2,099 Cameos and Counting
Written by: Peter David
I haven’t been too hot on the last few issues of Spider-Man 2099. There have been various reasons for my bitterness, but for the most part it just hasn’t been very fun or interesting to read. With that being said, I go into each issue hoping to see things turn around because this is a character I love going back to the 90’s … and yes, I know that can be a dirty thing to say. So, let’s go peek into the future of the 2099 Marvel U and see what’s crack-a-lacking in issue fourteen.
Thankfully, Spidey still has some friends in real low places, as in Hell, because out of nowhere Ghost Rider 2099 comes to save our hero’s ass taking out the Punisher in the process. Spidey and Ghost Rider catch-up quickly, with Spider-Man taking the bitch position on GR’s flying motorbike, as they get the hell out of dodge before Punisher’s back up arrives.
Meanwhile, we check in on Captain America 2099, still on the hunt for her family, this time in a dreary bar run by this timeline's Iron Fist. In the midst of looking for answers, in the bottom of a tall pint, Alchemax goons bust in to break up the party forcing Cap and her search party to literally take flight with an assist from Hawkeye 2099. Hawkeye brings Cap to a gathering of superheroes hiding out in an RV highlighted with appearances of the Hulk (who is driving), Hercules and others.
Meanwhile, checking in on Ghost Rider and Spidey, it seems they’ve assembled with a separate group of heroes at the Sanctum Santorum. Dr. Strange, Moon Knight, and Daredevil conducting an exorcism highlight the end of our issue. The awesome group also looks to be developing a plan to take the fight to Alchemax. Our final cliffhanger leaves us with Alchemax also preparing for war and it looks like it's the dawn of the 2099 Battle Royale to end them all.
Overall this was a marked improvement over the previous couple of Civil War tie-in issues I've read. Peter David literally throws about a one hundred different cameos at you but I actually enjoyed it thoroughly because it was a blast to see. The story, which I’ve had a little trouble grasping as of late, also picks up a little steam and begins to make more sense too. So, on top of a little fun to be had, progress is also made.