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Issue: 22

Title: Did You Just Say...?

Writer: Peter David

Art: Rick Leonardi

 

Summary:

Gabe confesses to Miguel that he knows that he is really Spider-Man. Miguel tries to deny it, but Gabe tells Miguel how he recognized the costume and questioned Lyla about it. When Miguel asks Gabe if he plans on telling everyone, he replies that telling everyone would ruin the fun. Back in the real world, Kasey receives a forced invitation by a pair of mysterious corporate stooges. Eventually she learns that her captors are the corporate heads of Stark/Fujiwaka. They want Kasey's assistance in locating Spider-Man. Meanwhile, Gabe and Miguel finally emerge from their cyberspace adventure, much to Dana and Conchata's relief. To repay him for saving him in Cyberspace, Miguel asks that Gabe fix the still deactivated Lyla. Gabe advises Miguel to scrap her and start from scratch, but Miguel insists. Lyla holds sentimental value for Miguel. Her Marylin Monroe appearance was inspired by a tattoo on his ex, Xina Kwan. The two of them "broke in"  Miguel's apartment years ago. Gabe concludes that in order to reclaim the version of Lyla that existed before, he will need to find an expert in Artificial Intelligence. (Un)Fortunately Gabe knows exactly who Miguel needs to talk to. Xina, the woman he dumped for Dana.

 

Notes:

  • Cameo by Duke Stratosphere. The Duke knows Gabe by his cyberspace handle, Firelight.

Title: Dead Boy's Float

Writer: Peter David

Art: Chris Batista

 

Summary:

Xina finds Miguel floating unconscious in the pool. She calls for help and then proceeds to perform CPR which saves his life. When Angela questions Miguel about the incident, he lies saying that he cramped up while underwater instead of revealing that someone forced him down. Later Xina confronts Miguel about the lie. She believes it was Kron, but Miguel cannot say for sure. She wants him to tell Angela, but he refuses.

 

Notes:

  • Star Trek references abound. Miguel is wearing a Starfleet shirt from Star Trek: The Next Generation. Xina also has the Enterprise D hanging from her ceiling. Considering Xina's obsession with the 60s, I guess we can conclude that not a lot of Original Series Trek memorabilia survived into the year 2099. 

 


 

Issue: 10

Title: Chameleon 2099

Writer: Len Wein

Art: Andrew Wildman

 

Summary:

Gabe talks Miguel into going to Woodstock 2099. Things go sour when one of the festival goers, high on some kind of drug, undergoes a physical mutation. Transformed into a horned monster, the man begins to attack everyone under the illusion that they are demons out to torture him. Miguel dons his Spider-Man costume and quickly defeats the man. He undergoes another transformation, this time he shrinks into a rat-like creature and is inadvertently stepped on by his own girlfriend. After he dies, the man reverts to his normal shape and size. When the Public Eye arrive on the scene, Spider-Man flees. Afterwards, Miguel and Gabe talk over what they saw at the festival and Gabe reveals that he's heard on the net that a new designer drug, Chameleon, has hit the streets. The drug literally transforms you into whatever you're feeling at the moment. After learning from Alchemax's computers that the drug was created by a Dr. Winston Fong-Gomez, Spider-Man heads Downtown searching for clues to his whereabouts. Father Jennifer shares with him a lead, the drug Chameleon is being peddled by a man named Major Jones. Spider-Man bursts in on Jones' 'Snaphouse' and is forced to fight his chameleon-morphed minions. Out-numbered, Spider-Man manages to turn his attackers on one another so he can chase after Major Jones. In the struggle, Jones falls atop dozens of his own drug tablets. The drug seeps into skin causing him to overdose and turn into a puddle of human matter. After seeing that the other chameleon users have killed each other, Spider-Man leaves vowing to track down Jones' mysterious boss.

