The Amazing Spider-Man #32
Writer: Nick Spencer
Artist: Patrick Gleason
Colorist: Matthew Wilson
Letterer: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Ryan Ottley & Nathan Fairbairn
Variant Cover Artists: Arthur Adams & Edgar Delgado; Mahmud Asrar & Matthew Wilson
As Peter Parker tries to get climatized to his new status quo back in college and temporarily away from MJ, he’s once again called back into action by a determined ally. Unknown to him, however, another catastrophic event is just around the corner, and the only relic of the impending doom is one man who fell out of the sky: Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man of 2099. Trapped in an unknown location, with people vying for the information inside his head, can he find Peter Parker before things go from bad to worse? And why exactly is Miguel in present-day, anyway?
To get the elephant in the room out of the way, yes, Marvel has had far too many events this year. One after the other, it’s been a constant slog of conflicts or changes that threaten the world, galaxy, universe, and so on. That’s not at all to say that they were bad by any means, or that this one will be, either, but even so, their resolution for the next year should be to cut back on them. With that being said, this new issue of Amazing Spider-Man presents a promising start for the 2099 event, and with solid writing, planning, and development, it could shape up to be something truly special.
Right out of the gate, acclaimed artist Patrick Gleason makes his big debut as one of the rotating artists for the web-head’s ongoing title, and man, oh man, does he do the character justice. Every single page is absolutely on-point, and I’m honestly surprised we haven’t gotten him as an artist for the book sooner. He feels right at home illustrating Peter and his stories, and I greatly look forward to seeing what else he has in store. Also, Matthew Wilson’s colors are without a doubt on-point, especially the ones involving Miguel. For all the nerds out there, his suit is finally black and red again, and looks absolutely gorgeous.
I also have to give props to Nick Spencer for being one heck of a trooper. Back-to-back, he’s been slapped with the juggernaut known as Absolute Carnage, and now 2099 immediately afterwards. Despite all of this, however, he still manages to keep his own story going. From Kindred talking to Norman in the prior two issues, to certain story threads in this one, Spencer doesn’t halt his own plot abruptly for another one to come in. So even if you don’t intend to keep up with the events themselves, you’re still getting enough out of the issues that are part of them.
Peter and Miguel both get very interesting stories in this issue, and while I won’t spoil the specifics, I’m very excited to see what happens next. While I don’t remember much about Spider-Geddon from last year (and I really hope it stays that way), I remember Miguel not being around, and it really bothered me. Seeing him back in action, and at the epicenter of a huge storyline, is incredibly exciting to say the least, and I hope that there’s more in store for him beyond it. While Peter’s story is something you’d expect, there’s some interesting strands and one interesting cliffhanger that make me look forward to where everything is going for him. Sooner or later, everything’s gonna have to come to a head, and the clock’s only ticking towards the fateful meeting between him and the bandaged figure.
All in all, this was a fascinating start to the 2099 event, with a whole lot to love about it. Seeing Miguel again is an absolute treat, Gleason’s made a splash as one of the new artists, and a really promising story is being set up without sacrificing the current one. While I do wish we could get back to the main story entirely, I’m definitely excited to see where all of this is going, and hopefully it will be an event worth remembering.