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The Exiles, a team of mutants from diverse realities dedicated to keeping the multi-verse safe. When the team makes a trip to Earth-928 [the original 2099 universe], the team recruits Spider-Man 2099 in their mission to stop the reality altering villain Proteus. Spider-Man joins the team and leaves 2099. Marvel Handbooks have noted that Proteus' arrival created a divergent timeline designated Earth-6375. Therefore the events of World Tour do not ret-con the original stories.

 

Issue: 75

Title: World Tour 2099 Part 1

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Jim Calafiore

 

Summary:

Proteus makes his way into the 2099 universe via Jordan Boone's Virtual Unreality gate and kidnaps him. Tyler Stone asks Miguel to investigate the incident. He finds that Proteus made Boone do a search for super-humans and that he seemed to fix on John Eisenhart, the Hulk. As Spider-Man, he uses Public Eye files to track Eisenhart to a dinner meeting he's attending. On the way he meets up with the Exiles. They fill him in on who Proteus is and their mission to stop him. Spider-Man agrees to help. Meanwhile at the restaurant, Eisenhart learns that his meeting with Stark/Fujikawa is in fact an acquisition. Surrounded by company headhunters, he transforms into the Hulk. Proteus and Boone arrive has the Hulk engages in battle. The Exiles follow shortly but arrive too late, Proteus has taken over the Hulk.

 

Notes:

  • Proteus' entry into 2099 mirrors the events of Spider-Man 2099 #12, right down to the fact that he arrives in the body of Justice, who became the Net Prophet in 2099. Boone's assistant conjectures that Proteus is the "prophet of Thor" is no doubt a sly reference to his 2099 identity.

  • Although the point of divergence from the original 2099 continuity would seem to begin the moment Proteus enters the universe, I conjecture that his presence has had a wider effect, thus explaining other inconsistencies with the 2099 we know. For instance, in Earth-6375 the Public Eye and Stark/Fujikawa seem to know that John Eisenhart is the Hulk.

  • Cover joins with Exiles #76

  • Collected in Exiles World Tour

   

Issue: 76

Title: World Tour 2099 Part 2

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Jim Calafiore

 

Summary:

Using his reality-altering powers, Proteus turns the whole building into an extension of himself and he 'throws-up' Sabretooth, Morph, and everyone else in the building. Alone with Blink, Proteus reveals that he still has Mimic's emotions and that he feels love for her. Longshot uses his mutant power to break back into the building and free her from his grip. Together they teleport out. Unfortunately the battle has attracted the attention of various players in the 2099-verse. Stark-Fuji-kawa send in a team of Specialists to retake their building. Spider-Man tries to rescue Boone while Proteus is distracted, but Proteus catches him and unmasks him in front of cameras transmitting to various Mega-Corps. Alchemax, Pixel, and Stark-Fujikawa all make bids to hire him. Miguel warns Proteus that any one of the Mega-Corps just want to use him as a guinea pig. Having got what he came for, a new shell, Proteus decides to leave to another universe. With his identity now public knowledge, Miguel has become a wanted man. When the Exiles show up, Miguel asks to join them, which they agree.

 

Notes:

  • Doom 2099's cameo mirrors his cameo in Spider-Man 2099 #4.

  • In this version of 2099, the Specialist is not a sole warrior, but apparently one of many such warriors. Spider-Man recognizes the Specialists, stating that he was attacked by one weeks ago, a reference to Spider-Man 2099 #4

   

Issue: 77

Title: World Tour Squadron Supreme Part 1

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Jim Calafiore

 

Summary:

Miguel is taken to the Crystal Palace where he meets the last of the Exiles team, Heather Hudson. The Time Breakers inform the Exiles that their efforts to catch Proteus is damaging the timelines they visit by creating divergent realities. They should focus on repairing damaged realities instead of creating new ones. Unwilling to let Proteus go, the team follow him to Earth 712, home of the Squadron Supreme. Proteus intends to take over Hyperion's body. He arrives and befriends the Squadron by joining them in battle. When the Exiles arrive attacking Proteus, the Squadron unknowingly ally themselves with him. As the Squadron overpower the Exiles, Proteus makes his exit.

