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Spider-Man 2099 #1 (2014)

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Spider-Man 2099 #1 (2014)

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Spider-Man 2099 is back in this brand new series, but this time, he's stuck in the present time of 2014. This new series picks up where he was last seen in issues 17-19 of "The Superior Spider-Man." Spider-Man 2099 made his first appearance in issue 365 of "The Amazing Spider-Man" in a five page preview during Spider-Man's 30th anniversary, and the first series was released shortly after when Marvel Comics had their 2099 line of books. The first series ended with issue 46, But Spider-Man 2099 has continued to make appearances from time to time. Not being too familiar with the Spider-Man 2099 mythos, I wasn't sure whether to pick this issue up, the only Spider-Man 2099 issue I've read is the first one, and that's because the issue was reprinted in an oversized Amazing Spider-Man book I have.
Having read all of the issues of Superior Spider-Man, curiosity peaked my interest, so I gave this book a chance. This was a wise decision, because this is a great way to start off a new series. Even if new readers aren't familiar with Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099, there's a nice introduction in the beginning of this book. It's a quick summary, but it's good enough to catch up and enjoy this issue. Creator Peter David is back as the writer, and this is why this is a great read, because he knows the title character. Will Sliney's artwork compliments this issue as well, and the colors by Antonio Fabela brings this issue to life.
The intro scene is a spectacle that needs to be seen, it'll "wow" the readers. Because Miguel is stuck in the present day, he has to look for a place to live, and we get to see this. It's a nice touch of realism here. The villain of this story is an adjustor from T.O.T.E.M. and he's a time traveler from the year 2211. He wants Spider-Man 2099 eliminated, but Spider-Man 2099 might have other ideas going on in his mind. This premiere issue has a nice mix of humor and action, and that's what will make readers want to come back for more. There's a nice cliffhanger at the end of the issue as well.
Putting it all together, this issue is impressive. I give this premiere issue a 4.5 out of five stars, it'll be interesting to see what happens next. Spider-Man 2099 #1 has 22 pages, retails for $3.99, and is available in print and on digital formats.

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