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Masterful faces from the masterful Steve Ditko!
SPIDER-MAN 2099 #1
Stranded in the past, the Spider-Man of the future tries to retroactively prevent the disaster that will destroy his age yet-to-come. Writer Peter David spends much of the issue deploying his chess pieces — fitting Miguel O’Hara into the new franchise-wide Spider-Verse, introducing the supporting cast, establishing Miguel’s problems and goals, and socking our hero with a tragic motivation for revenge. It’s such a busy start that our hero never appears in costumed action, which I think is a mistake. All that plainclothes heavy lifting isn’t helped by Will Sliney’s art, which is in places stiff and conveys a limited range of facial expression. A competent story but not especially entertaining.
Approachability For New Readers
I knew nothing about this character before this issue, and followed along well enough. The tight integration of the Spidey books can’t help but make you feel this is just one part of an unseen larger story, for good or ill.
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