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Secret Wars 2099 #3: Review

Jul 2015
Peter David, Will Sliney

Story Name:

(no title given)

Review & Comments

Rating:
4 stars

Secret Wars 2099 #3 Review by (July 12, 2015)
Sub-Mariner 2099 has appeared before in Spider-Man 2099 #43-44. Valkyrie 2099 is a new character but is probably, like Hercules and Silver Surfer, the current Brunnhilde still alive. Both of course are analogues of frequent members of the Earth-616 Defenders. Miguel Stone is this alternate 2099's version of Miguel O'Hara. His paralysing venom bite is the 1st indication that he may also have Spider-Man 2099's powers.




 

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Secret Wars 2099 #3 Synopsis by Rob Johnson
The 2099 version of the Avengers (Black Widow, Captain America, Hawkeye, Hercules and Iron Man - but not the ones you're familiar with, except Herc) have clashed with Defenders 2099 (a female (Dr) Strange, Hulk 2099 and the Silver Surfer) over a bad guy Martin Hargood. We don't know why the Defenders want him, but he's connected with an attack on Cap's secret id Roberta Mendez.

While the teams face off Hargood makes his escape, but he runs into 2 more superheroes. He defends himself with blasts from his hands, and the sound alerts his would-be captors. They find that Hargood has been captured by 2 more of the Defenders, Roman the Sub-Mariner and Valkyrie.

Hercules immediately makes a play for Valkyrie, as 1 divine immortal to another, which annoys Roman who consider her his woman. They fight over her, which annoys Brunnhilde because she doesn't consider herself anybody's prize. Silver Surfer separates the combatants. Hulk punches an off-guard Hercules in the side of the head (somebody's been watching the 1st Avengers movie).

Strange says the Defenders are after Hargood because he's involved in a dangerous magic scheme. Cap insists that the Avengers take him in for questioning about her attempted assassination. She invites the Defenders back to Alchemax, and promises they won't be arrested. But Iron Man intends to keep a wary eye on them - Vision 2099 warned him they were dangerous in #1.

Miguel Stone, head of Alchemax, has Hargood interrogated while Strange watches. He stands up well to torture and won't say why someone tried to kill Roberta. But he tells them he is the grandson of Baron Mordo, the original Dr Strange's arch-enemy. And then he dies. But Stone orders him brought back to life, to be 'interrogated' again. This time he says he doesn't know who gave him the kill order, but mutters about the coming of 'the Dweller'.

The rest of the Defenders chill out with Hawkeye and Hercules. Herc and Roman renew their rivalry over Valkyrie. Hawkeye suggests a drinking contest. When Cap and Strange join them the 2 are far gone.

Cap takes the sober ones Hulk, Silver Surfer, Strange and Valkyrie with Hawkeye to a meeting with Miguel and Iron Man. Stone offers the Defenders a job with Alchemax. Strange politely declines - they operate in Downtown while the Avengers concentrate in well-off Uptown. Stone reminds them that all superheroes must legally work for Alchemax - if not they're supervillans.

The Defenders try to leave but are stopped by guards. Iron Man fires a device which disables Surfer's connection to his cosmic power. Strange opens a portal and takes Valkyrie with her. But Hulk is stopped when Miguel Stone bites his neck - his fangs inject a powerful paralytic venom.



Will Sliney
Will Sliney
Antonio Fabela
Dave Rapoza (Cover Penciler)
Dave Rapoza (Cover Inker)
Dave Rapoza (Cover Colorist)


Characters

Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Doctor Strange
Doctor Strange

(Stephen Strange)
Hawkeye
Hawkeye

(Clint Barton)
Iron Man
Iron Man

(Tony Stark)
Silver Surfer
Silver Surfer

(Norrin Radd)

Plus: Hildegarde (Hildegarde).

> Secret Wars 2099: Book info and issue index

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