 

Placement:

The editors note states this is pre-#34 since Spider-Man is still wanted by the Public Eye. Gabe is already open about knowing Gabe secret so this is firmly after #22. Somewhere between the end of #22 and before the ending of #23 I think is the only good fit. I find it unlikely that Gabe would go to a music festival with Miguel knowing that Kasey is missing.

 

 

 

 

Issue: 23

Title: No Fury

Writer: Peter David

Art: Rick Leonardi

 

Summary:

A silhouetted figure observes Spider-Man as he swings about the city. They fire a single shot at him before hiding in the shadows. Elsewhere, in a hidden Stark-Fujiwaka lab Kasey Nash is forced to watch holo-captures of Spider-Man in action. A Stark-Fujiwaka CEO Hikaru-Sama appears and explains that they have concluded that she has strong feelings for Spider-Man and they suspect he feels the same for her. Meanwhile, Miguel visits Xina Kwan's apartment and is let in by her JFK android. Xina arrives and is surprised to see Miguel. Although she tries to mask it, she clearly still bears a grudge for being dumped for Dana. Miguel asks her to fix Lyla. At first Dana seems to refuse, but accepts after Miguel cleverly mentions that its something that Dana could never do. At Alchemax, Venture's sister Risque is taken to Venture's bedside. He has not spoken since his encounter with Spider-Man. Risque whispers gloatingly to her brother that she will kill Spider-Man. This triggers a reaction from Venture who wants to kill Spider-Man himself, but he's still too weak. Back at Stark-Fujiwaka, Hikaru-Sama observes Kasey who floats in a water-filled sphere while attached to machinery. Inside, Kasey thinks of how she will use her new powers to bring down Stark-Fujiwaka.

 

Notes:

  • Hikaru-Sama reveals details of Kasy's past. Her parents were addicted to Rapture and her father traded her on the Black Market for more Rapture. She also dealt in drugs and prostitution.

  • Disneyland was devastated by an earthquake in 2030.

  • Chelsea Clinton was president of the US at some point.

 

Title: Visiting Day

Writer: Peter David

Art: Chris Batista

 

Summary:

Its visiting day at the Alchemax School for Gifted Youngsters. Miguel is embarrassed by his brother Gabe's running around. He's further embarrassed when his father, George, makes a racist comment when he sees Xina. Xina proceeds to pretend that she's a Chinese servant and proceeds to serve George some strange tasting beer. Elsewhere, Gabe has the misfortune of running into Kron Stone who pushes the little boy into a tree. Conchata finds Gabe by following the sound of his cries and slaps Kron across the face. George follows and is ready to beat the boy until Tyler Stone and his wife arrive on the scene.

 

Notes:

  • First appearance of Tyler Stone's wife.

  • Continued in Spider-Man 2099 #26

 

 

 

 

Title: Leap of Faith

Writer: Peter David

Art: Ron Lim

 

Summary:

A man named Kenny stand atop one of Nueva York's soaring skyscrapers. Despite warnings from Public Eye offices hovering above him, he jumps. As he falls, his mind races back. He remembers arguing with his wife Loreen about having lost his job at Alchemax. He has faith in Thor and believes things will get better, but Loreen doesn't share his faith. Angry, Kenny leaves and dons his Thor costume in order to proclaim that Thor is coming. Flying with his skykite he runs into Miguel shortly after the accident which gave him his powers. Later, Kenny tells his fellow Thorites that he has met Spider-Man, the harbinger of Thor, but they don't believe him. He decides to form the Spider-rites, an off shoot of the Thorites who worship Spider-Man instead. After a brutal fight with the Fenris gang, Loreen walks out on him. He decides to jump off the top of a building to prove to her and everyone that Spider-Man has a plan for him. As he rushes downward he catches sight of Miguel and realizes that Spider-Man isn't going to save him, he can do nothing but watch.

