COMIC REVIEW – “SPIDER-MAN 2099” #1
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Zé Carlos
Cover Artist(s): Vikor Bogdanovic, Travel Foreman
“Years ago, a catastrophic event brought the age of heroes to an abrupt end. Now, several megacorporations rule over humanity with the help of their private police force: the Public Eye. And above them Doom rules all. But still, there are those who would threaten to buck the system. This is the future…”
With the return of Marvel’s 2099 imprint, it marks the debut of the newest versions of the futuristic heroes and villains, however with some changes. “Spider-Man 2099” was a flagship title in the original 1992 imprint, but the series’ original run only lasted until 1996, then it was rebooted in 2014. This latest series starts off with a much more cerebral sci-fi/horror story than that of a typical superhero story.
Miguel O’Hara is a geneticist living in Nueva York, who worked for Alchemax, but ever since he visited a secluded research facility in The Ravage, he hasn’t been the same. Now suffering from withdrawal symptoms from The Rapture, a cognitive enhancement drug that employees subscribe to in order to increase their neuroplasticity, Miguel has been experiencing bizarre hallucinations. His visions include that of a monstrous mutant-spider who speaks in a cryptic language he can’t understand, as well as a blue and red costumed figure. But throughout this, one word keeps popping into his head “ouroboros”. Determined to get his life back together with both his fiancé Dana and his brother Gabe, Miguel searches for answers as to the identity of this Spider Man, while also trying to regain his sanity.
This latest Miguel O’Hara is a much different and somewhat tragic character than previous incarnations. As he appears to no longer be the Spider-Man, plus he is plagued by horrific visions as well as an irrational fear of spiders. His hectic and troubled life in this futuristic dystopia has become a nightmare as his former life as a top star at Alchemax has come crashing down.
The biggest difference with these latest 2099 titles is that each of these characters get a one-shot that begin in “2099 Alpha” and then “2099 Omega” and tie in to their respective titles such as “Amazing Spider-Man.” The tone of this new title is much darker than the original “Blade Runner” like dystopia, in particular this Spider-Man features a creature that seems very much like the Brundle-Fly played by Jeff Goldblum in David Cronenberg’s “The Fly” (1986).
The most fascinating element of the story is the mention of the “ouroboros,” which is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail. For those that remember Lance Henriksen in “Millennium” will be very familiar with this symbol. As it represents the eternal cyclic renewal or a cycle of life, death and rebirth. It seems to relate to this futuristic tale, much as the year 2000 (Y2K) caused much fear and apprehension with many people. And the coming of the year 2100, seems no different, marking a rebirth of the future of Marvel after 80 years.
Much of the 2099 titles are connected to each other, but of course for Spider-Man, there is a lot connecting it to the “Amazing Spider-Man” tie-ins #s 32-34. I also recommend “Ghost Rider 2099” and “Punisher 2099.
Written by Dave “Chernabog” Whiteman, a Native Texan, Metalhead🤘, Writer, Star Woid, Funatic, and all-around Fanboy/Nerd/Geek! 👓