Spider-Man 2099: Exodus has celebrated 30 years of the 2099 universe by revitalizing classic 2099 concepts as well as introducing new ones. In the upcoming Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #5, we meet new versions of 2099’s second-greatest heroes.
So far in the series, Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man of 2099, has been trying to protect the crash site of a celestial, an object of hope for the inhabitants of 2099’s dystopian future. In the concluding issue of Exodus, Steve Orlando is joined by artist Kim Jacinto to reimagine the X-Men 2099. There’s some familiar faces, and there’s some 2099-ified versions of classic X-Men. Together, they’re mutantkind’s last hope for the future.
Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #5 reveals that at the epicenter of the Celestial’s Garden is a mutant, somehow fallen from the stars. The nomadic X-Men fight to claim the Garden as their new home but will Spider-Man respect their claim? Or will he try to take the Garden for humans? And even if they can co-exist, what’ll Spider-Man and the X-Men do about the Cabal Sentinels breathing down their necks?
“From the comics to the toys, X-Men 2099 was nothing more than the coolest stuff for me when I was just dipping my toe into reading monthly comics, launching right as I switched over from reading whatever I could from flea market back issue bins, to finally having a comic store and following books month to month,” Orlando explained when asked about his love for 2099. “The world was desolate and engrossing, the team was both familiar and different — a ragtag chosen family of mutants just struggling to survive. So, to celebrate that for 2099’s 30th Anniversary is just kickass. To get to work with some of the first X-Men I ever met? Just kickass. And to add to that family, with faces both old and new? That’s like some cross temporal electricity jolting back to whatever part of my brain holds my childhood. It wouldn’t be 2099 without the X-Men, and here? We’ve got a team built to nod to the past but also dive headlong into the future!”
“It’s such a great honor to design these characters! My design choices are inspired by different artists like Greg Baldwin and Dave Guertin from CreaturBox, Sean Galloway, Segi Brosa just to name a few. Looking at their designs helped me to envision and create these X-Men 2099 characters,” Jacinto added. “This is a dream come true for me! I would like to thank my editors Mark Paniccia, Danny Khazem, and, one of the best writers out there, Steve Orlando! Such a great pleasure working with them! I am very thankful!”
Check out the variant covers for the issue as well as Jacinto’s design sheets for the new X-Men, and be sure to pick up Spider-Man 2099: Exodus #5 on August 3rd!