   

Issue: 78

Title: World Tour Squadron Supreme Part 2

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Jim Calafiore

 

Summary:

The Squadron Supreme hold the Exiles on trial. The situation is against them until Heather digs up information on the Squadron showing that they are less than perfect heroes themselves. She also informs them of how the Global Directorate rigged elections to gain power. When news spreads across the globe, the Exiles are set to move on with their mission. Hyperion decides to join them to help defeat Proteus, but Zarda stops him saying that the world needs him more than her, so she joins the team instead. 

 

Notes:

  • The issue is rife with in-jokes aimed at the Squadron Supreme's similarity to DC properties. From The Skrull saying that they are a League that fights for Justice, to Morph holding a "The End is Nigh" sign like in Watchman.

 

   

Issue: 79

Title: World Tour Future Imperfect Part 1

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Paul Pelletier

 

Summary:

Proteus travels to the Earth of the Maestro version of the Hulk. Rick Jones asks him to defeat the Maestro and provides him with a weapon created by the mutant Forge. When Proteus confronts Maestro, he is surprised to learn that the Exiles have warned him of his presence and intent. A battle ensues as Proteus attempts to possess Maestro and the Exiles accidentally attack Maestro in the chaos.

 

Notes:

  • This isn't the first time that a Spider-Man 2099 has visited this Earth. The original Spider-Man 2099 visited this Earth with Captain Marvel. See Time Flies.

 

 
   

Issue: 80

Title: World Tour Future Imperfect Part 2

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Paul Pelletier

 

Summary:

Maestro fights the Exiles while Proteus is buried under a heap of rubble. Eventually Proteus recovers and renews his attack on Proteus. The Exiles hold back to see if Maestro can defeat him, but Proteus gains the upper hand when he snaps Maestro's neck. Hoping that he's worn out from the fight with Maestro, Morph moves in to beat him, but Proteus punches him straight in the face forcing the protective metal bar out of his head. With Morph's body no longer protected by metal, Proteus jumps in and takes possession of him. Proteus quickly realizes that because of Morph's powers, his body doesn't deteriorate and he no longer need change bodies again. Proteus finally escape into another reality. Blink promises their next meeting will be their last.

 

 
   

Issue: 81

Title: World Tour Heroes Reborn Part 1

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Jim Calafiore

 

Summary:

Heather Hudson fools Proteus into landing on Counter-Earth instead of back home on Earth 616. Proteus quickly makes friends with the Young Allies and dupes them into fighting the Exiles. However the battle is interrupted by Order and Chaos. They state that Proteus' presence has tipped the cosmic scales so that the planet's final fate can be judged.

 
   

Issue: 82

Title: World Tour Heroes Reborn Part 2

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Jim Calafiore

 

Summary:

Order and Chaos explain to Proteus that the planet has been judged not part of the natural order and must be destroyed. They have selected Proteus as the instrument of that destruction. To that end, they take him to Queen Dorma's cache of missiles. Proteus raises Atlantis killing of all Atlanteans, including Dorma. The Exiles arrive and Proteus launches Dorma's missiles. Blink uses her powers to teleport a behavior modifier into Proteus crown. The modifier programs him to only access Morph's memories resulting in Proteus believing himself to be Morph. With Proteus no longer a threat, the team aids the Young Allies to stop the last of Dorma's missiles. The team finally returns home to continue their mission of saving other realities.

 
   

Issue: 83

Title: Its Your Funeral

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Casey Jones

 

Summary:

The Exiles begin the process of returning the bodies of their fallen comrades to their respective realities. Meanwhile, Blink buries Mimic in the desert chamber of the Crystal Palace. When Zarda learns this, she tells Blink that she should ask his family if that would truly be his wish. Reluctantly, Blink returns to Cal's reality with his body to tell his fellow X-Men where he has been and to learn about him from his loved ones.

 

 
   

Issue: 84

Title: Back in the Saddle

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Jim Calafiore

 

Summary:

The team takes a break and various members use the chance to visit home. The Timebreakers however warn that ignoring their mission will have grave consequences. Heather's sojourn is interrupted when the team receives word that it is her reality that is in danger. In her reality the Cold War never ended. Soviet Super Soldier plan to use the Darkforce to subjugate the planet. Together with Alpha Flight, the Exiles put a stop to their plan. However in the ensuing battle, both Long Shot and Morph abandon the Crystal Palace leaving the Timebreakers alone. When the team tries to return to the palace, they receive a message from the Time Broker stating that they've all been fired.

