Okay, the last issue of Spider-Man 2099, issue #18, is out and so here’s my review of it. Read on as the series comes to a close in lieu of Secret Wars!
The comic opens with when we last left off, namely that Miguel’s efforts to cure Tempest led to her becoming a new member of his rogue gallery, like so many others. He narrates that by all accounts this shouldn’t be happening, but then thinks about all the crazy things he’d been up to and figures anyone of them could be responsible. Right now, his more pressing matter was the spider-wasp woman trying to eat him.
The fight spills over to a park, where his A.I informs him that the change should be temporary at best, when we get a hostage situation with a police officer being held captive in order to lure him out. In stark contrast to the majority of the police community, this one is actually on Miguel’s side. Where has she been lately?
Anyway, Miguel lures Tempest underwater and then manages to distract her by revealing his secret identity long enough to knock her out. The police arrive and try to arrest him, failing predictably even as the nice one covers for him winging her with a bullet, and Miguel deposits Tempest back into her room and apologizes for the whole thing.
As the comic ends, we have confirmation that she remembers what happened while under the transformation, including his secret identity.
Okay, review time.
Short, sweet, and to the point. I can’t really complain, but having some sort of confirmation as to what was the reason she suddenly went hungry for spiders would have been nice. Oh, well, there’s not much you can do once you reach the closing chapter of the series. 4 out of 5.
As for the series as a whole, I found it entertaining. Reading it was never a chore, but sometimes Miguel’s thoughts disturbed me—like when he thought of throwing his boss out of a window. Miguel operates differently than Peter in how approaches things, though he doesn’t go as far as Kaine would. It would have been nice if it lasted longer, but all we can do is hope he survives the reboot….
Oh, who are we kidding, all spiders are safe.
The series itself gets a 5 out of 5.
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.
Trapped in Maestro’s lair, can Miguel escape back to the past to correct the future? Read my review of Spider-Man 2099 #10 to find out!
Our comic picks up after Maestro has curbstomped our hero and dropped him off in a cell. Maestro’s minister asks him what he was thinking locking the hero up unchained in a cell with a Sorceress Supreme. Clearly he knows that this can only lead to one thing, namely that they team-up and escape, but Maestro tells him that he doesn’t care what he thinks. He doesn’t even care about the future he’s conquered since he’s done all there is to do in this world and now he wants more.
Meanwhile, Miguel can’t even crawl over to the female Doctor Strange because he’s so badly beaten, but he manages to fire a web-line and she pulls him close enough to heal. He breaks her chains and they stomp through some guards in order to get to where Maestro has a time machine, with Miguel desperate to go back and fix this mess. There they find Doom’s Time Platform and he figures they just need enough power and there’s half-a-dozen Iron Man suits still in working order.
Maestro shows up and ganks the Sorceress Supreme using a Soul Dagger and an Invisibility Cloak. Miguel flips and manages to get off a shot of an Iron Man Gauntlet before hopping the platform to get back to his own time. He hopes he put Maestro down, because him coming back to the past would be a worse-case scenario. Sad to say, that’s exactly what happened because Maestro and the female Doctor Strange (or rather, the demon possessing her) tricked him into giving Maestro exactly what he wanted.
He ends up in the past right as the comic ends.
Okay, review time…
Honestly, I liked it. It was short, precise, and accomplished what was set out to be done rather than drag it by three more issues. Art was wonderful, and future materials were laid out for plot.
4 out of 5.
Spider-Man 2099 #9 is out now! Read my review of what happens at the end of Spider-verse, when Miguel is sent back to his own time!
The comic opens with the future not looking like Miguel remembers. Rather than a sprawling and packed city, it’s a wasteland of debris and gloomy remnants of a once great city. He starts freaking out, wondering if Morlun was responsible, but some raiders shoot at him before he can get too into it and he fakes dead long enough to get them close enough to take him to the nearest sign of civilization.
The shantytown the two take him to is empty, due to more guys showing up and trying to capture them. Turns out they work for the Maestro, an alternate future version of the Hulk who has a brain. Long story short, he and the Hulk get into it and Miguel gets beaten like a drum until the dude gets bored.
As they carry him back to the Hulk’s place, he mentions that this wasteland is due to Alchemax experimenting leading to nukes flying. Yep, somehow they make things even worse than the original 2099. Anyway, Maestro makes it clear he wants to get back to the past, which will end horribly for everyone, and Miguel gets tossed into a cell where a female Doctor Strange is as the comic ends.
Okay, review time…
Honestly, I found this to be okay. Not too good, but not bad. It’s just average since it’s setting up a cool down arc for either Miguel returning to the past or into Secret Wars, but at least this explains the reason that Miguel mentioned Harrison Snow basically killed those two he sent back to the future in the last issue of All-New X-Factor.
3 out of 5.
Now it’s time we took a look into Lady Spider world! Here’s my Spider-Man 2099 #8 review!
Miguel and Lady Spider arrive at the former safe zone only to see corpses lying around, much to the detriment of Lady Spider’s stomach. They share a moment of compassion with a hug, before they stumble across the giant robot that we lost to Solus before he got ganked by Kaine. They immediately decide to fix it up and she knows just the place to go.
She visits her time period and asks for permission to use the lab of Harold Osborn’s father, Norman Osborn as you would expect. He agrees, planning to attack it, and Miguel hitches a ride as they transfer it piece-by-piece. Miguel points out the Inheritors are weak to radiation, so if they had some for the robot it would screw the Inheritors over big time.
Anyway, Peter decides to call in and tell them about the new safe zone as Harold arrives to see Lady Spider and they get attacked by the Six Men of Sinestry. They get beaten by Lady Spider, Miguel, and the giant robot, before Miguel recognizes that the Doc Ock was using some radioactive materials to power his arms and has her get some Lead to contain it. Using parts from the six, they manage to fix the robot and get to leave, only for Lady Spider to wonder how Harold is doing. Harold goes to visit his father, only to get shot as the comic ends with the robot back in action.
Okay, review time…
Overall, it was another tie-in, but it was interesting over all. Shame about that Harold dude, but there was nothing to be done with it.
3 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.
Spider-Verse is still in effect and Miguel O’hara is doing his part to aid his fellow spiders! Read my review of Spider-man 2099 #7!
The comic opens with Daemos trapped in the field, unable to escape. Miguel tells Lady Spider that the more he struggles, the higher the energy level multiplies, so he’s not going anywhere. He then pays a visit to Tyler Stone and basically tells him that he’s still pissed about being dumped in 2014, but Daemos is the bigger threat and he needs a lab to work on the dissection.
When it begins, Daemos continues boasting about how he cannot be stopped. Miguel doesn’t think they can hold him for long so he has Lady Spider analyzing a device that he got from the other him that was killed by Morlun, with Tyler Stone taking a peek as well. I mean, interdimensional tech just screams profit.
Daemos, having grown bored, gives them an ultimatum, let him go and they will be spared to die of old age. They aren’t going to take it, of course, but tell him they’ll think it over. Miguel was hoping to find something else they could survive off so they didn’t eat his kind, but there’s nothing so far, while Lady Spider has a little more luck with the device.
When time is up they reject his offer, so he tells them they’re his new targets and starts meditating. Miguel runs off to a Bio-lab for some kind of cure that was done back in the 2040s. Whatever it is seems important and useful, but Lady Spider calls him back when Daemos begins to fight against the field hard enough to absorb enough energy to power the city. While this does kill him, he has a clone on the ground in mere minutes afterwards.
To buy them a few more minutes, Miguel called in Punisher 2099. Armed with a decent gun, it punches him away until he misses and then he does what might be the coolest thing ever. He beats Daemos over the head with a titanium bat three times before lighting him up with a plasma cannon and melting the floor beneath him. This man is made of win!
That buys the two spiders enough time to jump back to the Safe Zone, only this is after Morlun’s family ran through the place, so they end up amidst corpses as the comic ends.
Okay, review time!
I love it. Not only do we see more of 2099’s world and characters, we get to see someone ordinary putting a halt to the Inheritors momentarily and they even managed to snag what amounts to a win. 5 out of 5!
Okay, here’s the latest entry in the Edge of Spider-Verse series. Read my review and recap of Spider-Man 2099 # 5.
The comic opens with an alternate version of Miguel O’Hara , who sold out to the Avengers, being attacked by Morlun. It goes about as well as you would expect, namely he gets eaten so hard that all the other version of him felt it, including ours in the 616-universe and he nearly blacks out while chasing a helicopter. He pulls himself together and catches the robbers in the helicopter, but is confused about it.
Back with Morlun, it turns out that another alternate version of Miguel was watching and he may have led Morlun to him. This Miguel, who works with the Exiles, learned about Morlun and tried to reach the other versions of him through a mental link. Now he’s grabbing whatever he thinks will help and then running to the 616-Universe since Morlun might be afraid of it because he died there.
