Miguel O’Hara is back in the present and back to working with Alchemax. How will his future knowledge affect the timeline again? Read on and find out in my review of Spider-Man 2099 #11.
The comic opens with Tempest, the suicidal pink-hair woman who has a terminal cancer, talking on the phone with her mother. They clearly have issues to work out, but none so much as Miguel who was creepily watching her for an hour on her ceiling until she goes to sleep. He then injects her with something meant to cure her cancer, and then flees when she wakes up screaming about her rather justified anger at his intrusion.
He goes back to work the next morning thinking on what Maestro said about Alchemax leading to the end of the world. When he gets there he learns about them competing with Parker Industries for the prison contract. See the last issue of Amazing Spider-Man for his side of things there.
Anyway, Miguel helps Spider-Man deal with another D-lister and then they discuss what he saw in his future. Since that only occurred after he went back in time, something must have changed because of his presence or the whole Spider-Verse mess. Either way, he wants Peter to win the competition.
Miguel heads home and finds Tempest drunk off her ass, celebrating her miraculous recovery. She puts together that Miguel told Spider-Man so he cured her and starts kissing him. Then bad things happen and she turns into an insect monster with a hunger for Miguel’s flesh as the comic ends.
Okay, review time….
Nice to see some consistency among the books and in the natural Spider-Man luck something they try to do for good reasons bite them in the ass. I liked it, but the stalker angles creep me out, so I give it a 4 out of 5.
The final issue of the series is here, and here’s my All New X-Factor #20 review!
Okay, the issue opens with the team on the ship. It’ll be a couple of weeks before Polaris recovers, but she asks Warlock to try and comfort Danger after her realizing she has no soul, so to speak. While he and Cypher made up with one another, with a parting hit to seal the deal., it’s still a bit bitter. Warlock meets with her and tells her that he has a soul, or something inside of him that he cannot explain with words. Instead he shares it with her, and I think robot sex ensues.
While that’s going on, Polaris is instead dealing with a message from Quicksilver. He’s leaving the team for the Avengers Unity division and taking his daughter with him. Personally, I blame Scarlet Witch and would love to be there when he has words with her, but he states he’ll be there if she needs him.
On Serval side of things, Snow has a meeting with Ty Stone of Alchemax and continues to be a sort of corporate sleaze ball who wants his assistant in on the meeting to provide eye candy. This brings him into contact with Miguel O’hara, aka Spider-Man 2099, who recognize one another. As soon as Stone and his assistant are out of the room, secrets come out.
Harrison Snow, or Harry as Miguel calls him, came from the future in a Time Dilation accident with Barry, the man from the last issue. Naturally, an accident sent them both back. Harrison explains that the handgun he used last issue was a device to send him back to the future, however, Miguel explains that time is wonky because of Age of Ultron and thus he just killed the man and his wife as readily as if he had incinerated them.
Harrison then reveals he plans to take down Alchemax using mutants. He plans on recruiting them all, and then the Avengers, and then all the heroes under Serval’s banner. Then he’s going to sic them on Alchemax and obliterate it in five years. It’s ballsy, and he believes that it will lead to a golden age for mankind.
Given how cutthroat Alchemax is in the future, I’m kinda with him. That being said, absolute power corrupts absolutely. Anyway, the team returns just as Miguel leaves and the comic ends its run.
Okay, review time.
Well, it wraps up the series fairly well given the circumstances. While there are some inconsistencies, we can honestly say that X-Factor was probably the best X-Men series out at present. It has better pacing that Uncanny X-Men, the team actually accomplished something unlike the Uncanny Avengers, and it held more worth than All-New X-Men and all the damn Wolverine comics.
I’m still not a fan of the art work though, so the issue and series gets a 4 out of 5. I’d read a sequel.