Superior Spider-Man #17
By Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman
Dan Slott can be very frustrating. You have to trudge through 4-5 issues of mediocrity before you get an issue that is actually as great as advertised. With the return of Spider-Man 2099, fans of Marvel in the nineties have been giddy with joy to get their hands on this issue. Issue #17 is certainly worth the hype, but it may not be for everybody.
Most of the issue is a love song to Miguel O’Hara. Everything from the tone to the language feels like a nineties issue of Spidey 2099 (only with less needless exposition). O’Hara’s world in 2099 is shown and handled with care. What’s even better is Slott manages to bring Peter/Otto’s story and Ohara’s together seamlessly. Not once does anything feel forced or thrown in – it feels like he’s been planning this for years.
A few problems do pop up, though. Slott is handling quite a few subplots, which he touches on here. It kind of throws a monkey wrench in the story’s momentum. It probably would have been best if he would have taken a break from these stories. Unless he plans on tying them in somehow, there really isn’t much point.
Speaking of which, I don’t know who the identity of this particular Green Goblin is, but this one is boring and written very poorly. Throwing in Phil Urich, somebody who is already a poorly developed character, only makes this subplot even worse. I sure hope Slott is going somewhere with this.
Ryan Stegman, why can’t you stay on this title for a while? Why must you tease us? Stegman always impresses and his interpretation of Spidey 2099 is some of his best work – he looks fierce. This guy can really draw spider-dudes.
While not everything flows well, Spider-Man 2099’s return is still exciting and worth a read. Coupled with Stegman’s art, this arc has a lot going for it. Now let’s all hope for the miracle of a consistently well written story arc.