Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: August 10, 2016
Review by: Branden Murray
Despite the year in it's title, Spider-Man 2099 has spent a lot of time in the present lately. If you’re anything like me, most of the appeal of this title lies in its futuristic setting and peek into the future of the Marvel Universe. So, with things trending in that direction at the start of this book, I was mildly pumped up going in. So, let’s jump into this latest issue and see what the future has to offer us this month.
Things start off in rapid fashion as we have Spider-Man and Captain America 2099 gearing up. It appears, because of some time travel hijinks, Roberta (Captain America 2099) is set to travel back to her time to find her family she thought dead while Miguel remains in the present. As she sets off for the future, these actions lead to Ulysses having one of his standard “visions” that have been occurring.
At this point in the story, a funny thing happened to me personally while reading, that doesn’t happen too often. I found myself checking out of the story a bit because we’ve now entered the same old "Ulysses has a vision and people need to stop it from happening" territory. YAWN! It feels all too reminiscent of every other Civil War tie-in book so far, which to me means boring and uninspired.
As Captain America 2099 arrives in the future, she travels to a couple locations such as a zoo, where she punches a tiger, and a Time Square type area, to scope out the surroundings and to get her bearings in this altered 2099. It’s here she places a call trying to locate anybody she may know, but instead discovers voice mail is as annoying in 2099 as it is in the present. As phone time ends, Roberta is quickly confronted by “local authorities” over being dressed and looking like a “super”.
Obviously, things escalate from here and we get a little punchy, punchy, kicky, kicky time. Just when it looks like backup has arrived and Captain 2099 is in deep shit, she gets a little assist from a pretty cool friend!
Back in present day, Peter Parker (Spider-Man) places a call to Miguel (Spider-Man 2099) alerting him to Ulysses' vision and how action needs to be taken to stop it from actually occurring. Miguel quickly gears up and heads for the time door to aid Captain America in the future. However, when he arrives in 2099, he is punished Harley Quinn style with a bat by another pretty bad ass character. He scoops up Spidey and takes him away to someplace I’m not sure of because that is indeed the issue's cliffhanger.
Bits and Pieces:
Spider-Man 2099 will always hold a special place in my heart based solely on nostalgia. However the newest volume and latest issue to this series has failed to truly capture my attention and tying it to Civil War II did nothing to help with that. I just have no idea what the overarching story is for this title. It feels like every time I pick up an issue the overall goal and purpose for Miguel is fleeting which leads to me feeling like I’m reading a random story of the month that won’t get much resolution. The art has been good and I enjoy seeing the cameos from the long forgotten 2099 cast but it’s not enough to hold my attention going forward and the Civil War tie-in is wholly unnecessary.