Spider-Man 2099 v2 # 6

Posted by bulletproofsponge 18 December 2014



Spider-Man 2099 v2 # 6
Spider-Verse: Tie-In

When we last saw Spider-Man 2099 in Amazing Spider-Man # 10, he had stolen Daemos’ original dead body and was about to hide it. Prior to that, it was agreed that Six-armed Spider-Man and Lady-Spider were going to study the body to learn more about the Inheritors.

This issue begins in Earth-928, with Tyler Stone, getting a moment’s rest finally being rid of his Spider-Man after sending him to the past – 2014. He soon loses his rest however, when he is shown an image of Spider-Man and two new Spider people with him, swinging through Nueva York.

The three spiders are next seen at Gabriel’s place ( Miguel’s brother). After introductions have been made, Miguel tries to give his brother a simple update on the situation. After assuring Gabriel that they will be safe, Miguel asks for some help to get coordinates to any of his past formidable foes like Punisher, Hulk, or Strange. The plan is to get a mixed offensive team, other than spiders since that is what Daemos is used to.

Before anything can be done however, Daemos, or his cloned body, breaks down the wall and finds them. Six armed Spidey tries to buy the rest some time and dies in the process. Seeing Six Armed Spidey killed, May aka Lady Spider tries to stall Daemos to let Miguel get away. Obviously she also fails and would have been killed by Daemos, except that Daemos was disinterested in her, seeing that she carried very little spider essence that wreaked mostly of technology. Gabriel takes advantage of Daemos’ hesitation and fires him with a “super just in case“ weapon he had lying around. Daemos goes flying out the building with Miguel chasing after him.

On the ground, Daemos is “apprehended” by the police force of the city, under Tyler Stone. Needless to say, the police fail to apprehend him and are beaten. Spider-Man takes the opportunity to send Tyler a message via one of his police guys, offering him a one time chance to avoid his revenge for sending him to 2014 if he does as asked. Tyler receives the message and takes the offer.

After more fight scenes, May and Miguel then lead Daemos to the Alchemax building where the window to floor 82 was left open as instructed to Tyler by Miguel. Inside the building, Spider-Man 2099 manages to trap Daemos inside a statis cell strong enough to hold Venom.

Thoughts
Seeing Spider-Man 2099 back in his own timeline was great. It was also pretty classic to see how Tyler Stone immediately took up Spider-Man’s offer without any hesitation.

One thing about Spider-Man 2099’s world that I don’t quite understand however is the fact that his earth is called earth-928, but is supposed to be the future of earth 616.

While it might make sense that Spider-Man 2099 is from a possible future for earth 616, but is not actually the same earth, that theory does not coincide with the fact that Miguel had to go back in time to 616 to prevent Tiberius Stone from dying to save his own future.

As such, if Earth 616 really is the past of Earth-928, why does it have a different name??

Also, the fact that May Parker, aka Lady-Spider was not actually a spider, or had very little spider essence came as a surprise. In Spider-Verse # 1, it was quite clear she was bitten by a spider when she was young. As it turns out however, she did not gain any powers from that bite as assumed, but became Lady-Spider through the use of technology instead.

As it turns out, I found that May was a little disappointed that Daemos hesitated to kill her on the grounds that she was a fake spider. This then leads to the question of why or how did she end up recruited to be part of the team if she is not really the spider totem of her world? Perhaps that might be answered in Spider-Man Team up…?

Regardless, I did enjoy Lady-Spider in this issue very much. In fact, if this issue did not take place on Spider-Man 2099's world, I'd say Lady-Spider stole the limelight here. Her confidence is displayed even in the short scene of her interaction with Gabriel, who was clearly quite taken by her, highly distinctive from any other woman from her timeline - 1895.




As for poor old Six Armed Spider-Man, no doubt his bravery has not gone unnoticed, his death was pretty much in vain. It could not be any more obvious that there was no intention by the writers to continue his story, even failing to reach the perform the study on Daemos’ body as was the reason he came along for the trip. This also leaves me wondering when exactly did Lady-Spider join the party? Last I checked, it was just Six Arms and Spidey 2099..

Anyway, no complaints there... especially not from Gabriel. 



