 

Notes:

  • Spider-Man 2099 visits his home reality. Its labeled Earth 928. There he meets up with Gabe who explains that he and their mother have become Celebrities since his unmasking. They are however under constant surveillance.

 

 

 

   

Issue: 85

Title: The New Exiles Part 1

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Paul Pelletier

 

Summary:

To save a reality where Wolverine melded with Magento, Scarlet Warlock, Quicksilver, and Mesmero, the Timebreakers recruit Wolverines from other realities. The strategy proves ineffective. When one of the Wolverine's learn that they're replacing the Exiles, he has the Time Breakers bring them back.

   

Issue: 86

Title: The New Exiles Part 2

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Paul Pelletier

 

Summary:

With the aid of the Exiles, the last remaining 'New Exiles' manage to defeat Brother Mutant and free their fellow Wolverines.

 

 

 

   

Issue: 87

Title: Superguardians Part 1

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Paul Pelletier

 

Summary:

In a universe where the planet Earth is already destroyed, the Exiles must save Galactus, the Restorer of Worlds from his treacherous herald, the Silver Surfer.

 

Notes:

  • The orbiter craft the Exiles use comes from Spider-Man 2099's reality.

 

 

Issue: 88

Title: Superguardians Part 2

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Paul Pelletier

 

Summary:

Sabretooth receives the power cosmic in order to defeat the Silver Surfer.

 

Issue: 89

Title: Wallflowers

Writer: Tony Bedard

Art: Jim Calafiore

 

Summary:

Blink is wounded on mission. As she recovers in stasis, the team continues to work on stopping a series of realities from being destroyed. Heather also takes a moment to talk to Miguel about her concern that Proteus may remember that he isn't Morph, and that while in Morph's body he has seemingly lost his aversion to metal. Later, after Miguel is also wounded in the line of duty, their worst fears almost come true when Morph comes under mental attack by the White Queen. Proteus doesn't emerge, but when Morph briefly speaks with a Scottish accent, the team begin to worry that Morph will require periodic reprogramming to keep Proteus's personality locked away. Heather also asks Miguel for his help in finding a way to heal T-Bird, a former member of the team who remains in stasis.

 

 

Issue: 90

Title: Enemy of the Stars: Fresh Blood

Writer: Chris Claremont

Art: Paul Pelletier

 

Summary:

Power Princess chooses to leave the team and return to her reality. Meanwhile, Blink, Sabretooth, and Heather discuss the Proteus problem. When the team embarks on their next mission, Blink decides to leave Morph behind. Heather meanwhile searches the timelines looking for a replacement for Power Princess. Her scanner picks out Psylocke of Earth 616. Later, Sabretooth returns from the mission alone and wounded. He tells Heather that the others have been captured. They need back up. Heather snatches Psylocke from her reality. When Sabretooth rushes to confront her, she runs him through with a sword. 

 

 

Issue: 91

Title: Enemy of the Stars: Main Event

Writer: Chris Claremont

Art: Paul Pelletier

 

Summary:

Sabretooth and Psylocke continue their fight until Morph manages to break them up. After being introduced to Heather, she is given a quick summary of their mission and why she has been snatched from her reality. She reluctantly agrees to help them. The three are then teleported to the alternate Earth. Elsewhere on the Earth, Blink attempts to free an imprisoned Spider-Man but is defeated by a reprogrammed Long Shot. After arriving on the Earth, Psylocke is taken aback by the destruction. She and the others are quickly met by this world's Elektra and taken to meet the leader of the Free Earth movement, Reed Richards. Heather contacts Sabretooth via the Tallus to let him know that they have a deadline to save their teammates before the Earth is destroyed. The only way to avert its destruction is kill Reed Richards.

 

 

Issue: 92

Title: Enemy of the Stars: Why Do We Do These Things We Do?

Writer: Chris Claremont

Art: Paul Pelletier

 

Summary:

The Exiles face their reprogrammed comrades. On this world, Wolverine and Susan Storm lead the Hand. While their army faces off against Sabretooth and Morph, Susan seeks to kill Reed Richards with Wolverine's help. Psylocke appears in Richards' chamber, she must decide whether or not to complete the mission and kill him or find another way to save the world.

 

Notes:

  • Last issue to designate Spider-Man 2099 as coming from Earth-928

Issue: 93

Title: Enemy of the Stars: Shall the Past Be Prologue?

