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Issue: 21

Title: Parlor Games

Writer: Ian Edginton

Art: Jim Fern

 

Summary:

 

Overhearing a report of arms fire from a Public Eye communication, Spider-Man heads Downtown to investigate. Awaiting him are a trio of bloodthirsty women who have been hunting citizens who have no subscription with the Public Eye for security. Spider-Man finds the three women standing over the dead body of their latest victim. He discovers that their black card brats, rich heirs with so much money they believe they're entitled to get away with murder. Their black card status also means they're heavily armed and the women use their gadgets to seriously injure Spider-Man. He flees in order to find a place where he has the advantage. Under the cover of darkness he easily apprehends two of the three. Reasoning with Dita, the most vicious of the three, fails. Fortunately for Spider-Man the floor of the decrepit building they chased him into collapses beneath Dita's feet and she falls into the water. Spider-Man releases the other two. When they ask for their black cards back, Spider-Man agrees only after he breaks them. He then leaves the two girls to fend for themselves.

 

 

   

 

 

Issue: 1

Title: Nothing Ever Changes!

Writer: Evan Skolnick

Art: Chris Wozniak

 

Summary:

At Koop Memorial Hospital, a masked man slaughters a whole ward of patients. Weeks later, Spider-Man is on the streets saving a man from thugs who are trying to rip his identifier implant when the Public Eye arrives on the scene. Miguel leaves the scene and sneaks back into his office just in time to go to lunch with his friend Anna Coye. Miguel asks about Anna's sister. She afflicted with a rare genetic deformity, but doctors say she will pull through. However Anna is worried about the reports that someone is killing patients. Miguel offers to accompany her to visit her sister. Elsewhere, Gerald Bernardson recalls how the death of his only daughter and the discovery that it was due to a flaw in his DNA led to his becoming Mutagen. Experimentation on his own DNA has given him the ability to adapt to any situation. As Mutagen his mission is to purify humanity by killing off the genetically weak. Mutagen invades the hospital where Anna's sister, Carrie, is being treated and begins a rampage. Miguel dons his Spider-Man costume and tries to stop him. When their fight takes them into Carrie's room, he uses a high voltage device to electrocute Mutagen. His body adapts and he survives. His fight with Spider-Man makes Mutagen realize that his strategy is slow and cumbersome. He flees to reconsider how he can better execute his plans.

   

Issue: 2

Title: Remote Control

Writer: Evan Skolnick

Art: Chris Wozniak

 

Summary:

In the lab of an Alchemax think tank named Macroware, scientists Carmen Lynch and Damien Fawcett learn that they have perfected a thought control device. While they believe that they have the means to become independently rich, unknown to them Alchemax is spying on them and has already sent a team to collect their work. Fawcett betrays Lynch and beats her to death, but not before she uses the device to send instructions for Miguel to kill Damien. At home, Miguel views his messages and receives Carmen's subliminal programming. He dons his Spider-Man costume and swings over to kill Fawcett. At the lab, Spider-Man's attempts to kill Fawcett are impeded by the arrival of Alchemax corporate raiders. Spider-Man manages to evade them and reach his target. As he closes in for the kill, Miguel manages to regain control of his legs and walks deliberately into some electrical coils. The shock frees him of mental control. When he realizes that Fawcett killed Carmen, he throws him aside and leaves him for the raiders. Gunfire from the raider kill Fawcett and inadvertently destroys the mind control device. 

 

 

 

 

   

Issue: 3

Title: Spare Changes

Writer: Evan Skolnick

Art: Chris Wozniak

 

Summary:

After stopping the hijacking of a Public Eye weapons van, Miguel speeds to a meeting he has with Anna Coye who is receiving a tour of Helix Corp's facilities. At Helix Corp he learns that the company he created more efficient compact DNA scanners for the medical field. Elsewhere, the villain Mutagen learns of Helix's new device and plans to use it in his crusade to cleanse humanity of the genetically inferior. Mutagen breaks into the building and interrupts Miguel and Anna's tour just as they are being shown the new scanner. Mutagen recognizes Anna from his previous encounter with Spider-Man and deduces that she must have the same flawed DNA as her hospitalized sister. Miguel challenges Mutagen hoping to be tossed out of view and have the opportunity to don his costume discreetly. Unfortunately his powers kick in and he gives away that he is Spider-Man. Their fight takes them first into a lab with freezing cold temperatures. After Mutagen's body adapts, Spider-Man flings him into the next door lab which harnesses solar power and is extremely hot. Spider-Man grabs Anna and escape from the lab and subsequent explosion. In the aftermath, a hand reaches out from flames and grabs hold of the DNA scanner.