Spider-Woman # 1

Posted by bulletproofsponge

Spider-Woman # 1

Spider-Verse: Tie –in


This issue follows Spider-Woman, aka Jessica Drew of earth 616 ( our usual Spider-Woman). The first page of the issue gives a very brief background introduction to Spider-Woman, like all comics do, for those who are unfamiliar with her character.

When we last saw Spider-Woman, she and Spider-Man Noir chased after Silk, who had jumped into a portal to lead the Inheritors away from the other Spider-Men. Considering the significance of The bride, one of the three key spiders to determine the outcome of the battle, the twin inheritor siblings pursue them.

The three spider people end up on a slightly alien world, where they are first seen riding lizards like camels. Silk is extremely excited to be pairing with the real Spider-Woman on an adventure in an unknown realty. Spider-Man Noir is obviously quite amused as well, seeing that he is from the year 1930.


The three end up at a village where Spider-Woman tells Silk and Spider-Man Noir to stay put, and not attract any attention while she looks for some clothes to better blend in with the rest of the population there.

As the story goes, the two do exactly the opposite as they were instructed and try to stop a burglary. Unfortunately, the robbers are not measly humans, but some kind of robots instead. The task tends to take longer and draws much more attention than expected.

Pretty soon, the inheritor twins turn up, and Spider-Man Noir is nearly killed. Spider-Woman eventually comes to save them and ports them all to earth 90214, the Noir world. They end up at Black Cat’s place and leave Spider-Man Noir there to recover under her care.

They are eventually greeted by 616 Spider-Man, Spider-Girl ( Anya) and Spider-Gwen. Spider-Man tells Jessica that he is relieved of her duty and that her expertise is gravely needed elsewhere. As such, the other two Spider-Girls will take over the task of protecting Silk.



Spider-Woman reluctantly agrees and warns the spider girls not to ever let Silk out of their sight. She warns that Silk’s enthusiasm will get them all killed. Silk overhears and decides that she does not need a team. She runs off to another world, hurt that Jessica blames her for their problems. Not far away, the twin siblings are watching her travelling alone, intending to keep her company.

Thoughts

One thing I found slightly strange about this issue was how they seemed to travel to alien like worlds, compared to everyone else who simply ended up in similar world's to their own. 

This was a pretty good issue highlighting the dynamics, or lack thereof between Jessica and Cindy. Cindy is obviously younger, more enthusiastic, and has been locked up for 10 years. She is eager to get out and about and is not too excited about being kept in captivity again for her own safety, whether it’s by her fellow Spider friends or not.

Jessica on the other hand has to take the undesired role of being the responsible, un-fun, leader of the team. She was tasked with the responsibility to protect Silk, and that is what she is trying to do, the only way she knows how. Having seen and done things, she has way more experience with fighting and avoiding bad guys than Silk does.

The two contradictory characters however really make things difficult for one another. Spider-Man Noir was just there for the ride. He was part of Ock’s team and was sent to keep and eye on the two, and report back to him. Being a Spider-Woman book, naturally Spidey Noir has a very little role to play here. Unfortunately for people like me who like Spider-Man Noir, there is really nothing much to see here except Spidey shooting his old school revolver at the inheritors, only to have it bounce off them as they laugh mockingly.




I am slightly disappointed that Spider-Woman was relieved of her duty as I had hoped to see some development between the two. Nevertheless, with Spider Gwen and Anya, this story will soon be a Spider-Girls book, bound to be much more interesting that this one.






Scarlet Spiders # 1

Posted by bulletproofsponge

Scarlet Spiders # 1 review


Spider-Verse: The Widow

This issue takes place after the events of Amazing Spider-Man # 10, following, Ben Reilly, Kaine and Ultimate Jessica Drew ( Clone). When we last saw them, they jumped into the portal where Daemos' second body came from along with the twin inheritors. Realizing that the second Daemos body must have been a clone, they, being clones themselves felt the need to stop the cloning, to increase their odds of winning the fight against these inheritors.

