Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

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Spider-Man 2099 #2 (1992)

“Nothing Ventured…”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Rick Leonardi

Miguel’s assistant, Aaron, starts shooting at him and blows a hole in the wall. Aaron falls out the hole but Miguel catches him. His talons rip Aaron’s arm to shreds and he shakes Miguel loose and falls to his death. The police of the future, called Public Eye, come in and tell him to freeze. He jumps out the hole and figures out the talons enable him to cling to, and climb on, the walls. He makes it home and finds he’s ultra sensitive to light and his talons automatically retract when he gets close to his own body. He figures he needs to wear something made of unstable molecules fabric to keep from ripping it. The only thing he owns that’s made of it is a costume he got from the Day of the Dead festival in Mexico. Alchemax sends an elite cyborg tracker/killer named Venture after the trail of whoever blew a hole in the building. Miguel sees him outside his building and quickly puts on his costume and jumps out to him.

Spider-Man 2099 #1 (1992)

“Spider-Man 2099”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Rick Leonardi

In the year 2099, a young scientist named Miguel O’Hara works at a company called Alchemax and is doing genetic experiments on animals. He shows a picture of Spider-Man to his assistant and says that’s what he aspires to for the experiments. He’s not ready to test on humans, but they force him to and his first subject comes out a freak and dies almost immediately. He decides to quit, but his boss spikes his farewell wine with a hallucinogenic drug called Rapture that is legal, highly addictive, and only produced by Alchemax. He later comes to the lab after hours and tries to re-implant his DNA with a file from before he took the drug. His disgruntled assistant comes in and messes with the equipment and creates a 50/50 mix between Miguel and a spider. Miguel comes out not dead, but with talons on his fingers, glowing eyes, and fangs.

Web of Spider-Man Annual #6 (1990)

Rating: 4/5

“Up From Slavery”

Writers: Gerry Conway & Stan Lee
Artists: Gil Kane & Sal Buscema & Mike Esposito & Alan Kupperberg

Psycho-Man tries to get Spider-Man’s Enigma energy, but can’t because Spidey lost it months ago. Spider-Man is put in a cage next to a bunch of other captives. They work together and break free. Spider-Man fights Psycho-Man and eventually shrinks Psycho-Man until he can’t see him anymore. Spider-Man grows back to normal size and goes home to MJ. The other captives shrink themselves so they can live in a universe that Psycho-Man shrank and captured.

“Salesday for a Shootout”

Writer: Gerry Conway
Artists: Ross Andru & Mike Esposito

Aunt May and MJ are shopping in a mall when terrorists break in and start shooting customers. Punisher arrives and shoots the terrorists. The lead terrorist opens her jacket to reveal a bomb. Aunt May fakes a heart attack as a distraction and Punisher takes the rest of the terrorists out.

“Eleven Angry Men…And One Angry Woman”

Writer: Peter David
Artists: June Brigman & Stan Drake

MJ is on a jury and the defendant’s story condemns Spider-Man as the criminal and all the jurors declare him not guilty except for MJ. It’s a hung jury, so the judge dismisses the case and the defendant settles for a plea bargain after he sees Spider-Man out the window.

“Star Child”

Writer: Tony Isabella
Artist: Steve Ditko

A yuppie couple draws a pentagram on their floor to summon demons that will make them rich. When the pentagram is broken and the demons get free and start terrorizing the town, the couple’s baby is endowed with the Uni-Power and stops the demons.

Web of Spider-Man #49 (1989)

“–Corner Business”

Rating: 2/5

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Val Mayerik

MJ’s model friend is addicted to drugs and MJ asks Peter to do something about her dealer. Spider-Man chasing the pusher around ends up getting the man killed by his superiors. MJ’s friend overdoses and lands in the hospital.

Web of Spider-Man #44 (1988)

“Reunion”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Peter David
Artist: Alex Saviuk

Peter’s in Vegas promoting his book. While there he runs into some team of 4 commandos named Alpha, Beta, Charlie, and Delta who are trying to kill each other. Some kind of game. Eventually, while trying to help Charlie, Spider-Man meets up with a big brute in a suit called Mr. Fixit. This man is revealed to be the Hulk. The story is continued in The Incredible Hulk #349.

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