“2099 ALPHA” #1
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Viktor Bogdanovic
Cover Artist(s): Patrick Gleason, Art Adams, Viktor Bogdanovic
Back in 1992, Marvel Comics offered a bizarre vision of 107 years into the future with its “Marvel 2099” imprint, which featured futuristic versions of Spider-Man, Punisher, Dr. Doom and new character Ravage, later they later included the X-Men, Hulk, Ghost Rider in 1993 and Fantastic Four in 1996. Set in a cyberpunk-like dystopian future, the world has become a police state ruled by huge mega-corporations including Alchemax in “Nueva” (New) York. Although the 2099 line went over well with the fans, due to declining sales the series was cancelled in 1998. Along with a few appearances over the years, the characters remained absent, until in 2014 when Marvel launched a new series with “Spider-Man 2099” written by Peter David and with art by Will Sliney.
Now as 2020 approaches, Marvel begins a new era (again) with their “Next Big Thing” and the return of the Marvel 2099 (Earth-928) line. With the events in “The Amazing Spider-Man” #s 32-34, leading up to this, apparently the future is in trouble as Spider-Man 2099/Miguel O’Hara arrived in the present to ask Peter Parker’s help in saving the future. But in this exceedingly dark and bleak future (what else would it be?) and confusing, as the world seems to be in chaos as rival forces battle on the streets!
“2099 Alpha” #1 serves as a starting point for five new series this coming year, including “Spider-Man 2099”, “Fantastic Four 2099”, “Punisher 2099”, “Ghost Rider 2099” and “Conan 2099”! Yes, even Conan is in the future now. Also, as this year celebrates the 80th anniversary of Marvel Comics (aka Timely Comics back then), it seemed no mere coincidence that Marvel would go “Back to the Future”! I guess Doc Brown would be proud? So we’ve literally gone from 1939 to 2019 and back to 2099. Back in the 90’s I was a fervent reader of “Spider-Man” and “X-Men 2099” and “Ghost Rider” later on. I’m looking forward to seeing the future (again) but, I am sadly missing “X-Men 2099” which has yet to be announced. If you’re ready to dive in to 2099, “2099 Alpha” #1 is the best jumping on point followed by “2099 Omega” #1, but you may want to go back and see what happened in “Amazing Spider-Man” first.🕷️
Written by Dave “Chernabog” Whiteman, a Native Texan, Metalhead🤘, Writer, Star Woid, Funatic, and all-around Fanboy/Nerd/Geek! 👓