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Issue: 40

Title: Judas Goat

Writer: Peter David

Art: Andrew Wildman

 

Summary:

Upon heading Downtown, Spider-Man is attacked by the Goblin. Following an invitation from the Goblin, Kasey arrives on the scene with her friend Raff. After being struck in the head by one of the Goblin's blasts, Spider-Man begins to see dozens of Goblins surrounding him. Spider-Man begins to attack all the Goblins in his path hoping that eventually he will get the real one. Unfortunately that means he unknowingly attacks Raff. The Goblin uses his actions to prove that Spider-Man is a corporate stooge to Kasey and all the on-lookers. After Spider-Man finally defeats the Goblin, the hallucinations end, but he finds that Kasey and all of Downtown has turned against him in favor of the Goblin. Spider-Man returns upside  to find that it is raining torrentially. Suddenly EMPs begin to fall from the sky and he wonders what's happened to Doom. Elsewhere, the Vulture plots to get rid of the Goblin so that all of Downtown will be his.

 

 

 

 

Issue: 41

Title: Despair

Writer: Peter David

Art: Andrew Wildman

 

Summary:

Miguel visits the site of the White House looking for closure, he finds Tyler Stone's name plate. Meanwhile, Tyler Stone visits the lab where Kron is being held. He orders the scientists to kill his son, but they refuse on the grounds that Miguel is in charge. Later, Spider-Man patrols the city and finds a group of Thorites burning a Spiderite. After rescuing the Spiderite, the Thorites, led by the Vulture, begin to attack him. Public Eye flyboys arrive forcing Vulture and the Thorites to disperse. Spider-Man unmasks the Spiderite and to discover that its the Thorite [Kenny] he encountered the night be became Spider-Man. The man dies in his arms. Later, Tyler Stone visits Miguel at his apartment to inform him that he's taking back control of Alchemax. Meanwhile in Downtown, the Net Prophet visits and comforts Father Jennifer before she leaves for Dana's funeral. Later, at the funeral, she delivers the eulogy and then asks others to speak. When its Miguel's turn, he is unable to speak and leaves. At a nearby gravesite Miguel sees a woman with a Spider-Man mask. He concludes that she is the wife of the man who died in his arms earlier. She speaks of her husband Kenny and his belief that the man under the mask would bring about change. Afterwards, Tyler returns to his office expecting Miguel to move out. Miguel tells him that he's keeping the VP job. He plans to run Alchemax his way. Tyler attempts to intimidate Miguel into backing down by revealing that he is his real father. Unfortunately for Tyler, Miguel already knows and has him thrown out of his office.

 

Notes:

  • Kenny's life as Spiderite is chronicled in Spider-Man Annual #1.

  • Father Jennifer says that the Net Prophet has been to visit her at least 10 times before. At least one of these visits is in the Spider-Man 2099 Annual.

 

 

 

 

Issue: 42

Title: Earth

Writer: Peter David

Art: Andrew Wildman

 

Summary:

As department heads all fight for his attention, Miguel requests a new secretary. Meanwhile, the denizens of downtown begin to march uptown, led by a man named Boru. Miguel escapes his office to see Xina so that he can offer her a job. When he arrives, he learns from her android servant that she's left, possibly never to come back. Returning to the office, Miguel finds that his mother has taken the job of being his secretary. When he tries to convince her that she can't take the job, she confesses that she shot Tyler. Miguel leaves the office to get some air. From his balcony he sees the crowd gathering outside. Assuming his Spider-Man guise, he asks Boru what the march is about. Boru tells Spider-Man that they wish to speak with Miguel. The conversation quickly turns violent when Boru attacks Spider-Man. Realizing that fight is unproductive, Spider-Man flees to resume the conversation as Miguel. When he reaches Boru he finds that his mother has diffused the situation by giving him an appointment.

 

Notes:

  • April, Miguel's first replacement secretary, has an uncanny resemblance to May Parker.

