I actually really enjoyed the first issue of this new series and found that the worst part of the entire book was the cover by Simone Bianchi.
It's cool that Miguel is going to be able to continue using Lyla even though he is stranded in the past. It's nice that he has something familiar to fall back on while he is completely cut off from his normal supporting cast. As far as his new supporting cast is concerned, I am really intrigued by this Agent of T.O.T.E.M. character and I hope/know that we haven't seen the last of him. The fact that he weighs an individual's importance to history is a cool wrinkle, especially with all the other time travel related plot threads dangling across the Marvel Universe.
Liz Allan's continued involvement is also interesting, particularly now that we know something that happens between her and Miguel is going to be significant to history, but I really hope that Miguel is able to find some way out of Liz discovering his identity. I understand that we live in an age where somebody is theoretically always "watching" but I don't like the idea that anybody would be able to discover somebody's secret identity so easily.
Schlemmer wrote:I never read the end of the Exiles line; does this first issue mention anything about Miggy's Exile exploits?
I couldn't give you specific issues to reference (it may have been referenced in one of the Official Handbooks) but at some point in time it was explained that the Miguel O'Hara from Exiles, while classified Spider-Man 2099, wasn't the actual Spider-Man 2099 from the previous series. Just another alternate universe version.