Spider-Man 2099 #1 Swings Readers into Nueva York

Spider-Man 2099 #1 Cover

Writer: Nick Spencer / Artist: Jose Carlos Silva / Marvel Comics

This was one of the few times in my life I’ve picked up a Spider-Man book just because. No details on the writer, artists, or story but figured I’d see where this updated 2099 run is headed. Issue #1 didn’t blow me away, but details of this futuristic tale, artwork, and cliffhanger did pull me in enough to give the other 2099 books (Doom, Venom, Punisher and Fantastic Four) a fair shot.

Spider-Man 2099 #1

My hands-down favorite aspect of this may be future is the fact that they’re all in on the most racist dynamics of our era: The fear Americans will have to learn Spanish one day and that we’ll be living in a black and brown world one day. Welp. This book is so Spanish that I can feel the far right-wing comic readers haters seething with every turn off the page. I can sense new anti-diversity Marvel character Facebook groups being created every day. NYC is straight-up Nueva York, and that small tid-bit fuels me day and night. Statistically speaking, this is exactly where our nation is headed, so the original 2099 writers were on point with their writing, and dare I say, ahead of their time. The tech aspects of this future also feature some cool possibilities. At this point, with all the Siris, Alexas, and Google Assistants, it seems inevitable that we will all have our very own AI to help us structure our day, answer our voicemails, and provide professional mental help.

Of course, we have our featured protagonist, Miguel O’Hara who’s a rising star at Alchemax where they are helping to rid the world of disease and poverty. But as most of these allegedly forward-thinking companies go, they’re into some cruel and grueling stuff, and after seeing some mutations in the part of the world no one cares for anymore, things are about to change for Miguel, very drastically and very swiftly.

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