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Spider-Man 2099 #23 Review

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Spider-Man 2099 #23 Review

To stop the future from being destroyed, the Spider-Man from the future who is stuck in the past must travel a few years back…er…forward to the future and figure out what happens so that he can go back to the past/our present to make sure it still has a future.

Spider-Man 2099 #23 Review
Spider-Man 2099 #23
Writer: Peter David
Artist: Oscar Bazaldua
Publisher: Marvel Comics

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Observations

  • This scene would be a lot funnier if the next three months of solicitations hadn’t already come out.
  • Good thing time travel comes with a restart and/or reposition button (apparently).
  • Nothing like a slightly dated Pokemon reference in a comic that happens in the future.
  • The new costume is cool, but I still dig the old Spider-Man 2099 look. I’m also going to guess that its very prominent appearance means it’s going to play a large part in the story.
  • Good thing only 2099 villains decided to take part in this world-ending plot.
  • CALLED IT. Try not to be jealous of my ability to deftly predict the obvious.

The Verdict

Okay, all snark aside, this issue creates one hell of an intriguing setup in the last few pages. Unfortunately, the rest of it isn’t very good.

From the low stakes banter about how dangerous it would be for Miguel to time travel to Stone’s bizarrely stilted dialogue, there isn’t a whole lot to like beyond Will Sliney’s art (and his gorgeous rendition of the classic Spidey 2099 suit).

That being said, you have to give Peter David credit for pulling together a deliciously fascinating cliffhanger that should make the next issue move near the top of any Spider-fan’s pull list. I just wish we’d had the book’s usual narrative strength to get us there.

Spider-Man 2099 #23 Review
Spider-Man 2099 #23
Is it good?
The ending is great, but the path the book takes to get us there is painfully bland.
We get to see Sliney draw the original Spider-Man 2099 costume!
Peter David ends the issue with a dizzying/fantastic sequence of events.
From the low stakes banter about how dangerous it would be for Miguel to time travel to Stone’s bizarrely stilted dialogue, there isn’t a whole lot to like beyond Will Sliney’s art.
5
Average

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