Like past great Spider-Man stories, a lot sometimes rides on the supporting cast. Dan Slott has seamlessly brought Spider-Man 2099 into the present as well as make a connection between his supporting cast and the modern day Spidey's. While we continue to watch Doc Ock's tenure as Spider-Man unfold with his plans for the new Spider-Island, we also get to see developments at Horizon Labs which have been brewing for some time now. There are some great and interesting characters working at Horizon. Slott's use of the to further push the story adds some variation and also makes it more enjoyable since we're not supposed to exactly like Spider-Man since he's under Octavius' control.
One of the fun aspects to Slott's stories is he either always has a plan or easily manages to connect current story lines to past events. The continued attention to detail is one of the things that makes this title fascinating. Seeing past events or objects makes it feel like each and every past story is important. That's exactly how it should be. Each adventure or moment in this title could come back later and have an impact on a future story.
Seeing Spider-Man 2099 again is a treat. It's unfortunate it's not under better circumstances. You'll find yourself on the edge of your seat as you turn each page, not knowing what might happen next for him or others. As the main action unfolds, we get to see more subplots growing as well with Green Goblin just about ready to make his move.
Ryan Stegman's art just keeps getting better and better. His scenes with Spidey and Spidey 2099 have such an powerful look to them. You get sucked into the action and can't help but stop to look at all the detail at the same time. Edgar Delgado's colors make the art truly shine. The way some scenes are bathed in light or in shadows really enhances the mood of each scene.
This is just a completely fun story. Time travel stories that bring known characters together often feel gimmicky or like there won't be any lasting impact but that's not the case here. Seeing Spider-Man 2099 in the present feels like this won't just be a simple story soon forgotten for the characters involved. We know Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 have met before but how much did that story really matter to Spider-Man mythos? This story is definitely driving the plot and series along. In other words, I didn't have any problems with this issue.
With each issue Dan Slott continues to make SUPERIOR Spider-Man an interesting read. Like others, I would love to see the return of Peter, but there's no denying the opportunity we have in these stories for new and different sorts of stories. This issue is a perfect example in illustrating how different and free from conflict the story would be if it were Peter under the mask. The idea of bringing in Spider-Man 2099 almost feels like a gimmick but it works wonderfully here. With Ryan Stegman's art and Edgar Delgado's colors, it's a visual feast to go along with the fun and exciting issue. Seeing traces of past events play into the bigger picture is always cool. Month after month, Slott and Stegman show us this is a comic not to be missed.