Back with our Miguel, he’s managing to convince Ty Stone and Liz Allen to work on building a super-prison for the villains when he gets another migraine. A younger version of him bit the bullet and once again the Exile Miguel felt it and decided it’s time to go to his 616 counterpart. Just as soon as he gets the portal open, he gets eaten in front of our Miguel and the only reason Morlun doesn’t go after him is because he’s afraid of their universe.
The comic ends as Miguel decides to go find Peter Parker.
Okay, review time…
So, we see another Spider-Man taking preemptive measures to stop the Inheritors, albeit one that failed. With only a final entry left in the Edge series before the main event I am excited.
4 out of 5.
The Spider-Man of the future now faces the Scorpion of the present in the fourth issue of the 2099 series! How does it all go down? Read my review and find out!
The comic picks up where it last left off, with Miguel about to go mano-a-mano with Scorpion. He tries to tell them they’re on the same side, but he doesn’t care since Otto punched his jaw off the last time they met and he’s not bright enough to tell the differences in the costumes. Alchemax made his suit stronger and faster since there was apparently no one who knew spiders and robots better… except maybe Smythe, but Otto straight up killed him.
Miguel quickly learns, however, that despite history stating he was barely a nuisance to Peter, history books often pale in comparison to the real thing as he gets a proper tail whip out of the building and into a group of Spider-Slayers. Then again, he doesn’t have Spider-Sense, so sucks for him.
As for Ty, the little bastard’s about to get buried alive when the building starts collapsing, all because of Scorpion. Then the woman who took him hostage saves his ass at the cost of her own life. It looks like he has a moment of guilt, but given who he is it’s hard to say. More on that later.
Back to the fight, Miguel is forced to dodge since lasers hurt until loud-mouth yells they’ll attack anyone looking like a spider. So he hides and holograms his clothes, but he neglected to remember that Scorpion is a villain and is perfectly willing to kill civilians unless he shows himself. This is why you don’t fight in a crowd if you can help it. Then Miguel remembers he has holographic tech and could put it on Scorpion to make him look like Spider-Man….
Yeah, they swarm his ass until Ty arrives and uses a deactivation phrase to shut them down. They messed him up. Anyway, with that problem solved we go back to the business meeting where Ty seemed to have learned from the woman’s sacrifice and basically tells the dictator to leave the country or the slayers will come after him.
Does it interfere with political boundaries, yes it does. Do we care? No! He’s learned something! Someone managed to reach into that black heart of his and moved it! As the comic ends Scorpion, Miguel, and Ty head back to the airport and onto the next great adventure, Spider-Verse.
Okay, review time…
Well, this turned out better than I expected. I honestly thought Ty wouldn’t learn a damn thing, so maybe he has hope besides being a little bastard. Let’s just hope no one else has to die for it to happen again.
5 out of 5.
A bit late, but my Spider-Man 2099 #3 review is here. Read on!
The comic opens with Miguel being told by Liz to get to work by accompanying Ty to a foreign country to go and sell the Spider-Slayers that got hacked by the Green Goblin a bit ago. He’s not eager, but she’s calling the shots for now so he agrees reluctantly. Miguel believes they’re being merchants of Death, but Ty sees it as by providing superior weapons that the fighting will stop since no one will want to fight against them once they demonstrate their power.
They promptly get attacked when the plane lands and, lacking a Spider-Sense, Miguel almost gets a bullet in the head from a sniper. When they try to kill him up-close things go much better for him, but Ty gets kidnapped and Miguel has to go after him to save his own skin since if he snuffs it then Miguel stops existing. He grabs a jeep and chases after him, since he has a tracker on the man, but has trouble believing how hard the capital has been hit by the poverty due to all the fighting.
Ty finds himself in the rebel group’s base. They basically give him the ultimatum of making a recording of canceling the sale of the weapons or killing him. He pretty much agrees to what keeps him alive, admitting that his priority is his own life. The rebel leader actually looks like she’s making ground on trying to convince him to try turning the robots on the one buying them as Miguel arrives, only for the guard they brought to protect the shipment of robots to get there.
It’s Scorpion. Last time we checked he was severely injured, but now he’s good enough to make threats. While Miguel is all for him freeing Ty, he won’t let him kill the other people and moves to stop him. Scorpion thinks he’s the normal Spider-Man in another new costume, but decides he doesn’t care since the Spider-Slayers are there and he’s a spider to slay as the comic ends.
Okay, review time…
It wasn’t a bad issue. But there wasn’t much humor to be had and it was actually pretty grim looking considering the current circumstances in the world. And most of the suspense was killed since we know both Ty and Miguel are coming out alive one way or another.
I’ll call it a 3 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.