Spider-Man 2099 is one of my all-time favourite comic series. Written largely by Peter David, it follows Miguel O’Hara, one of the top research scientists at a corporation called Alchemax, as he is the victim of a lab accident which gives him powers and he becomes the Spider-Man of the year 2099.
While Spider-Man is hunted by the corporation, Miguel continues at his job, hoping to find a way to reverse what happened to him, and throughout he discovers the harsh realities of the world he lives in, as Spider-Man becomes a hero to the underclasses who have been forgotten by the corporations who rule this futuristic world.
Its a brilliant series. Peter David did everything he could to make it completely different to the Peter Parker Spider-Man and it works beautifully. The world of 2099 is well-crafted, and there’s a lot to be had from Miguel discovering how sheltered his life has been from working at Alchemax.
The great news then, is that Marvel are going to re-release the series in a set of trades. And to mark this, Newsarama conducted a series of interviews with Peter David, talking about his time on the series, what worked, what didn’t (especially decisions made after he left the title which went against what he’d carefully setup) and what he might do differently today. Its just a pity they don’t ask him about Flipside. He was a great villain that sadly only appeared the once, but to me seemed to clearly be setup as the Venom to this Spider-Man.
If you’ve never read it, its well worth taking a look. And you can find the interviews here: