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Review: Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha

Having read comics most of my life, I’m old enough to remember a time when reading these works of art were shunned upon. In fact, one of my best friends from high school used to commiserate with me about comics all the time, but we didn’t make it known to most of our friends. Our apparent “shame” seems ridiculous in today’s climate since comics culture is now part of popular culture. This was around the time when Image Comics first emerged on the scene and the big two publishers were doing everything to compete with them. 

One of the things Marvel did in 1992 was introduce the 2099 series line. It imagined a world where many of our heroes still existed 107 years from present day. One of the more interesting characters, which incidentally was its most popular, was Miguel O’Hara AKA Spiderman 2099. In a follow-up to that iconic series, writer Steve Orlando reintroduces the character in the debut issue of Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha, where we find an embattled Miguel facing a new atrocity in America’s wastelands.

We are taken back to Nueva York , in the Lightwielding District, where a recruit for the Cabal, super powered crime cartel, who answers nobody,  were terrorizing citizens, a fact that Miguel uses  to suss out exactly where the Cabal may be hiding out. As Miguel enters their lair, he uncovers a vast network, one that he completely underestimated, as we find out the Cabal took out what was left of the Avengers, and may be the reason for what is considered an extinction level event, known as the Ontario Impact, which has world leaders and corporations pointing fingers, as Miguel might be the only one who can get to the truth. As Miguel needs help, he looks for it Nueva York’s Dead Zone and finds Ghost Rider,  who can decrypt the Cabal’s files but  finds a few firewalls in the programming’s path, one such being a digital Cave Troll. As Ghost Rider temporarily distracts the Cave Troll, Miguel is able to sneak past it, to find the files he is looking for. Before Miguel, can find anymore, Ghost Rider pulls him out, as they drawn the interest of Cabal Killcraft. By the issue’s end, Miguel and Ghost Rider finds out that a familiar foe runs the Cabal, and has become powerful in his stead.

Overall, Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha is an excellent return to Nueva York and the world of 2099. The story by Orlando is exciting. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a worthy reintroduction of a classic series.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Paul Fry
Color: Neeraj Menon Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/Kindle – Zeus Comics

Preview: Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Paul Fry (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
RATED T
In Shops: May 04, 2022
SRP: $4.99

MIGUEL O’HARA IS BACK!
• After fighting battles across the timestream, MIGUEL O’HARA is at last back defending his present and our our future!
• For SPIDER-MAN 2099, the only thing constant about life in Nueva York is change.
• So when a cataclysmic crash creates a new Garden of Eden in what was once the American Wastelands, Spider-Man knows exactly what the next atrocity will be.
• Watch as THE CABAL plans to set society ablaze – and you’ll never guess who is leading them!

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1

Review: Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1

It’s been close to 30 years since we traveled to the year 2099 in the Marvel Universe and were introduced to familiar characters with a whole new spin. At the center of it all was Miguel O’Hara, Spider-Man 2099! The character has returned to the spotlight in recent years and after having some time travel adventures, he’s back in his own time dealing with some major shakeups. Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1 kicks off a mini-event that spins us through the world of 2099 reintroducing characters and introducing brand new ones as well.

Written by Steve Orlando, Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1 takes us back to Nueva York as The Cabal terrorizes the people and Spider-Man 2099 stands in the way. From there we get a conspiracy about a “rock” being dropped in the Wastelands resulting in materials that the Cabal wants and everyone wants to get for them. It’s a race to stop the bad guys getting things they can use for evil!

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1 is a fun return to the world of 2099 after some side quests for Miguel that didn’t quite fit the character. Protecting a neon-infused city against evil corporations and cabals is more his speed and the comic in some ways feels back to basics. There’s a bit that’s left out there for longtime fans that new readers might not get but overall, the comic is pretty friendly to those diving in. It’s Spider-Man in a futuristic city, exactly like it should be. The comic is a lot of what I remember after 30 years and exactly what I expected and hoped for. There’s the solid shocking language and slightly edgier Spider-Man but it’s mixed with some humor, heart, and solid action.

Paul Fry handles the art with Neeraj Menon‘s colors popping and Joe Caramagna‘s lettering adding so much personality. The comic looks amazing at times with vivid colors and solid action and angles. There’s some panels where what’s going on feels a little muddled and doesn’t quite convey clearly the details. But, this is a futuristic world that feels familiar and foreign at the same time. Like the story itself, it’s what I remember and expect. What’s great about the art is it lets Spider-Man 2099 be a look and visual language to himself. This isn’t putting the futuristic Spider-Man in familiar poses the original strikes. The visuals take a queue from that but doesn’t try to repeat it with neon.

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1 is a fun read that kicks off a nice way to celebrate 30 years. The comic feels like returning to old friends and hopefully the event itself is more of the same. It’s not groundbreaking but it is a lot of pop entertainment.

Story: Steve Orlando Art: Paul Fry
Color: Neeraj Menon Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


Purchase: comiXology/KindleZeus Comics

Preview: Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1

(W) Steve Orlando (A) Paul Fry (CA) Leinil Francis Yu
RATED T
In Shops: May 04, 2022
SRP: $4.99

MIGUEL O’HARA IS BACK!
• After fighting battles across the timestream, MIGUEL O’HARA is at last back defending his present and our our future!
• For SPIDER-MAN 2099, the only thing constant about life in Nueva York is change.
• So when a cataclysmic crash creates a new Garden of Eden in what was once the American Wastelands, Spider-Man knows exactly what the next atrocity will be.
• Watch as THE CABAL plans to set society ablaze – and you’ll never guess who is leading them!

