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Comic Book Throwback Review – Spider-Man 2099 #33 (Marvel Comics)

Spider-Man 2099 #33
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Spider-Man 2099 #33

Writer: Peter David
Pencils: Andrew Wildman (main), David Boller (back-up)
Inks: Stephen Baskerville (main), David Boller (back-up)
Colorists: Chia Chi-Wang, Foodhammer!, Kim Bitsui, Malibu Color
Letters: Ken Lopez
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Maturity Rating: Everyone

 

In this Comic Book Throwback Review, we go back to the future to look at Spider-Man 2099 #33. Spider-Man teams up with Strange 2099 to stop the dead from rising and save the Day of the Dead!

 

Land of the Dead in Spider-Man 2099 #33

We are here once again with another comic book throwback review, today we are looking at one of my favorite series from the ’90s with Spider-Man 2099 #33. Marvel 2099 was started in 1992 and let me tell ya I was all about some Spider-Man 2099 at that time. I am pretty sure it was the design, which remains one of the best costume designs around. He just looked so cool.

Spider-Man 2009 #33 (Marvel Comics) cover by Andrew Wildman
Spider-Man 2009 #33 (Marvel Comics) Cover by Andrew Wildman

I remember being super disappointed when my brother received Spider-Man 2099 #1 for Christmas thinking I would never get it. You know in the 90’s they didn’t print like a billion of those foil cover #1’s those are collectors’ items and would be worth millions! I was extremely excited to open up my very own copy of Spider-Man 2099 #1 later! Sadly not worth the millions though, but it holds a special place in my heart. Anyway, I thought about reviewing #1 but decided that it is probably overdone let’s go with another one in my collection Spider-Man 2099 #33.

Now like a lot of my 90’s comic collection as a child. My Spider-Man 2099 collection is pretty random. We didn’t always go to the local comic shop growing up. That was more of a special type of trip. So, a lot of my comics came from different places like gas stations, grocery stores (you can read my review of one of those here) and Spider-Man 2099 #33 came from a new store at the time Books-a-Million (which I loved going to). So my 90’s comic collection is very nonsequential. Maybe have three or four in a row then missing several, random one issue here or there. But For this two-part story, I do have issue #32 and #33. Both have excellent covers, that bring back tons of memories.

Strange

Which the covers bring me back to my childhood and memories of buying this issue. But I remember nothing about this issue itself. Just the cover always strikes me. I love the design of Strange 2099. So, it was interesting to dig into Spider-Man 2099 #33 to figure out the story. I also read issue #32 because I had it as well and this is a two-part story. Unlike my last throwback review where I only had one issue of the two-part story arc in The Flash.

Peter David pens this issue which he wrote just about all of this original series. Our friendly neighborhood future Spider-Man is in Mexico during the Day of the Dead celebrations and wouldn’t you know it a guy ends up literally raising the dead! What a coincidence. Which the “bad guy” here Peter David gives a pretty tragic story. As a kid, he was playing with his parent’s gun (which comes across like an old GI Joe PSA) and accidentally shoots his sister killing her. So, he searched for this amulet that would raise her from the dead. He finally found it dug up her body and used it, only to raise all of the dead. 

So, this all brings us to the first appearance of Strange 2099 in issue #32, but she plays a bigger role in Spider-Man 2099 #33 as she and Spider-Man try to stop the deadites and figure out how to end this all.

2099

Peter David writes the issue well. It is pretty interesting and the “bad guys” motives are heartbreaking. But some of the dialogue comes off pretty heavy-handed and a bit goofy now. I mean it’s not terrible but a little silly. It also feels like Strange 2099 gets a little short-changed. Shortly into Spider-Man 2099 #33 she touches the amulet and it lets her demon part out (which doesn’t get explained) and she tries to kill Spider-Man until he socks her a good one turning her back to normal. I do like the Halloween, eerie type feel of the issue. It has a nice scary vibe to it.

This Strange character is easily the most interesting and I would like more info and time with her on this issue. We are teased with this demon side of her and that she is an apprentice to some mysterious person watching over her. But we don’t get much more information than that. She has appeared in other ’90s 2099 series and the most recent Spider-Mam 2099 series so I will have to check those out.

The story also seems like it ends rather abruptly, but it’s only 18 pages long as the other pages we have a young Miguel O’Hara story that I am sure plays into something bigger but I wanted more of this main story in Spider-Man 2099 #33 and didn’t care about this back up one.

Dead Time

The art in Spider-Man 2099 #33 is a bit of a ’90s a mixed bag. Andrew Wildman pencils with Stephen Baskerville on inks for the main story. David Boller draws the backup story. Ken Lopez letters the main story and backup story and Chia Chi-Wang has credits for the main story and backup story as well. Then there are color credits on the main story for Kim Bitsui, Foodhammer! and Malibu Color. So, the coloring is a bit whack in a few spots. The characters do look good though. It is hard to mess up a design as awesome as the Spider-Man 2099 costume. The team does an excellent job with it. Strange 2099 again is immediately eye-catching with her bandanna, leather jacket, tube top look.

The action scenes are also very well done. Characters have a ton of movement and look great as they battle the un-dead across Mexico. The un-dead skeletons and just the eerie Halloween vibe is caught perfectly by the art time. This would make for a great little Halloween type read.

The other characters though do lack a lot of design and overall look to them. They are kind of just blah and plain. There is also very little background detail in Spider-Man 2099 #33, a lot of blank spaces in this issue. The panels get a little too wild as well. I mean it works for some of the action scenes but I don’t need angular panel and perspective very every scene.

All Together Now

I like that the cover of Spider-Man 2099 #33 and issue #32 for that matter bring back good childhood memories. I can remember seeing these covers and buying them. The story inside of the books I have no memory of and that is probably because it is not that memorable. Not bad but nothing special either.

After re-reading this at an older age I feel like if we would have left out the young Miguel back up the story and let this main story go more pages we could have had something more satisfying. Either a great one issue story or a two-issue story arc with a better ending and more time to let the Strange 2099 character stretch her legs a bit more.

The art in Spider-Man 2099 #33 is okay as well, but also nothing memorable. The character designs are good but other than that not much stands out. Still, I did like the trip down memory lane 2.5 future spiders out of 5.


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Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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