It’s the one and only Spider-Man 2099! While excited that he is making his way to the 616 Universe, the story which leads to this I think fell flat. When you have a character such as himself and he is being introduced into a new world, you want to give the reader something to care for about the character. And while there is much to care for in his case, the reason isn’t all too appealing.
Now getting back to Otto, things are a lot more interesting as Modell finds himself in trouble with the law. It’s not really something that you see coming, but it makes sense given Otto has been avoiding his duties as Peter and to Horizon Labs to be aware of what goes on within the walls. Again what keeps this story fresh is the fact that you are looking at it as if something will always go wrong. Something will always go wrong and be it Stone, Goblin, or Wraith, the threat is there and you never know what they have up their sleeve to dish it out to Otto or get what they want.
While I don’t find Spidey 2099′s story on how he gets here to be well executed, from the perspective of Horizon’s employees it makes a lot more sense. There is a lot more motivation from them to use and to some extent abuse time which allowed him to make his way to the 616 Universe. The problem I find is that I do understand that Spider-Man 2099 comes from the future, but I really had a hard time adjusting to the way they spoke. Things like “jammit” really did not click and it felt kinda cheesy whether this was to show the change in dialogue or censor him.
Overall I felt a bit let down by this introduction. It could have been handled a bit better and I hope that down the road as the story progresses it can do some justice to what was pretty weak. That’s not to say the whole issue was weak as everything else made this redeemable with the plot progression. Slott has taken a step back to address some of the things that Otto has neglecting in Pete’s life and this is one which took him by surprise and led to something which could have been avoidable.