 

 

Issue: 43

Title: Water

Writer: Peter David

Art: Andrew Wildman / Ron Lim

 

Summary:

At sea an undersea base explodes and rises to the surface. A sole survivor is surrounded by sharks and about to be devoured when Spider-Man rescues him by pulling him out of the ocean with a webline and onto a Alchemax transport. The survivor tells Spider-Man that his team was sent to discover what happened when Alchemax lost contact with New Atlantis. He explains that mutates, the genetically engineered undersea slaves, rebelled and took over the colony. Under the leadership of one of their own, Roman, the new Submariner, they plan to fight back anyone who tries to retake the colony. Spider-Man offers the opinion that Alchemax will use force. The survivor then reveals himself to be a human who has sided with the new Atlanteans and jumps out of the transport to report this news to Roman. Roman warns that he will teach the surfacers a lesson they will not forget. Meanwhile, Gabe visits Father Jennifer to tell her that he's been having visions of flood and fire. He thinks he is seeing the end of the world. Elsewhere, Miguel goes Downtown to finally meet with Boru. Their meeting is interrupted when Downtown become flooded by ocean waters and the city is invaded by Giganto. Miguel changes to his Spider-Man garb and goes after Namor who is ordering the creature to attack.

 

Notes:

  • First appearance of Roman, the Sub-Mariner of 2099.

  • New Atlantis was first seen in the pages of Ravage 2099 #5 - 7 where it was inhabited by lobster-like beings who wished to adapt themselves into air-breathers so they could conquer the surface world. This sect of New Atlanteans was led by Dragon-Klaw.

 

 

 

 

Issue: 44

Title: The Last Dance

Writer: Peter David

Art: Ron Lim

 

Summary:

Embroiled in a fight with Roman, Spider-Man quickly saves both of their lives by flipping out of the path of Giganto's foot. Separated from Roman, Spider-Man glimpses the horn which he used to summon the beast. Swinging onto the creature's back, Spider-Man blows the horn leading Giganto to return to the sea. As he leaves, the flooding recedes. Roman attempts to take back the horn, but Spider-Man defeats him by biting him in the neck and using his venom. Meanwhile, Tyler Stone visits his old office looking for Miguel. When he sees Conchata, he realizes she was the one who shot him. Elsewhere, Xina gets to know John Tensen (Net Prophet) whom she has picked up as a hitchhiker. At St. Patrick's Cathedral, Gabe makes his goodbye to Father Jennifer. He leaves her a trunk to look after. Father Jennifer opens the trunk and inside is the costume of the Goblin. At Alchemax, Miguel walks into his office to find his mother holding Tyler at gunpoint. Miguel tries to end the stand off by ordering her to call the lab to have Roman released, but he's too late, he receives word from security that Roman escaped. Guards chased him into the lab where the Venom symbiote was being held and the two bonded before he disappeared. Failing to talk down Conchata, Miguel uses a webline to take the gun away from her thus revealing that he is in fact Spider-Man. Tyler isn't surprised and says he has known since the beginning. Miguel fires the gun and it turns out that he was a hologram and never really in the room. He disappears apparently pleased at how ruthless Miguel has become. Conchata meanwhile is proud that Miguel is really Spider-Man. Miguel decides they both need the day off and walk away together to have dinner.

 

Notes:

  • Peter David's last issue as writer.

  • Net Prophet is revealed to be John Tensen from the New Universe

  • The Goblin's identity is revealed to be Gabe O' Hara. This is later retconned in 2099: Manifest Destiny which states that a shape-shifter impersonating Gabe was trying to frame him.

The Goblin Identity Crisis


Its become fairly common knowledge by now that Peter David's intention was not to have Gabriel O' Hara be the revealed to be the Goblin. Peter spoke to Newsarama setting the record straight on who he originally wrote as the Goblin:

 

Peter David: I was contacted by at least someone in editorial, who said, “We’re doing this thing to kind of wrap up the 2099 universe. Was there anything that was done that you hated in Spider-Man 2099 after your departure?” And I said, “The Goblin was never supposed to be Gabe, and I was furious that they killed off Conchata.” So the Goblin was revealed to be a shape-shifter or something like that who had impersonated Gabe, and Conchata was miraculously brought back to life. I was okay with that!


Newsarama: I read somewhere that the Goblin was supposed to be Jennifer...?


Peter David: Father Jennifer was supposed to be the Goblin, yes.

From Remembering Spider-Man 2099 part II on Newsarama.com.

 

Gabe made a good a red-herring, his comments to Kasey in #36, "Maybe you'd like to see what I'd be like if I really did get made over into something I'm not," certainly imply it. However looking back at the issues, its clear that Father Jennifer was always meant to be the Goblin. Early clues include the religious tone in the Goblin's way of speaking. He says that Spider-Man must be "forced to confess" and that he can never be "genuinely penitent" in # 40. Net Prophet asking for the curiously absent Father Jennifer in the same issue was another clue. Father Jennifer's bruised face in #41 following the Goblin and Spider-Man's fight was another clue given to readers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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