Spider-Man 2099: Exodus Alpha #1

One:12 Collective Spider-Man 2099 is Available for Pre-Order Now

One:12 Collective Spider-Man 2099

“That’d be me. The Spider-Man of tomorrow, here to save today…”

Spider-Man 2099 swings into the One:12 Collective!

The One:12 Collective Spider-Man 2099 wears an Unstable Molecules suit, a material created by Sue Storm and Reed Richards of the Fantastic Four. The suit features a web cape with integrated posing wire, spiked forearm gauntlets, and raised chest insignia. The web-slinger features three head portraits – masked, partially unmasked, and a fully unmasked Miguel O’Hara portrait. 

Spider-Man 2099 is loaded with accessories including a removable wrist communicator featuring Lyla – Miguel’s A.I. assistant, multiple weblines in different styles that attach to his wrists, a web mask that fits over the heads of other One:12 Collective figures, and more.

In the year 2099, Miguel O’Hara has half of his DNA re-written with the genetic code of a spider and develops a wide array of powers. Gaining the proportionate strength, speed, and agility of a spider, he assumes the mantle as Spider-Man.

THE ONE:12 COLLECTIVE SPIDER-MAN 2099 FIGURE FEATURES:

  • One:12 Collective body with over 32 points of articulation
  • Three (3) head portraits
  • Hand painted authentic detailing
  • Approximately 17cm tall
  • Twelve (12) interchangeable hands including 
    • One (1) pair of fists (L & R)
    • One (1) pair of web shooting hands (L & R)
    • One (1) pair of web holding hands (L & R)
    • Three (3) pairs of posing hands (L & R)

COSTUME:

  • Fitted Unstable Molecule suit with spider insignia
  • Web cape with integrated posing wire
  • Wrist gauntlets (permanently affixed to wrists)
  • Boots

ACCESSORIES:

  • One (1) wrist communicator
  • One (1) wrist communicator with Lyla projection FX
  • One (1) web mask
  • One (1) web base
  • Four (4) web lines in different styles (attaches to wrists)
  • One (1) One:12 Collective display base with logo
  • One (1) One:12 Collective adjustable display post

Each One:12 Collective Spider-Man 2099 figure is packaged in a collector-friendly box, designed with collectors in mind.

The One:12 Collective Spider-Man 2099 is available for preorder.

The Spider-Man of tomorrow…Spider-Man 2099 Is Now Available on Marvel Contest of Champions

Swing into the Battlerealm and save the future today as Spider-Man 2099 enters The Contest in Kabam’s MARVEL Contest of Champions!

Miguel O’Hara, a brilliant geneticist from the year 2099 goes through a series of incidents that culminate with him having his genetic code spliced with the DNA of a spider. He gains several spider related powers similar to the original Spider-Man, like superhuman agility, strength and wall crawling. However, his powers are slightly different from the original, he can organically create his own webs, he has retractable claws and instead of spider-sense he has a hyper accurate vision which is so powerful that it essentially works as an early warning system.

Check out Spider-Man 2099’s Champion Spotlight, which details his abilities, history, strengths and recommended masteries.  

Other MARVEL Contest of Champions updates, including bug fixes, balance updates, the EXTRA! EXTRA! event and more can be found HERE. Stay tuned for more as Penny Parker enters The Contest soon! 

Spider-Man 2099 is Coming to Mezco’s One:12 Collective

During MezcoCon 2021, Mezco Toyz is unveiling some of what we’ll be seeing in the coming months. Today, the company has revealed a new addition to their One:12 Collective line, Spider-Man 2099!

Spider-Man 2099 first appeared in a preview in Amazing Spider-Man #365 in 1992 and then the first full appearance was later that year in Spider-Man 2099 #1. The character was created by Peter David and Rick Leonardi.

Swing into 2099 with the New Marvel Legends Spider-Man 2099 Figure

When a lab accident causes half his DNA to be rewritten with a spider’s genetic code, geneticist Miguel O’Hara becomes Spider-Man! Hasbro has revealed a new Marvel Legends Spider-Man 2099 figure!

Includes: Spider-Man 2099 figure, 4 accessories

  • Fans, collectors, and kids alike can enjoy this 6-inch-scale Spider-Man 2099 figure, inspired by the character from Marvel Entertainment
  • This Spider-Man 2099 figure features premium design, detail, and articulation for posing and display in a Marvel collection
  • This quality 6-inch Legends Series Spider-Man 2099 figure features multiple points of articulation and is a great addition to any action figure collection

Pre-Order: Hasbro PulseEntertainment Earth


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Preview: Spider-Man 2099 #1

Spider-Man 2099 #1

(W) Nick Spencer (A) Jose Carlos Silva (CA) Viktor Bogdanovic
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 11, 2019
SRP: $4.99

• Miguel O’Hara is a rising star at Alchemax, but his world is about to come crashing down.
• The future of the Marvel Universe is about to die and the world needs a hero.
• As Miguel faces a destiny he’s tried to run from all his life, the secrets of 2099 begin to unravel here.

Spider-Man 2099 #1
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