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Spider-Man 2099 Omnibus Vol. 1

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Unfortunately, Peter David left the series before the last two issues were written and things go off the rails. The year 2099 is full of menace, but none so insidious as the corrupt corporations that run the world! Miguel is a more lethal, if you have to die you have to die, type hero that I absolutely love and makes sense in this darker and morally gray world they all live in.

Shame to read this on the heels of Spider-Verse's inevitable replacement of Miguel's character for almost all public consciousness, alas. and problems, and the origin of becoming Spider-Man is extremely different and unsettling what gets him there, to be honest! Miguel O'Hara is definitely NOT Peter Parker - your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man - and that is part of what makes him and his series so great.

The world of Marvel 2099 may be a fun novelty, but it is Miguel O'Hara that will keep you coming back. Miguel O'Hara, his DNA rewritten in an attempt to escape his employer Alchemax, has gained amazing powers -- and become the brand new Spider-Man! With a job at Parker Industries, a stable relationship, and uncertain of what impact his actions will have on the future, Miguel O'Hara has decided that it's time to hang up the webs and retire from being Spider-Man.

But when a dangerous new threat appears and puts his new life in jeopardy, he’s got no choice but to don some new threads and tackle the problem the only way he knows how: head on. I know there was a fair deal of disappointment over Miguel taking the seat as CEO of Alchemax, but with the way things were turning out in the book, if Peter David had been allowed to keep going at it, we might've seen a deepening realization in Miguel that this was never going to work, even with him having good intentions. While today there’s a multiverse of new iterations and remixes of the Spider-Man character, Miguel O’Hara was one of the first, if not THE first, reimagining of Spider-Man to become popular in the mainstream. He doesn't harbor any particular love for the "legend" that was Spider-Man from the past, and he pretends - either to those around him, or to himself - that he isn't much of a nice guy.The death of Dina, Tyler Stone just never dying, Gabi’s reveal, and the sheer introduction of Xina and ensuing love triangle make this feel more like any other comic book and less like its own entity. I'm a big Spidey fan and will try to stay objective, but the thrill of reading this full series cannot be overstated for me. Miguel is not drawn to heroism in response to tragic consequences from self-centered action, but he's definitely drawn to self-centeredness. But sadly it feels like Peter David got short notice that 2099 would be ending because while few plot points wrap up there's like 5 or 6 that didn't. On top of that the art is freaking fantastic, the first 25 or so issues being done by Rick Leonardi, and other artist later come on board to also help build this fantastic future like world that somehow works so well in a cyberpunk like setting.

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