Rick Rolled

They got me. Funny joke, Marvel. I picked up Spider-Man 2099, a really poorly-conceived Elseworlds-style series that answered the question no one was asking, “What if Spider-Man was set in 2099?” And I picked it up because I love Spider-Man and I love Rick Leonardi. I was Rick rolled. Because this thing was near unreadable. On its own merits it might have been “ok”, but with the name Spider-Man attached, how could it ever hope to measure up? Everyone reading it is thinking, “ok, cool, I guess. But I want to read the REAL Spider-Man doing shit I can relate to on some level. Not this guy driving a hovercar.”

Still, look at the Leonardi art on this signed first issue. It’s so strong it makes you want to pick it up even now. Even knowing it’s near-unreadable, you want to touch it. That’s the power of Leonardi.

And check this one out just because I’m a freak for production art and maybe you are too.


  1. Posted June 7, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I could have sworn the first issue I have is different. Metallic comes to mind.

  2. karl
    Posted June 8, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    that cover is foil red, looks kinda metallic when the light hits it, also it is awesome and one of the more acclaimed runs of the 90s.

  3. Harby
    Posted June 16, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    I was a sucker and fell for all the 2099 titles. I do have Ravage 2099 that I got signed by Stan Lee so that’s kinda cool I guess…..

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