Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Making sense of this Spider-Man world.

Rick Leonardi

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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.

Spider-Man #17 (1991)

“No One Gets Outta Here Alive!”

Rating: 5/5

Writer: Ann Nocenti
Artist: Rick Leonardi

While trying to save some people, Spider-Man and a little girl he’s trying to save gets blasted with freon and they die. Spider-Man encounters Thanos and Death in the afterlife. Thanos discusses the futility of being a hero. Spider-Man fights to have the girl be returned to life. Death sends them both back.

The Amazing Spider-Man #282 (1986)

“The Fury of X-Factor!”

Rating: 3/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Rick Leonardi

J. Jonah Jameson hires the group X-Factor to find and capture Spider-Man. X-Factor consists of Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Iceman, and Marvel Girl (aka Jean Grey). X-Factor finds Spider-Man as he’s trying to look for Flash. They fight, but in Spider-Man’s weakened state, he ends up passing out. X-Factor realizes he’s not a menace and for some reason, doesn’t think he’s a mutant, and let’s him go and gives Jameson back his money. Joe Robertson finds some possible evidence in pictures that Flash might not be the Hobgoblin.

The Amazing Spider-Man #279 (1986)

“Savage is the Sable!”

Rating: 4/5

Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: Rick Leonardi

Silver Sable’s organization is trying to take down Jack O’Lantern. She goes after some street thugs who killed an innocent woman after a robbery and stumbles upon Jack’s crew. She takes down eleven of them, but Jack gets away.

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