Writer: Chris Claremont

Art: Paul Pelletier

 

Summary:

Psylocke informs Reed of her mission and implores him to find another solution. Before their conversation can continue, she collapses when she observes that her teammates are fighting this world's Slaymaster. On her world, this man blinded her to teach her a lesson. When she awakens, Reed has moved her away from his chamber before Susan and Wolverine arrive. When she does, Reed offers her a deal. Free this world and he will give her alternate worlds to conquer.

 

Notes:

  • First issue to designate Spider-Man 2099 as coming from Earth-6375

 

Issue: 94

Title: Enemy of the Stars: We'll Die Another Day

Writer: Chris Claremont

Art: Paul Pelletier

 

Summary:

Time runs out and the planet and its dimension are about to be wiped out. Morph and Longshot head for the Free Earth base to rescue Psylocke before they are all wiped from existence. As they fight to defeat Wolverine and Slaymaster, time runs out and the world is gone in a flash of light. The world however does not end. Following the flash of light, Reed restores about 2 billion of the world's population which he had stored safely away inside the amulet of his daughter Valeria. With Susan and Wolverine defeated, Reed and the survivors begin to rebuild their world. In the meantime, Psylocke recovers from wounds she suffered at the hands of Wolverine while the Blink and Spider-Man are deprogrammed.

 

 

Issue: 95

Title: Home, again!

Writer: Chris Claremont

Art: Clayton Henry

 

Summary:

The Exiles return to the Crystal Palace and find it abandoned. The team quickly learn that following their apparent death, Heather returned home. In all, the team has been gone 6 months. Blink and Morph travel to her dimension to let her know they are all alive. When they find her, she's pregnant. Back at the Crystal Palace, Sabretooth attempts to train Psylocke to defeat Slaymaster with little success. Miguel manages to restore the Palace systems and instantly it identifies a world in danger. Psylocke stays behind to fill Heather's post while the rest of the team travel to this new dimension. When they arrive, they meet this world's Fantastic Four led by Victor von Doom.

 

Issue: 96

Title: Home, again! - The Dream of Two Good Men

Writer: Chris Claremont

Art: Clayton Henry

 

Summary:

On Earth-187319 Blink tries to reason with the Mole Man (Reed Richards in this dimension). Reason fails and he and the She-Hulk attack her. The rest of the team join the fight. Sabretooth manages to apprehend She-Hulk. Unfortunately Reed escapes with Blink as his hostage. While the rest of the team are made welcome by Doom, Blink learns from Reed that Doom rules with a totalitarian hand. Back at the Crystal Palace, Psylocke awakens from what she though was a dream and discovers a visitor in the Palace.

 

Issue: 97

Title: Home, again! - The Dream of Two Good Men

Writer: Chris Claremont

Art: Steve Scott

 

Summary:

When Psylocke awakens from her sleep she discovers a version of Kitty Pryde appearing in the Crystal Palace. The scared girl hurts herself trying to phase through the walls. After introducing herself, Psylocke takes her to the infirmary to treat her injury. Back on Earth-187319 Sabretooth and Spider-Man begin to feel at home in this new dimension. While Miguel meets a woman and spends the night with her, Sabretooth is seduced by this world's Sue Storm. This gives Victor von Doom the opportunity to replicate the Tallus and send an assault team to investigate their base. Psylocke is over-powered by the assault team who continue their exploration of the Crystal Palace. Eventually as the team splits up, one of their number is taken by John Proudstar.  

 

Issue: 98

Title: Home, again! - The Doom of Two Good Men

Writer: Chris Claremont

Art: Ronan Cliquet de Oliveira

 

Summary:

Spider-Man and Sabretooth join the Four Fantastic and the Heroes of Doom as they launch an attack on Reed's underground base. Doom's teams consists of Sue Storm, Johnny Storm, Hulk, She-Hulk, and Gwen Stacy. When they arrive, Sabretooth and Spider-Man realize that something is wrong when Blink, Morph and Longshot have all sided with Reed. Unknown Doom's 'heroes' the attack is a diversion for Reed to face Doom alone. In Doom's control room Victor reveals to Reed that he plans to transit the planet Earth to the Crystal Palace's location so that he can spread is control to other dimensions. Reed foils his plans by simply destroying the planet. As the planet shudders and begins to fall apart, Spider-Man reaches out to stay with Gwen, who he has come to love, but she forces him to join his teammates and escape. Back at the Crystal Palace, Psylocke, Cat, and Thunderbird have taken back control of the Palace but are powerless to help the Exiles when the Earth explodes. The team is scattered across different dimensions.

