Sunday, January 24, 2016

Spider-Man 2099 #3 (HERE BE SPOILERS!)

This issue is mostly an extended fight sequence between Dr. Chronos and Miguel, and it's a joy to watch Sliney really let loose.  He's at his most impressive when he manages to convey the grandeur of Chronos, somehow getting across the immense scale of both his character and his fight with Miguel.  (Chronos appears to be at least two storeys tall when their fight bursts from the warehouse into the streets.)  David and Sliney make it clear throughout the fight that Miguel is outmatched by Chronos, but he manages to stay in the game mainly due to his boiling rage.  In the end, he outsmarts Chronos by using a hologram to make him think that he's dead and then proceeds to beat him to a pulp.  He pretty easily gets Chronos to confess that he's working for a group called the Fist, but the Fist (presumably it's them) manages to kill Chronos remotely before he can give Miguel any more information.  Meanwhile, as expected, we see Tempest's mom visit her comatose body, though it's unclear if she's still pregnant.  In other words, we don't really learn anything knew, but it's fun to watch Miguel vent his rage for the first time in a while.  It's a reminder that he's not Peter's Spider-Man.

*** (three of five stars)

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