The three however are shocked to see that the world from which the evil inheritors came from was peaceful, orderly, and beautiful. Ben, being pretty much a perfect clone of Peter is obviously the more carefree, fun loving one of the three. He immediately wants to check out this new world, but is stopped by Jess, who reminds him that they are in their Spider Suits.

While Ock's cloaking device can hide their scent, their costumes would be noticed by anyone looking for them. Kaine finds some hospital gowns for his two siblings. He doesn't need a costume since his costume can go invisible.


While Jess questions at first if Kaine's costume can cloak his stronger pheromone smell, Ben, being the Spider-Man of his world assures her that if Kaine's suit is anything like the suit he made on his world, Kaine should be fine.


The clones find themselves in some sort of cloning facility where human clones ( not inheritors) are being made. They are also being brainwashed by a repeating visual recording of Jennix, leader of the Inheritors. The clones are soon discovered however, and end up having to fight some heavily armored security force.


After a lengthy battle, with each using their individually unique skills and abilities to fight the security forces, Iron Man appears at the scene. Ben is at first delighted to see him, not at all aware that this is not a friendly Iron Man. Jess immediately realizes the danger but is unable to alert Ben before Tony attacks him, knocking him out. Kaine, being invisible later attacks Tony and knocks him out with ease.

The scene changes to Jennix, who is naturally sitting in his evil chair, just like all bad guys often do. He is delighted at the news that there there is spider activity in numbers, thinking to himself what a great feast he will have.


Ben awakens, after a few hours, to find that Jessica had removed Tony's armor (having been taught by her Iron Man how to remove his armor) and tied him up.  Ben, refusing to give up on Tony tries to talk some sense into him, but soon realizes that it is pointless.

Kaine is willing to try other methods to get Tony to talk and spill the location of the Inheritor;s clone incubators. No torture is necessary however as Tony gladly reveals that the place they are looking for is the Baxter Building, convinced that they will die there.

Jessica, being the only one who has a plan on how to get into the cloning facility, gets Ben to wear Iron Man's costume and bring herself and Kaine in as hostages. The plan works perfectly and the three get into the Baxter building.

Things take a slight turn however when Johnny Storm comes in, recognizing Peter Parker ( Kaine actually), and begins asking Iron Man ( Ben) what's going on.

Thoughts

This was a great team up issue for the clones. It has been years since we saw any form of proper interaction between Ben and Kaine. Unfortunately, this issue, though featuring the two, did not have the kind of interaction I was looking for. The star of this issue was obviously Jessica Drew of the Ultimate Universe.

While Kaine was often portrayed and the almost mindless bloodthirsty beast/ muscle of the team, and Ben portrayed as the easy going fun guy, Jessica seemed to be the only character representing some brains in the team.

One thing that I did not quite like about the issue was how Ben was portrayed to be a dumb ass. He somehow was unable to come up with any useful plans, was unable to sense any danger, got knocked out by Iron Man after one shot, and simply blundered around the place following his team mates. Being the perfect clone, I suppose he was supposed to represent the embodiment of everything good in Peter Parker, which he does perfectly. Unfortunately it makes him look a little silly in the process.

This may have to do with the title being Widow, implying that the main character, who's abilities would probably be most highlighted and written to be most useful would be Jessica Drew. Perhaps, and hopefully the second and third issue will focus more on the usefulness of Kaine and Ben in the story.

In the earlier issues, we saw familiar characters whom we know in the inheritors world, just being portrayed very differently. In this issue we saw Tony Stark and Johnny Storm, both who seem to be working for the bad guy as well. Up to this point, the clones think that everyone in this world are clones, brainwashed and taught to serve the inheritors without question.

It will probably come as no surprise that the rest of the Fantastic Four will also appear, seeing that it is the Baxter Building that they have broken into.

Also, seeing that everyone in this world seems to be working for the inheritors, it's quite likely that even the Peter Parker of this world is also working for Jennix, explaining why Johnny would be so surprised to see him ( actually Kaine) in captivity.

Finally, throughout the entire issue, there is a mystery narrator, observing and commenting on each of the three clones, pointing out their skills, abilities, past, and weaknesses. It may be the Master Weaver, but up to this point, we are still unsure of who this narrator is...

Then again, I might have missed an obvious clue about the identity of the person.







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