Superior Spider-Man #19 (Marvel)


Rating: 4/5 – Successfully tying the present day with 2099!

This final part of the storyline that stars Spider-Man 2099 is here, and it finishes strong.  There was a brief moment towards the end of this issue where I thought writer Dan Slott made another huge change to the title that would dramatically shake up the book yet again.  That didn’t happen.  But, there’s one big change to a major character in the book while most everything else is put back into place for the start of the next big storyline.  All that being said, I really enjoyed this four part story and continue to believe that this Superior Spider-Man is one of the funnest, and most entertaining books Marvel is putting out.

Reading about the Spider-Man from the 2099 Universe has been refreshing, and artist Ryan Stegman makes that costume look great.  This story wraps up with the 2099 Spider-Man trying to protect his future by saving Tiberius Stone.  The way Slott has tied together the present day and the 2099 Universe is so well done having everything make perfect sense.  This story isn’t just a simple hop in and hop out of the timelines.  Slott, in just the four issues makes it all work, and opens the door for future stories that can potentially include both characters.  There’s not much to dislike about this issue.  Although Mary Jane feels a bit out of character, Slott makes the most of this concluding story.

One of the best scenes in this issue has Doc Ock thinking back to some of the main chapters of Peter’s life.  It’s a two page spread and Stegman draws the scenes in an old Ditko-ish style, replacing Peter with Doc Ock.  It’s clever, humorous and shows just how crazy Doc Ock can get.  Although Stegman isn’t on the book consistently, when he is, he makes the book stand out.  Sadly his work won’t be seen on the next storyline, but hopefully we get to see another arc with him soon as there seems to be a lot leading to a storyline involving the Goblins.

Overall, this book and this series continues to impress each and every month.  Slott is weaving some great plot lines into the main story so to see these gain momentum and eventually pay off, that will be fun to watch.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas – Covering the full spectrum of comics culture

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