Marvel is celebrating the 30-year anniversary of its 2099 imprint with Spider-Man 2099: Exodus, a thrilling limited series that revolutionizes the far-future setting for a new age! Written by Steve Orlando, the saga kicks off when a Celestial falls to Earth, providing a glimmer of hope to the grim dystopian world that fan-favorite hero Spider-Man 2099, Miguel O’Hara, must protect at all costs. Following Spider-Man’s mission, each issue of the series switches focus to a different team or character resulting in a thrilling journey that catches readers up to speed with the core elements of the 2099 mythos and introduces new heroes along the way such as 2099 versions of Black Widow, Loki, and Winter Soldier. And in August’s Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #5, Orlando will team up with acclaimed artist Kim Jacinto, colorist Jay David Ramos, and letterer Clayton Cowles to debut the new X-Men 2099! Joining classic X-Men 2099 characters such as Cerebra, Krystalin, and Bloodhawk will be new X-Men, some of who have adopted the names of their legendary predecessors. Check out action-packed new interior artwork and Jacinto’s design sheets that feature these new 2099 X-Men including Cyclops, Northstar, Phoenix, and more!
Spider-Man: Exodus #5 reveals that at the epicenter of the Celestial’s Garden is a mutant, somehow fallen from the stars. The nomadic X-Men fight to claim the Garden as their new home but will Spider-Man respect their claim? Or will he try to take the Garden for humans? And even if they can co-exist, what’ll Spider-Man and the X-Men do about the Cabal Sentinels breathing down their necks?
Be there on August 3 when mutantkind joins the 2099 revolution in Spider-Man: Exodus #5! It features covers by Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Arif Prianto, Ken Lashley and Juan Fernandez, and Ron Lim and Israel Silva.
I enjoyed the first issue of Spider-Man 2099: Exodus. There was a nice return to the classic world and characters. For someone who read the line of comics when it first came out, it was absolute nostalgia that hooked me. Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #2 I think improves on the formula continuing to expand the world but also focused on the quest at hand.
Written by Steve Orlando, the comic begins with Spider-Man 2099 attempting to recruit another individual for his mission. From there, we get the story of Loki 2099 and what has happened to the gods of Asgard.
It’s an interesting story and one that adds a lot to the world of 2099 with a tragic story that looks at the past as well as the future of that corner of the Marvel Universe. It’s a solid story that way that answers some questions and sets up a nice future for Asgard as well.
The art by Marco Castiello is solid. With color by Antonio Fabela and lettering by Joe Caramagna, the comic has a feel that’s nice mix of western, fantasy, and the futuristic world. There’s an interesting design to everything and the characters Loki comes across. The feel of it all reminds me a lot of Marvel’s futuristic “Old Man” world of stories which also blended a western aesthetic with the world of superheroes.
Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #2 is a solid comic that builds on its world infusing different genres in an already intriguing story. It switches things up a lot taking what feels like inspiration from other genres than what have been explored in the past with the line. Overall, it feels like it celebrates the 2099 of the past while setting up the 2099 of the future.
Story: Steve Orlando Art: Marco Castiello
Color: Antonio Fabela Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.85 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.85 Recommendation: Buy
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