 

Notes:

  • This story revisits events from Spider-Man 2099 #1 and 2.
  • Cameo only

 

Title: Faith Healer

Writer: Peter David

Art: Tom Grindberg

 

Summary:

The Net Prophet returns from his travels around the world to see Father Jennifer. His entrance surprises Loreen who was kneeling in prayer to God, asking for a sign. He tells Jennifer that he feels no closer to learning the purpose for his presence in this world. Hearing of Loreen's trouble with her husband, Net Prophet decides to intercede and talk to Kenny. He instantly travels to the street where Kenny is about to fall to his death and saves him by transporting both Kenny and himself into the ocean. When they make it to shore, Kenny interprets events that he must now believe in the Net Prophet. The Net Prophet tries to explain to him that he's just a man, as is Spider-Man. Their powers make them different, but not Gods. They're still just men who sleep, breathe, and bleed. He attempts to convince him that he is just as much an agent of God as anyone else. He should believe in himself. Finally he reunites Kenny with Loreen. The Net Prophet leaves them. In departing he tells Father Jennifer that he doesn't know if his intercession had any long term effect, but for the short term, he saved one life.

 

Notes:

  • Cameo only

  • Unfortunately Kenny's story doesn't have a happy ending. See Spider-Man 2099 #41

  • Net Prophet refers to "creatures in New Atlantis" when recounting what he saw in his travels.


 

Title: Deep Cover

Writer: Ian Edginton

Art: Malcolm Davis

 

Summary:

Deep beneath the ocean, Alchemax workers around the Atlantis installation uncover a buried soviet submarine. Knowing of Miguel's specialization in 20th century technology, Tyler Stone flies him in to assist in the investigation. Tyler introduces him to the person in charge of the excavation, Christa Devane. Unknown to Miguel, Alchemax has found several people kept in stasis aboard the sub. Instead of waiting for Miguel to retrieve the relevant data from the sub's records, Tyler orders Devane to continue to awaken one of the subjects. Meanwhile, Miguel learns that the cargo of the sub was a group of para-human commandos. Donning his Spider-Man costume, he arrives at Devane's lab in time to see Chernobyl revived. Believing himself to be in the nest of his enemies Chernobyl begins to lash out at everything and calling out for America's heroes. After slicing away at some of his equipment, Chernobyl reveals that his power source will explode and take the city with him. Spider-Man ultimately convinces him to see the futility of fighting a war that has been over for decades and kill people who've never heard of his battle. Chernobyl chooses to leave and spare the city. Soaring upwards, he hopes the low temperature of the atmosphere will act as a coolant. From the city, Spider-Man glimpses an explosion and assume the worst. He then quickly returns to the facility to avoid anyone connecting both his and Miguel disappearance. Later, in Siberia, a guard challenges a solitary figure who approaches. Chernobyl lives. 

 

Notes:

  • Among the heroes that Chernobyl was looking to fight are Captain America, the Thing, and the Hulk.

  • The fate of Chernobyl's fellow team members remains unknown.

 

 

 

Issue: 9

Title: Night of the Impaler

Writer: Matt Morra [plot], Nancy Collins [dialog]

Art: Joe St. Pierre

 

Summary:

When word reaches Tyler Stone that a rival company has hired a headhunter to steal Miguel away from Alchemax, he has Miguel placed under house arrest. As the Public Eye escort him home, the headhunter called Vlad, the Impaler, attacks. After disposing of his escorts Vlad identifies Miguel as the wrong O'Hara and releases him high above the city to fall down to his death. When Miguel returns home, he learns from Tyler Stone that Vlad is really after his brother Gabe. As Spider-Man, he heads downtown to rescue him. Spider-Man arrives just in time to save Gabe from a group of Fenris gangers. Gabe tells Spider-Man that he was hanging with some Thorite friends at a nearby campus but left his belongings. Spider-Man arrives at the camp in time to see that Vlad has kidnapped a small boy from the camp. He chases the hunter and manages to defeat him with an assist from the boy. After the fight, Spider-Man asks the boy for his name. He replies, Gedde Ohara.