 

 

   

 

Title: The Menace of Man Spider

Writer: Jon Peterson

Art: Joe St. Pierre

 

Summary:

At a Synthia bio-development lab a spider-like monstrosity chases away two lab technicians. The creatures wants something in the lab but is chased away by Synthia guards. The next day, Miguel goes to pick up Dana at her office at Synthia. There he learns of the break-in which happened the previous night. Apart from finding some odd material in the wrecked lab, he notes how suspicious that the lead scientist, Antoine Tarantella doesn't seem bothered by the break-in. Over lunch, Tarantella defends his research into melding different animal species as crucial to helping poor countries attain self-sustainability. When the argument between he and Miguel gets heated, Tarantella storms off and transforms into the creature from the previous night. Later, Miguel examines the material he found in the lab and learns that the man-spider is Tarantella. Unfortunately he learns too late. As the man-spider, Tarantella intrudes into the Alchemax building where he finds that they are duplicating his experiments. When a melded animal subject goes berserk, he kills the creature but accidentally kills an Alchemax scientist as well. In a fit of rage he flees and takes Dana hostage. As Spider-Man, Miguel follows him to a childhood hiding place that both Antoine and Dana used to use. There Antoine reveals how an accident while he tested his melding process affected him. He tried to use his own facilities to reverse the process, but they were wrecked by the Synthia guards. Now the Alchemax lab has similarly been wrecked by their own creature. When Dana mentions that Miguel could help, Antoine becomes angry. Spider-Man arrives on scene. After a prolonged fight, Spider-Man decks the man-spider sending him into the sewage pipes where he believes he will be caught up for miles. 

Notes:

  • Dana and Antoine are childhood friends.
  • A story-specific cover with art by Joe St. Pierre was created for the special before it was decided to use the painted art cover by Greg and Tim Hildebrandt. The three 2099 'specials' each feature cover artwork by the Hildebrandt brothers. 
 

 

Title: After Image

Writer: Ian Edginton

Art: Vince Giarrano

 

Summary:

Gabe faces off against the legendary Blitzgeist, a vampiric archetype who preys upon novice net-gliders to maintain itself.

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Eye Spy

Writer: Mark Waid

Art: Gabriel Morrissette

 

Summary:

'Cathode' Ray deals in videos hacked from Public Eye cameras. He sells everything from peeping tom videos to footage of suicide, murder,  and car crashes. His latest hack scores him footage of Spider-Man apparently taking off his mask. Unfortunately for Ray, he has also spread word that he has footage of a serial killer called Jumpcut. When word reaches Jumpcut of this, he decides to pay Ray a visit to erase the footage. Ray however escapes him. Three days later, Spider-Man sees footage of himself unmasking being projected as a giant hologram. The footage cuts away just before his face comes into view. Following the projection to its source, he meets Ray. Ray wants Spider-Man to protect him from Jumpcut. The killer appears and begins to chase Ray. Jumpcut manages to get the disc he believes has his face on it and disappears. Thanks to Ray, Spider-Man knows where he will appear next. Jumpcut ports into Ray's base mad that the disc was not the one he wanted. Spider-Man is waiting for him and grabs the disc which has the incriminating footage. Jumpcut goes berserk. He feels persecuted by the constant watching by the Public Eye. In his rage he begins to destroy Ray's equipment. Just as he attempts to port out, Spider-Man blinds him. Jumpcut then ports into Ray's video screens and dies.

 

 

 

 

Placement:

With the exception of the Gabe/Firelight story, I place these stories after #14 as that's the only firm ending of the series. The lack of Miguel's regular supporting cast also means that there is nothing that necessarily places this later. The Gabe story I would place sometime after #22 since its implied that prior to that he had not jacked in for sometime.

 

 

 

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