With the reveal of Miguel and Tempest’s son, Gabri, the Spider-Man of the year 2099 has to decide how to handle this situation. To make matters worse, Tempest has been kidnapped in the year 2017. Gabri and Tempest imply that Miguel dies on this rescue mission. However, Miguel knows he can’t leave Tempest to suffer, so Spider-Man 2099 must make take on one last mission in the year 2017. The final irony is that Alchemax has taken her to the newly constructed Blackthorne Prison, which Miguel helped design.
As previously stated and you likely already know, this is the final issue of Peter David and Will Sliney’s Spider-Man 2099 series. It’s a series that I have been reading in trades, and it’s actually a very solid read. It’s often quite fun, and Miguel O’Hara is a great protagonist. It never reaches genuine greatness, but there is more than enough room in the world for books like Spider-Man 2099.
This issue provides a nice wrap-up for the events of the comic, focusing on the importance of Tempest to Miguel and attempting to tie up all those loose time-travel threads that have been hanging throughout the series. It even features a final showdown between Spider-Man 2099 and Man Mountain Marko, which has some pretty amusing and intense beats to it.
It shows how Tempest becomes the bug-person that we see know, and seeing how little that affects Miguel’s perception of her is pretty sweet.
The finale itself, which is to say the last few pages, feels a little rushed. It has some nice moments to it, like how it finally becomes the year 2100, but you get the impression that Mr. David wasn’t given a lot of forewarning that this would be his last issue. It all kind of neatly slides into place and the comic is over. Whether or not Miguel O’Hara dies, I won’t say.
Mr. Sliney’s art has always been a great fit for this book. It’s sleek, fast-moving, and even has a futuristic vibe to it that fits Spider-Man 2099 near-perfectly. On top of that, it’s just great art to look at. It’s visually appealing, and it has that superhero power to it. The bright colors and dark shades of Rachelle Rosenberg’s color work complement it well, and the resulting comic just looks damn good.
It’s hard to recommend this issue if you haven’t read the series thus far, given that this is the final one. That being said, definitely pick up the Spider-Man 2099 trades. David and Sliney did a great job on this series, and it never seemed to get the credit that it was due.
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