Holy fucking crap.
At this point, all I can do is walk you through my emotional journey as I read this issue:
- I like the idea of Miguel giving up his role as Spider-Man to live a normal life. As he says, New York has so many costumed superheroes -- particularly Spider-related ones -- that it's not like he'd be that missed. In Nueva York, even Miguel fell prey to the "great powers, great responsibilities" appeal, since he was virtually the only game in town. In this New York, he can go on "American Ninja Warrior!"
- This relationship with Tempest seems to have gone really fast. I get that it's been eight month, but she was just a wasp trying to devour him last time that I checked. Plus, she never really seemed to like him.
- I get an answer to my Alchemax/prison question from "Amazing Spider-Man" #1! Leave it to Peter David not to drop a loose end! Apparently, Parker Industries -- or, at least, Miguel's unit at Parker Industries -- used its influence to get the funding for Alchemax's prison yanked. Now, PI is only in competition with Empire Unlimited, though we know from "Amazing Spider-Man" #1 that Empire ultimately gets the contract. Dun-dun-DUN!
- That said, it's interesting that Miguel's team at PI seems a little more...ethically challenged than Peter's commitment to responsible business conduct would imply.
- Huh. Roberta's introduction here is interesting, because it raises all sorts of questions about the aftermath of "Secret Wars," questions that the other series to debut so far have managed to avoid. The image of Captain America behind her at the end of the issue certainly implies that some sort of crossed wires exist.
- I'm intrigued that Miguel's future is still fizzucked, particularly given the events of "Secret Wars." But, you could certainly make an argument that "Secret Wars" also happened in the past of the 2099 timeline, so Miguel's former future had incorporated its outcomes into it. As such, it must still have been something else that changed Miguel's future. That said, Miguel thinks that it wasn't Alchemax building the prison, since he got the funding yanked. But, we know that the "Department of Internal Security" is paying them to build a similar prison for them to "question" super-powered terrorists. Maybe this prison is still a problem? I can't remember why Miguel settled on the prison as the anomaly in the first place, but David is definitely making it clear that it's important.
- I sort of agree with Miguel about Tempest. I really think that she may really just love him for saving her life. OMG, she's pregnant? How's that going to work? [Turns page.] Holy fucking crap. What just happened? OMG, Peter David wouldn't kill Miguel's pregnant girlfriend, would he? Would he?
**** (four of five stars)