Writer: Steve Orlando
Artist: Dave Watcher
Colorist: Carlos Lopez
Cover Artists: Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer & Marte Gracia
Publisher: Marvel Comics
The Future is here! In the year 2099, the world still has a hero to protect people in Miguel O’Hara, aka Spider-Man 2099. Spider-Man is determined to take down the sinister Cabal that has ruled the dystopian Nueva York for years, and he’s picked up an ally and learned the identity of his true enemy. In Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #1, Spider-Man is in a race to reach the new Celestial Garden of Eden before the Cabal can claim it.
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This issue is a follow up to the original Alpha issue and picks up right where it left off with Spider-Man 2099 and Ghost Rider teaming up to fight some goons from the Cabal. Their goal is still the same, to stop the Cabal from claiming the Celestial Garden, but they need to do something about the bounty that was placed on it. So, Ghost Rider suggests hiring their own mercenary to help them: the last Winter Soldier of 2099.
So, I’m not sure if this variation of the Winter Soldier is new or not, but the comic treats them like a new creation so I’ve done the same. This new Winter Soldier is pretty much the star of the comic as it explores her backstory, skills, and shows off what her purpose in life is. Sadly, the character isn’t anything to boast about. Her look isn’t that memorable, her personality is pretty dull, and her goal is very cliche and not used well. She’s not a terrible character but she’s not a good character either, she’s serviceable.
The story follows her journey from Russia all the way to Nueva York as she’s helping Spider-Man and Ghost Rider with their bounty issue. Like the character, the story is pretty predictable and does its job for what it is meant to do. The art by Dave Watcher is fine, it works well with the more grizzled, dirty, and grounded approach that’s taken with the Winter Soldier of 2099 and her story. What steals the show is when Crossbones of 2099 shows up and gets the action rolling, and the art gets to show off how brutal and bloody it can get.
Overall, the story is pretty self-contained and kind of sets the stage for what the next several issues in this comic will probably be like. They’ll show off a new version of familiar and established characters from present-day Marvel in the future of 2099, like the Winter Soldier and soon enough Loki in the next issue. We’ll see what the next comics do with the 2099 characters, and hopefully they don’t forget that Spider-Man 2099’s supposed to be the main character in this mini-event.
Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #1 shows off more of the futuristic setting through the eyes of the new Winter Soldier of 2099. The character herself is serviceable, her design and abilities are not that impressive and her goal is pretty cliche. However, everything about her is used well for the comic’s main story.