Peter David has written a lot of comics. He’s come up with some new characters that have really impressed me over time. I actually read and enjoyed his run on the Hulk, and that’s not a character I’ve ever cared for. The man is impressive.
This issue has two of his creations crossing paths. The Spider-Man of 2099, fresh off the huge Spider-Crossover, is trying to get back to his own time. He sort of gets there, but everything’s in ruins. Looking for answers, he finds another of David’s creations- the Maestro, a future and very evil version of the Hulk. They have a very short fight. Unlike most comics, where the star of the book finds a way to win no matter how unlikely, this fight goes the way you’d expect a Spider-Man vs Hulk clash to go. Spidey does learn a bit about what happened to destroy his future, and encounters another prisoner of the Maestro. Be warned, the Maestro is a vicious character who is not at all shy about using his incredible strength.
Plot: Miguel, this Spider-Man, is in a lot of trouble. I’ll give this a 3.5 out of 5 for some creative twists.
Art: Sliney has done a good job throughout this series. I’ll go 3.5 out of 5 for the art, too.
Positives: Peter David writes good, original stories, and isn’t bound by the usual expectations of a comic book. Spider-Man in action is always great to see, and I like that he didn’t manage to pull off some miracle to beat the Maestro in a straight up fight.
Negatives: I was liking the idea of Miguel O’Hara in the modern era. He’s spent a lot of this title away from that, between the big Spider event and now this. It’s a good story, but I’d like to see him back in “our” time.
I continue to enjoy Peter David’s writing of Miguel’s adventures. Miguel’s in a bad spot and I cant’ wait to see how David gets him out of it.
Spider-Man 2099 #9
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Will Sliney
Colorist: Antonio Fabela
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Francesco Mattina