Spider-Man 2099 gets all-new ongoing series – Shockin’ awesome!
He’s not your daddy’s Spider-Man… though he’ll probably be your great-grandchild’s.
Officially announced on pop culture news site Newsarama, Marvel is reaching 85 years into the future for its newest Spider-title: an all-new ongoing series for one of the comic book company’s most popular alternate-reality heroes, Spider-Man 2099.
“What the shock?!”
In 1992, Marvel explored the possibility of a future ruled by mega-corporations and a civilization splintered by greed, violence, and the end of the so-called Heroic Age (the stretch of time when heroes such as Captain America, Iron Man, and Spider-Man became active). The company launched a series of comic books set in the year 2099, showcasing futuristic versions of beloved present-day superheroes. Out of all these re-imagined characters, one hero stood out, quickly gaining a steady fan following – the Spider-Man of 2099, Miguel O’Hara.
“Spider-Man 2099” was one of the core titles of the 2099 line, joining the roster of books featuring the future versions of characters old (“Doom 2099,” “Punisher 2099”) and new (“Ravage 2099”) alike. Envisioned by series writer Peter A. David (also known as PAD) to be the polar opposite of Peter Parker, O’Hara was a sarcastic, arrogant geneticist who worked for Alchemax, a giant chemicals firm that held an iron grip over most of the 2099 world.
O’Hara was working on an experiment to duplicate the powers of the original Spider-Man, with the intent of developing the ideal corporate raiders for Alchemax’s purposes. However, his reluctance to endanger the lives of human test subjects with an unstable formula led to him figuring in a freak accident that imbued him with enhanced strength and agility, sharp talons for scaling sheer surfaces, venomous fangs, light-sensitive eyes, and biological spinnerets in his forearms.
O’Hara quickly found himself learning to be a hero and fighting against the very corporation he used to work for, claiming victory after victory for the “little guy” while adopting a black and red costume (designed by the title’s first artist, Rick Leonardi) and the name “Spider-Man.” O’Hara would end up living for more than a thousand years, ushering humanity into a new Golden Age and bringing prosperity, peace, and equality to the world as its appointed leader.
“Son of a glitch!”
Spider-Man 2099’s first ongoing series lasted for 46 issues, but the character’s popularity has endured. And now, with the hero’s recent reappearance in the pages of “Superior Spider-Man,” the time has come for him to get another shot at solo stardom.
Interestingly, this isn’t the first attempt at a revival for the future wall-crawler. The character made sporadic appearances in the early 2000s, eventually becoming a member of the reality-hopping team known as the Exiles in 2007. Additionally, in 2009, Marvel published a series called “Timestorm 2009/2099,” which re-wrote O’Hara’s origins and set the stage for a possible relaunch of the 2099 line.
However, the character’s time-jump to the present day in “Superior Spider-Man” – a series starring a Spider-Man possessed by the mind of Doctor Octopus – seems to have served as the avenue for O’Hara’s return to solo-title glory. First revealed in October of last year by comic book news and rumors site Bleeding Cool and just in time for the return of Peter Parker as the real Spider-Man, the new ongoing will be written by PAD and illustrated by Will Sliney.
According to Newsarama, PAD revealed that the new series will begin with someone attempting to “remove Miguel violently” from the present-day timeline. After that, the character will have more solo adventures, and will also be an important player in the upcoming “Spider-Verse” event.
“That’s the plan, bithead.”
“Miguel is now trapped in the present day Marvel Universe, so straight away we have to deal with the fact that in the greatest of Marvel traditions, we have a hero out of time,” says Sliney, drawing parallels to another Marvel legend, Captain America. “I’m looking forward to drawing that iconic costume in the surroundings of some of New York’s gritty and textured looking neighborhoods.”
“It’s thrilling and also kind of nerve-wracking,” admits PAD, referring to the experience of writing an ongoing 2099 series again after so long. “That’s quite a vote of confidence and I feel as if I have a lot to live up to.”
The first issue of “Spider-Man 2099” will ship in July, with a cover illustrated by Simone Bianchi.