Spider-Man 2099 (Vol. 1) #24

 Posted: 2003
 Staff: Mike Fichera (E-Mail)


Kasey Nash has been kidnapped and transformed by Stark-Fujikawa into a armor- clad cybernetic warrior.

(Note: There was no Young Miguel O'Hara story in this issue.)

Story 'Assault and Batteries'

  Spider-Man 2099 (Vol. 1) #24
Summary: Kasey as Payback, Risque, Gabriel Beaten
Editor: Joey Cavalieri
Writer: Peter David
Pencils: Rick Leonardi
Inker: Al Williamson

We've known her as Kasey Nash, wild rebellious girlfriend of Spider-Man 2099's brother, Gabriel. Now, she goes by the name "Payback", technologically transformed into a living weapon and merged cybernetically with an incredible suit of armor courtesy of Stark-Fujikawa. Flying through the air, Payback aims herself like a missile heading for Alchemax for revenge.

While Xina continues to help her ex-boyfriend, Miguel, Gabri knocks frantically on the door seeking help from his super-powered brother finding Kasey. While they talk, Payback zooms by. Gabri explains that she'll listen to him...she's in love with Spider-Man!

Soon, some Flyboys try to shoot Payback out of the skies. Using her "bug zappers", she shoots electrically charged cables into the hoversleds. The cops parachute away, leaving Payback unable to disconnect herself from the falling sleds. Spider-Man comes to the rescue, severing the cables with his talons. Reaching safety, Spidey tried to talk some sense into Kasey. She recognizes the voice and mistakes him for Gabriel. Suddenly, Risque appears and shoots Payback down with a finger-gun. Spidey leaps to rescue a plummeting Payback, while a punning Risque takes some easy shots at a distracted Spider-Man. Payback crashes to the ground, while Risque lands a shot on Spider-Man's leg. Some Flyboys arrest Payback, as Gabriel pulls a gun trying to defend his girlfriend. Tyler Stone enters the scene, and instructs his soldiers not to arrest Gabriel. They understand, and proceed to kick and batter Gabriel.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man and Risque tangle in the skies. As Risque thrusts away from Spidey, her jacket is pulled off and her true body is revealed - she's more robot that human. Risque pins Spidey to the ground and forces a kiss. Spidey bites her, poisoning her with the venom in his fangs. With a final punch, Risque is knocked down for the count.

Spidey tries to attend to his beaten brother when another old friend enters the scene - Venture, pointing a gun, asking for a chat about his sister!

General Comments

I wasn't too thrilled with the introduction of another cyborg hunter chasing after Spider-Man in the skies of 2099. However, this turned out to be a fun issue. Spider-Man's understandable groan hearing Payback lecture on "power and responsibility" was a riot. Xina has lots of potential for shaking things up. At 24 issues, I really didn't have the sense that Miguel was really all that interested in being engaged to Dana! Having Gabriel know Miguel's secret has gone in an unexpected direction - not only does he accept it, he's bugging his older brother to put the suit on and help him out!

Overall Rating

Not a bad story - pacing was good, nice cover, good use of Spidey's venom (just when you're thinking she's mostly robot, it's her human aspect that proves her downfall). Didn't miss "Young Miguel O'Hara" at all.

 Posted: 2003
 Staff: Mike Fichera (E-Mail)