The chaos of the Secret Wars event seems to be over in most of the Marvel Universe, and the new status quo is being established. I don’t get a lot of Marvel titles, so I don’t quite know what’s going on in all of this. It would appear that the “main” Marvel Earth and that of the Ultimates merged, kind of like after the Crisis on Infinite Earths over in DC back in the 80’s. I don’t know why Peter Parker is head of a big company now, but that seems to be the case.
For Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man of 2099, his new life is fairly different. He has quit being Spider-Man, which I think is required for everyone who wears a Spider costume in the Marvel U. Peter’s certainly quit often enough. Miguel’s now trying to live a normal (sort of) life. Miguel runs Alchemax, the company that was the bane of his existence in the future (time travel is bad for verb tenses). He’s dating Tempest, the woman he was helping before the Secret Wars shake up. And he goes on a thinly disguised game show to show off and have some fun. He does still have Lyla and a portal to the future, which remains in ruins. Something in the present has disrupted the time Miguel came from. There is some government plotting going on the background that may have something to do with it.
Miguel meets a new employee of the company named Roberta. Peter David is being clever, and pulling a character from his recent version of the Avengers from the 2099 era. She seems to dimly remember some of that, which makes me wonder how much of “Battleworld” is lingering in the background. Miguel’s new life is looking really good… until the end of the issue. I guess Parker isn’t the only Spider-Man with bad luck.
Plot: David’s doing a good job with the new timeline. He serves up a few surprises while we learn at least some of how things stand now. The ending is a shocker. I’ll give it a 4 out of 5 for plot.
Art: Sliney’s art continues to impress. He does a good job with a lot of different things going on. I’ll give the art a 3.5 out of 5.
Positives: The game show parody was great (I may be biased as I watch that one). It was an unexpected twist seeing Roberta again, and her reaction to Miguel makes me wonder what else Peter David has planned.
Negatives: The last scene is tragic and heartbreaking. I feel for poor Miguel. I’m not wild about another new government secret agency, although I tend to trust David’s writing skills.
Overall, this is a good start, or restart I guess, of a title I was enjoying before the big event interruption. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what David has in store for the time-lost Spider-Man.
Spider-Man 2099 #1
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Will Sliney
Colorist: Frank D’Armata
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Cover: Fransesco Mattina