2099 Alpha #1
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Viktor Bogdanovic
Colors by Marte Gracia
Letters by Joe Caramagna
The Rundown: The future is ruled by Doom, but the shadows of the past threaten to erase everything he’s built.
It’s the year 2099 and the future is ruled by Dr. Doom. Humanity is broken into different warring factions while businesses thrive and war with each other in other ways. A group of officers tries to maintain order against a murderous god of thunder. A rider on an endless highway takes advantage of the situation for his own ends and a scientist for Alchemax has a new serum from a creature named spiderman.
At the same time, Doom watches the world he controls and seeks answers from the only being he knows can see everything, Uatu the Watcher.
The Story: Going into this issue, I didn’t know what to expect and was pleasantly comforted by that notion. There are some story beats that feel a little too closely related to others, but the overall story is solid and a great first issue for Nick Spencer. I like the way Uatu is used in this issue as well as the dynamic between he and Doom. There is something beyond the surface with the pair of them and it is entertaining and engaging to see them interact together. As the precursor to a bigger story, this issue does make me curious to see how this world grows and evolves, but I am wary of diving into another event comic and it’s going to take a lot to keep me interested enough to keep following these stories.
Nick Spencer is off to a good start though.
The Art: Viktor Bogdanovic is one of my favorite artists and to see his work in this story is one of the main reasons I picked it up and decided to give it a read. Bogdanovic’s style and the way he crafts both a scene and how those characters interact with it is brilliant. I couldn’t be more impressed with how this dark future looks visually and the way the art utilizes great expressive faces on the characters is an added bonus.