So, when Marvel announced an ongoing Spider-Man 2099 series, the news didn't really register on my radar; until Peter David and Will Sliney were announced as the creative team, that is. Sometimes, that detail can change everything, and that was certainly the case with this volume of Spider-Man 2099.
Two issues in now, I can confidently say that this series is turning out to be every bit as good as I was expecting it to be, based on the strength of the creators involved. This title is exactly what Peter David fans have come to know and love so much about his writing; it's funny, exciting and the characters have already developed distinct personalities that jump off the page.
Outside of four pages at the beginning, Miguel is in civilian clothes the entire issue, and that is exactly what you expect from a Peter David book. This issue is used to develop Miguel's relationship with his new landlord, as well as with his boss at Alchemax. Much like in David's storied X-Factor run(s), time out of costume is just as important as time spent in costume for the protagonist(s) of his stories, and that is exactly how he connects so well with readers. While superheroing is what brings us to certain comic books, it is our connections with the respective characters that make us true fans, and David has spent decades perfecting that approach to the medium.
While Miguel stops a bank robbery as Spider-Man 2099 at the onset of this issue, the real narrative hook here is that we get to know Miguel O'Hara out of costume, and find out more about why he is here in the current Marvel 616 universe, who the people in his new life are and how his relationships to them are shaping his time in the 616. We discover that Miguel's new landlord has leukemia, and that her diagnosis isn't good, we also find out that his boss has uncovered his secret identity as a result of events in issue #1 and ultimately we are shown that Miguel's mission here in our timeline is going to be much more complex than he had initially thought.
It's the tangible grasp on real-life situations that David successfully interweaves into his stories that have made so many readers long-time fans of his work, and it is exactly why Spider-Man 2099 is engaging so far. It also doesn't hurt that Will Sliney is an incredible artistic talent, and his story telling is mature beyond where you would expect it to be for such a young artist. He guide's David's scripts visually in a fashion you would expect from a much more seasoned comic book veteran, and his characters ooze personality, both of which make for a very enjoyable experience visually.
Overall, this book is high-quality through and through, and deserves a chance from any superhero fan, heck, even non-superhero fans would do well to check this title out.