After a whole lot of time traveling shenanigans and somewhat confusing (yet still intriguing) plot twists, it’s finally time to throw down…
…oh yeah, and there are two Spider-Man 2099s now. Try to keep up.
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Will Sliney
Publisher: Marvel Comics
First Read Reactions
- “Maybe the one appeal of letting myself get beaten to death is that then I won’t have to worry about figuring any of this out.”
- Call me a sucker for symbiotes, but Venom 2099 has a great look, especially when Will Sliney is drawing him.
- Not sure who the new guy in the old Spider-Man 2099 costume is, but I like him.
- New/upgraded Tempest is pretty awesome, too.
- HEY! It’s a bunch of other characters I know and love! +1 for cool cameos that function well within the story.
- Lyla: The Ultimate Deus Ex Machina.
- Why doesn’t Lyla do stuff like this more often? Seems like it would save a lot of time.
- “Bloody Jove!”
- Welp, that’s one way to get out of near certain death.
- This makes me want to see Miguel and Tempest back together again in the present.
- OH SNAP!
- OH DOUBLE SNAP!
Wow. Just when I was about to call this one a fun story with a somewhat weak ending, Peter David drops a couple bombs on us—and not the type that will be retconned during the next Major Marvel Event/Reboot. This is some legit stuff happening here.
Before we got to that point, however, David and Sliney provided a visual feast of fantastic action, great cameos, and creepy nanobot spiders. They also give a surprisingly good/functional reason for the old school costumed Spider-Man 2099 to be there. It not only lends itself well to the current narrative, but helps set up a hell of a compelling one in the months to come.
As far as the plot involving The Fist and New York, we all knew the apocalypse wasn’t going to happen (the apocalypse is obviously going to start in Washington D.C.). But to David’s credit, he neutralizes the threat in a way that still ultimately manages to defeat Miguel.
Yes, the main villain is a little cheesy. And yes, Lyla once again has to come in and bail Miguel out. But the overarching narrative—combined with Sliney drawing the hell out of some incredible visuals—make this issue a must read.