 

Notes:

  • This story was originally commissioned as an inventory story for the main Spider-Man 2099 title. As such, artist Joe St. Pierre prepared a story-specific cover.

 

Placement:

Gabe knows Miguel's secret identity, so its clearly post #22. Despite being published during One Nation Under Doom, Tyler Stone is still in charge so its before Miguel makes his trip to Nightshade. I think right after or during #23 is a good place because Gabe is downtown and there's no room for this after the events of #24.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issue: 24

Title: Assault and Batteries

Writer: Peter David

Art: Rick Leonardi

 

 

Summary:

Kasey, who has been outfitted and cybernetically merged with a suit of armor, heads directly for Alchemax headquarters to deal some payback to the corporation. Unknown to her, Tyler Stone is aware of her actions which have all been predicted. Meanwhile, Gabe shows up at Miguel's apartment to ask his help in finding Kasey. Kasey coincidentally flies right past them on her way to Alchemax. At Gabe's urging, Miguel suits up after her. Kasey's attack on Alchemax goes well as she easily defeats Public Eye flyboys. However she is suddenly pulled down by the weight of their cycles which she hooked onto in order to zap their pilots. Spider-Man arrives and cuts her free just in time. The two fly off to a secluded spot to talk. Spider-Man tries to convince her that fighting Alchemax is idiotic. Kasey finds something familiar about Spider-Man's voice and believes its Gabe under the mask. Their conversation is interrupted by Risque who shoots Kasey off the roof of the building. Spider-Man dives after Kasey and saves her with a webline. Gabe arrives and tries to run to her side her but is stopped by Public Eye security who proceed to beat him while others take Kasey away. Meanwhile, Risque pins Spider-Man down. Risque decides to kiss Spider-Man killing him. Unfortunately for her, Spider-Man bites and poisons her. Spider-Man rushes to Gabe's side, but Gabe doesn't want his help and walks away. Finally, to Spider-Man's extreme surprise, Venture appears saying they need to have a chat about his sister.

 

Notes:

  • Kasey says "With great power comes great responsibility."

 

 

 

Issue: 25

Title: Truth Hurts

Writer: Peter David

Art: Rick Leonardi

 

Summary:

A sorely beaten Gabe recounts of what happened to him and Kasey to his mother Conchata. She leaves him to recover thinking that its now up to her to make things right. Elsewhere, Spider-Man fights the recently revived Venture. Their battle takes them to a Maglev track which pins Venture down in the path of a train. Venture survives bring run over and finally manages to tell Spider-Man that it was not his intention to fight him, but to thank him for beating his sister, Risque. Meanwhile Dana shows up at Miguel's apartment and finds Xina repairing Lyla. With his fight with Venture over, Spider-Man returns his attention to Tyler Stone. He sticks to the bottom of his limo as he heads home. Its in his mansion that Spider-Man decides that he will kill Tyler Stone. To Spider-Man's surprise, he finds that his mother is there having a drink with Tyler. He observes as Conchata blackmails Tyler Stone into freeing Kasey and cleaning her record. They seal their deal with a kiss. As Conchata leaves, Tyler confesses that he never slipped Miguel any rapture. It was a non-addictive simulation of the drug. He only wanted to keep Miguel from leaving the company. He says he could never hurt Miguel. Conchata responds by saying that each time she looks at Miguel she doesn't see the face of George O' Hara, she sees his real father, Tyler Stone.

 

Notes:

  • Revealed that Tyler Stone is in fact Miguel's father.

  • Revealed that Tyler Stone played a role in the death of Herod's daughter.

  • Features Hulk 2099 and Net Prophet back-up features.

  • Rick Leonardi and Al Williamson's last issue of the main Spider-Man 2099 book as interior artists. Their final contribution to the character as the interior art team was the Spider-Man 2099 meets Spider-Man graphic novel. Together they also provided the cover to Spider-Man 2099 #35. Leonardi later provided the cover to Spider-Man 2099 #45 with inks by Scott Hanna.

 

 

 

 

 

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