The GeeksverseAmazing Spider-Man #692

Amazing Spider-Man #692
Published on Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by

Spidey’s 50th anniversary is oversized and introduces a sidekick?

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Dan Slott
Penciled by: Humberto Ramos
Inked by: Victor Olazaba
Colored by: Edgar Delgado
Lettered by: VC's Chris Eliopoulos
Cover by: A- Ramos w/ Delgago; B- Marcos Martin
Assistant Editor: Ellie Pyle
Editor: Stephen Wacker

Alpha was teased and revealed months ago so we knew this was coming. The preview showed the first couple pages, introducing Andy Maguire and how he becomes Alpha. Now we get to see the rest of the story.

And I have mixed feelings about it.

Starting off, the introduction of Andy is one of the first times that I could really relate to a fictional character. What Andy was in high school? That was me. I was just kind of there. So I felt I could relate to him.

Slott goes out of his way to showcase the differences between Peter and Andy. So really the story ends up not being Peter guiding himself, but Peter trying to shape someone into himself. That Andy is a known identity is interesting and it will really help explore the changes in him because of his celebrity status. But Andy himself is kind of a jerk. In some ways it’s understandable. He goes from being a no-body to being somebody overnight. I think a mistake was made in not getting inside Andy’s head. Without seeing what he’s thinking he comes across as superficial and the transformation isn’t as smooth as it could be.

I can also see Alpha as being a one-story pony. There are rumors that Slott will be leaving ASM soon (which I hope are untrue because he’s been the only Spider-Man writer I’ve really liked) and if that’s true I think it’s a shame. I don’t like when a writer introduces a status quo event and then ups and leaves. They need to stay and follow it through. Which means Slott needs to be on this book for a long time.

Also, with Alpha’s status as being the only Alpha-level threat in the MU, this is a character that should be showing up everywhere and interacting with everyone else. He shouldn’t be confined to just Spider-Man’s book. I also have a feeling that Alpha can, and probably will be, easily forgotten. He’ll get done in a storyline and fade away.

I just don’t see staying power in this character.

The story itself is good. Classic Slott Spider-Man. There’s some nice moments (and by nice I mean, well written) with Andy’s parents that really highlight what bad parents they are. I also don’t buy Andy and Chrissy. How I can relate to Andy comes into play here. If I was ignored by a girl, who couldn’t even get my name right when I saved her life, and all of a sudden since I’m famous she’s all over me? That girl wouldn’t get the time of day from me.

There’s potential here, but I don’t see it reaching fruition.

Ramos is off and on for me lately. Sometimes he’s really on and the work is great. Sometimes he’s off and I don’t like it. This was an off issue. The characters are too sharp and looked drawn out, pulled to points. Caselli is my favorite ASM artist.

Amazing Spider-Man #682 receives:
3.5 out of 5

4 Responses
    • Hasn’t Marvel spent the last decade trying to make Spider-Man more like he used to be? Now they’re throwing all that out to make him something different? Something older? They didn’t need to dissolve the marriage, ressurect Aunt May and erase the baby to bring us to this point.

      • I’m glad Spider-Girl is available in trade to see how the erased baby turned out. Peter made a good reluctant sometimes mentor to his own daughter. That was a story that had the ability to work. It did work. Although that had the advantage of a distinctly new and yet familiar secondary creation to make it viable.

        • Begs the question, why not bring Mayday into the 616 instead of creating a new character?

          • Beg it does. She has more potential to carry a cartoon than most newbie characters because of her particular background and baggage. If the big two are turning comics into profitable IPs by using other medias then she is the best choice. Beg it does.

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