The 2099 heroes wrap up their story on Battleworld. The combined might of the Avengers and Defenders are needed as a new foe arises, and he, in turn, calls in something nastier and uglier. In the grand tradition of hero team ups, the two groups have to put their differences aside to battle something far worse than they are. It’s an ugly fight.
Peter David managed to do more than just take familiar names and toss them into the future. Most of the characters get nicely fleshed out, and very distinct from their present day counterparts. This version of Captain America is very different, and also doesn’t have the shield. What happened to it is never explained. The Black Widow is also very different, and the issue (and series) end on her indulging in some of her off-duty pursuits. I really enjoyed these characters and hope Marvel gives David a chance to do more with them in the future.
Plot: The surprises here are nicely done, and the teams mesh well. The bad guys are surprising and pose a legitimate threat, even to two whole groups of supers. I’ll give the plot a high 3.5 out of 5.
Art: The art has been great, and mostly is here, too. But one of the bad guys just doesn’t quite look as threatening as he really should. He almost looks a bit silly. I’ll go 3 out of 5 for the art.
Positives: I like the teams, the new characters, the original takes on old names. David works in his trademark humor and different perspectives on familiar tropes.
Negatives: There are so many characters that not everyone gets a lot of “screen time.” As seems to happen a lot lately, Hawkeye gets the short end of the stick. Also, as mentioned above, one of the villains looked more silly than menacing.
Peter David writes the 2099 world very well. I’ve enjoyed this story. It’s been one of my favorites of the Battleworld books. I hope when the dust settles after this event, Marvel will give David a chance to play in this time frame again.
Secret Wars 2099 #5
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Will Sliney
Colorist: Antonio Fabela
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover: Dave Rapoza