 

 

Issue: 99

Title: Home, again! - Ends Beginning

Writer: Chris Claremont

Art: Clayton Henry

 

Summary:

Cat makes repairs in the Crystal Palace so that with Psylocke and Thunderbird they can begin the work of tracing the other members of the Exiles team. Sabretooth awakens alone and saves Raphael-Raven Darkholme. Elsewhere, Spider-Man awakens in the beach house of a beautiful woman who rescued him from the water where he almost drowned. After telling the woman his story, he wishes he had died. Miguel mourns the loss of Gwen Stacy, the woman he loved on the Earth that died. The red-headed woman reminds Miguel that she chose to save him. Wishing for his own death makes her sacrifice meaningless. Meanwhile, Morph saves a young Rogue from a dimension's version of the Avengers. Still elsewhere and elsewhen, Blink awakens in a isolated cabin. Looking through the photos decorating the home she sees images of herself and apparently her children. She is then transported back to the Crystal Palace and reunited with Psylocke. Together they gather up Morph and Sabretooth. When they arrive on Earth-6375 to retrieve Spider-Man however, they find he has settled down as the cook to his new girl friend's restaurant. The team chooses to leave him and move on.

 

Notes:

  • The issue incorrectly identifies the Earth they find Miguel on as his own Earth-6375. The handbook entry in Exiles: Days of Then and Now corrected this by stating he lives peacefully on Earth-22506.

Issue: 100

Title: Home is Where the Heart Is.

Writer: Chris Claremont

Art: Tom Grummett

 

Notes:

 

  • Panel appearance only

 

 

 

Issue: 1

Title: Days of Then and Now

Writer: Mike Raicht

Art: Various, cover art by Francis Tsai

 

Notes:

 

  • Cover appearance only

 

 

Comments:

When reading these issues its good to remember that Exiles is a team-book. So there is never a Spider-Man 2099 centric story. That said, the focus tends to favor the veterans of the series (Blink, Morph, Creed, and Heather). The result is that outside of World Tour, Spider-Man 2099's extensive run on the Exiles isn't anything to write home about. The issues written by Tony Bedard are the better ones. I wonder if he had remained on the book, would he eventually have expanded on the character?

 

If you look at Chris Claremont's run, he immediately introduces Psylocke and there is a shift in the focus of the book. Miguel's technical expertise is consistent throughout, but really his character isn't fleshed out by either writer. Claremont's two arcs Enemy of the Stars and Home Again are actually very similar. The fate of the Earth in both stories hinge upon the actions of Mr. Fantastic. Both feature Sue Storm prominently. Both end with a deus ex machina as it is unexplained how Reed rids Earth of Hydra in the former or how Reed blows up the planet in the latter. And in both Spider-Man 2099 is "brain-washed" (literally in the former, and in the latter he seems quite happy with Doom's rule). Claremont's send-off of the character isn't the best. Having him fall in love with Gwen Stacy and lose her seems an odd choice, one ill-befitting a character that stood apart from his predecessor. In fact her introduction seems thrown in. She is unnamed when she first appears. And really, why is she on the mission to take down Reed when she has no powers? The red-head he ultimately settles down with has been referred to as Mary-Jane on wikipedia. She's never named on panel. But neither was Gwen Stacy when she first appeared in Exiles #97. I will consider that speculation until otherwise stated in a Marvel Handbook. Ultimately Claremont's writing provides little to distinguish Miguel from Peter Parker, which is a shame because Miguel O' Hara isn't Peter Parker.

 

The bottom line is I think that Spider-Man 2099's time on the Exiles was a nice treat for 2099 fans, but it was not the big comeback that fans hoped for.

 

1/8/15 UPDATE:

This version of Miguel subsequently dies in Spider-Man 2099 [v2] #5 at the hand of Morlun. The issue clarifies that the red-head is indeed Mary Jane. However it continues to mistakenly identify the Earth where he settled down in as Earth-6375. It should have said Earth-22506.

 

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