Spider-Man 2099 # 3
This issue begins with Miguel in his usual office, wondering what will become of his position in the company now that Liz knows his secret, or at least half of it.
Just then, Liz comes into the office to establish their working relationship rules. While Miguel at first thinks that Liz has come to blackmail him, she has simply come to establish that Miguel will continue to do what he is told to do, which at this point is accompanying Tiberius to Trans-sabal to sell the Spider Slayers to the dictator there, despite Miguel not wanting to. She does this in a semi seductive manner as illustrated in the comic, leaving the reader, and I suppose Miguel himself wondering what is up with this woman.
During the plane ride to Trans-sabal, Miguel does not fail to show his dissatisfaction with the deal.
Fortunately, Miguel had Tiberius tagged with a secret tracer long ago in the event of such a situation. Knowing fully well that if anything happens to Tiberius, he would simply cease to exist, Miguel makes it his top priority to find Tiberius and ensure his safety.
Meanwhile at the rebellion camp, Tiberius is awoken by the rebel leader, a woman by the name of Mussaret. Mussaret shares her point of view on the war and urges Tiberius to give them the slayers, thus ending the war in their favour. She tells him that her children have no dreams and are unable to dream of a future due to the oppression against them.
In the midst of their discussion, Scorpion appears in a new improved suit. He was Tiberius’ hired gun, in case things go wrong. Mussaret tries to shoot Scorpion, but to no avail. Scorpion proceeds to kill his first victim, but is stopped by Spider-Man 2099.
Scorpion does not realize that this is not the same Spider-Man he is familiar with and questions his new costume. Too lazy to explain, Miguel plays along battling it out with the enemy who by now couldn’t care for the answers and can only see a chance for revenge. Outside the building is an army of Spider Slayers waiting for a spider to slay.
Spider-Man 2099 # 4
This issue begins exactly where Spider-Man 2099 # 3 left off, at a battle against Scorpion. The battle indoors continue until Spidey 2099 is thrown outside to face an army of spider slayers.
All this while, Tiberius has been knocked out due to some rubble falling on his head. As such, and fortunately for Miguel, Tiberius is unaware of Spider-Man’s presence. Outside, Spider-Man is losing the fight badly against the new and improved Scorpion. Though surrounded by Spider Slayers, none of them attack Spidey as ordered to do so by Scorpion.
Scorpion’s new suit allows him to shoot lasers, as do the Spider Slayers, who are preventing Spider-Man from running away from the battle. Desperate for an escape, Spider-Man 2099 somersaults across some Slayers into a back alley and instructs Lyla (his hologram) to change his clothes. In his normal clothes, the Slayers are unable to detect Spider-Man, and neither did Scorpion, who did not see the change in costume.
Frustrated, Scorpion decides to start grabbing civilians threatening to kill them if Spider-Man does not come out of hiding.
Meanwhile, inside the building, Mussaret tries to get Tiberius up on his feet. Unfortunately for her, she gets caught in some falling rubble and has a nail protruding out from a plank sink into her head.
Running out of time, Miguel comes up with a plan to get the Spider Slayers on his side. He throws and sticks Lyla on Scorpion’s back and instructs her to holographically change his appearance to that of the Amazing Spider-Man.
At this, the Spider Slayers turn against Scorpion, sending him on the run. Fortunately for Scorpion, before he is shredded to pieces, Tiberius comes out of the rubble and says the magic words that deactivates his Spider Slayers.
Jalfaha Dahn, the dictator and buyer for the Spider Slayers later comes to pick them Miguel and Tiberius. They enjoy a feast at his palace, just like the one Mussaret described to Tiberius while he was in captivity.
After the meal, Tiberius decides not to sell the Slayers, especially after witnessing life on the other side. He leaves with Miguel and threatens Jalfaha to leave the place. Failure to do so will result in his Spider Slayers becoming active and hunting him down.
Epilogue: Back in the limo heading to the airport, Mac Gargan, terribly beat up from the Spider Slayers looks to Miguel and questions if they have met before.
This would be Spider-Man 2099’s second encounter with the Spider Slayers in this short time frame that he has been in the year 2014.
This story about the Spider Slayers being sold to a dictator has been building up since the first issue. Though not the greatest story ever, the change in Tiberius’ attitude was something of note for this series. Though still a money minded selfish character, the events of this issue and the last have slightly changed him.
The fight scenes between Spider-Man 2099 and Scorpion were enjoyable. No doubt Scorpion has upgraded his suit multiple times now, this would finally appear to be a suit spider-worthy. Spider-Man 2099’s move with the hologram was quite brilliant, although now that he has used this trick once, I should hope he would be smart enough to use a similar trick again if under future similar circumstances.
As for Liz Allan knowing Miguel's secret, or at least half of it, Miguel is doomed for blackmail sooner or later, especially if Liz eventually finds out that he is a Spider-Man. From the last time we saw Liz Allan, she was suspected to be a crook, working with Norman Osborn, the grandfather of her son, who by the way is also very peculiar.
Liz seems a little bipolar at times, possible effects of a goblin serum she may have, or the standard behavior of women.
Overall however, these last two issues were just fillers for the aftermath of the spider slayers that was not a necessary read.