Spider-Verse is over, so it’s back to the daily grind for Peter Parker in Amazing Spider-Man #16. Here’s my review of how things are going for the original web-slinger.
The comic opens at the zoo, with a villain known as Iguana commanding a bunch of reptiles to jump Spider-Man. Normally he wouldn’t be struggling so much against a C-lister, but he’s still aching from having his life-force drained and, on top of that, he has a big presentation today. Though it was funny the villain was offended that he was talking on the phone while fighting.
Anna Marie calls and tells him he needs to get there, but Sanjay hijacks the phone and calls him out on not being there for his project and she won’t do the presentation since she doesn’t believe in it (which was made abundantly clear when she helped Black Cat sabotage it in the first place.) To this, Peter goes on a long rant on how these people need the prison.
He goes on about how most people with powers are driven by pain and rage at not being able to control it, and even the worst that are monsters by choice would be so much less dangerous without their powers. They need compassion, understanding, and help. He says all this while kicking the crap out of Iguana, by the way, and tells her he’s on his way now the moment she lets it slip that Alchemax is in line next to get the job. Nobody wants that with how many shady figures are around there.
Liz Allen presents her brother as an example of reformed prisoner, with him cured of his power and now having a steady job, and the guys admit that Ty Stone’s project looks the most promising. Peter shows up just as they finish. He and Liz Allen are fairly friendly compared to their employees.
However, once Liz mentions Peter has a habit of snatching victory from impossible odds, Ty and her brother decided to make arrangements to prevent that. They go to Black Cat’s parlor, her being the new Kingpin and all, and arrange for some guy named Ghost to try and put the company out of business permanently as the comic ends….
Oh, and there’s also a thing with Black Cat wanting back everything she stole and her good luck powers only working when she’s a selfish bitch.
Okay, review time…
Not bad for an introduction to a new arc, but the solicitations lied to me again and that’s annoying. The cover art would have been better saved until the actual infiltration, but what can you do.
3 out of 5.
Miguel O’ Hara of 2099 is in the Heroic Age and he’s here to stay for some time. Read my review of Spider-Man 2099 #2!
The issue begins with Miguel enjoying the spider-man luck… by that I mean problems show up wherever he goes. He’s making a trip to the bank, it promptly gets robbed. After about five minutes and some acrobatic feats, he gets some flowers and promptly starts flirting with the girl from the last issue. He even gets inside her apartment, but screws it up when he reveals he knows she’s sick. Give the man some credit, he at least knows he was being too intrusive and apologizes before leaving.
On his way back up, Liz Allen shows up and catches a ride with him to his room. He’s only got a chair in it, I swear. Anyway, Liz asks him who he really is because she’s looked up the SSN and did a thorough background check on his ass.
He briefly entertains the thought of killing her, only to decide against it because it was too dramatic. I found it disturbing because there was no sign it was an imagine spot until afterwards, but he does come up with a reasonable lie after she explains she think he’s the Spider-Man from before.
He explains that he’s an Alchemax employee from 2099 and Ty stone is his grandfather and he wanted him to live up to his full potential. If she tells anyone, he either leaves or will throw her out a window. Again disturbing, but most of it was somewhat true.
Anyway, she mostly cares about how he changed his clothing so quickly, so he shows her Lyla and then asks what he wants. She kisses him for some reason and then goes about her way, leaving him as confused as I am. What is with all the spiders getting some action this week? Naturally Tempest shows up afterwards and explains she has Leukemia and she has months to live, before going about her way as the comic ends.
Okay, review time…
This basically a follow-up to the last issue, introducing all the players in the game. There’s the boss who knows his secret and seeks to exploit it, there’s the sick love-interest and he just so happens to be an expert in genetics, and there’s the archrival grandfather who’s kind of a dick.
Still, call it a 4 out of 5.
Miguel O’ Hara is now part of the Marvel 616 universe and I intend to review how he adjusts to our time period with my review of Spider-Man 2099 #1.
The story picks up with some time traveling douche-bag crashing a truck meant for Serval Industries (All-New X-Factor) and then snapping the neck of someone who got out of their car to help him just to steal it. You can already tell this asshole time-cop is the bad guy of the issue. I’ve seen D-List villains with better manners and motives.
Meanwhile, Miguel is renting an apartment that looks like the scene of a murder. There’s even blood on the floor. Tempest, the girl from the short in Amazing Spider-Man that Miguel saved from a mugging, arrives to clean it up. She’s not exactly friendly, but he’s clearly got an interest in her.
Miguel, under the name of Mike, goes to work at Alchemax, where the time-cop douche is and demands help or he would kill one of the guards. Which he then does, before threatening to hurt the other since one of his children would go to do serious cancer research and that means he can’t kill him. The guard sends him up to the executive-level, where Ty Stone and Miguel are.
Ty Stone leaves Miguel to die, I kid you not, and so the fight begins. Miguel points out that he could just take him back to his time period if he can jump through time, but the guard states that is illegal. Not this is the man who killed at least three people because they inconvenienced him. When SWAT gets there he adds to the body count before Miguel drops into Liz Allen’s office with time-cop on his tail.
The cop basically gives him an ultimatum: Since she’s had her son and partly responsible for the bad future, and he can’t actually hit Miguel, he can kill her and leave him be. Miguel agrees, only to make him shoot himself, solving the problem for the time being. Yeah, he’s not Peter Parker.
He leaves and Liz Allen immediately asks her assistant if any windows are broken. Because they aren’t and because Spider-Men always enter from windows, and theirs are all sealed, he must be an employee. If so, she’s taking the Serval route and getting her own superhero for hire.
Okay, review time.
I’m not sure how I liked this issue. Yes, it was action-paced and informative, but Miguel doesn’t kill indirectly or directly if I can remember correctly. You could argue that it was necessary, but I’m not sure how it would fly in the long run…
Oh well, it gets a 4 out of 5.