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.
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.
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.