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Superior Spider-Man #17

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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.

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