight. This helps create a sense of reality.
Check out those shoulders.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Ultimately this is an action issue so not a lot is revealed as the plot develops in a minor way. That’s okay when reading this in a collected format I’m sure, but as far as a single issue there isn’t much to say in regards to character development. The curse of the 20 page single issue format!
Is It Good?
This is a great issue largely due to a comedic moment and a great action sequences. The bad guy is well realized and the stakes are clearly present. Most importantly this is a teamup you don’t want to miss.