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Alpha: Big Time #2 - Big Time Part Two Review

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Alpha got his powers back last issue. He might've killed someone accidentally. In other words, uh oh...

The Good

Let's get this out of the way. When Alpha first appeared, no one liked him. I think that's pretty safe to say. NO ONE liked him. He was an annoying kid with way too much power. He was forced upon Spider-Man as his possible sidekick but he refused to listen to anything he had to say. His tenure was cut short when his powers were removed.

Someone at Marvel decided to give Alpha his own comic. It was an odd decision but of course having Joshua Hale Fialkov as the writer was intriguing. And now Fialkov is doing something pretty spectacular. He's making us actually like Alpha a little bit.

In the first issue, Peter Parker, who we know is under the influence of Doc Ock, decided to give Andy some of his powers back. His first night out, he came across a mugger and his attempt to stop him didn't go quite the way he planned. That's what makes this book interesting.

Fialkov has the Herculean task of trying to make this seemingly unlikable character the opposite. And he's succeeding. We can now actually start to feel sorry for him. Seeing a young hero make big mistakes is a different take on the teen hero story. There is a big sense of the unknown as we have no idea what might happen next.

The Bad

The art continues to be a mixed bag. It does still take a little getting used to. It's definitely a unique style and further separates the character from what we saw before. There are also some moments the backgrounds feel a little sterile. A tiny bit more detail rather than plan walls could be used to mix up the scenes. One scene with Andy in a diner has a background full of parallel and perpendicular lines. There should be a little more variation.

As we see Andy adapt to his new situation, you have to wonder who or what his nemesis will be here. In some ways it's like he's fighting himself in trying to control his ability. In other ways, there's the possibility that 'Spider-Man' may have ulterior motives. But there is a nice twist at the end.

The Verdict

Joshua Hale Fialkov continues to make an unlikable character interesting. Alpha is becoming an interesting character as we see how he continues to grow and each situation he ends up in. It's a little hard to say what will happen next for Alpha. Part of the charm in this title is the fact that he doesn't fully know what he's doing and is capable of making huge mistakes. The art shines at times but others it takes a little while to get used to. We get an interesting twist at the end that continues to add to the suspense Fialkov is creating. I never thought I'd want to read more ALPHA but it's all Fialkov's fault for making him interesting.

12 Comments
Posted by Dark_Guyver

I see this comic still can't stand on it's own. I wonder how many people are buying it just because spiderman has been on all the covers.

Posted by Brownghost

@Dark_Guyver: Why don't you try the comics before criticizing.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

art is not so good in this book

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Posted by skyjumpermike

I like that the firefighter mistook him for Speedball of the New Warriors. He was one of my favorite characters until they ruined him:-)

Posted by Strabo

Tony describing the book as "interesting" no less than five times in the review tells me that he - like me - doesn't know what to make of it (yet).

Posted by LemmyCaution

OK, yeah. We get it. He wasn't supposed to be likable and then over the course of his story he becomes redeemed.

BUT that's not happening! We're still stuck in his moping attitude and he's still ridiculously overpowered.

WORSE, now he's whining! And of course, the punk girl is an outsider too and is now is friend! How unexpected!

No surprises. Ugly art. Juvenile writing. Four stars?

>shaking head<

Tony! Toni! Toné!

Posted by Ms. Omega

Alpha is starting to grow on me a bit but the art is what's killing it for me.

Posted by Jacobin_Wisdom

I like the art.

Posted by Mixpuft

*urg* I really dont like Alpha and by giving him his powers back are "meh" to me. couldnt really care for this character and i think he have too much power :/

Posted by Teerack

In the first panel of page five you can see Joshua Hale Fialkov.

Posted by Ferro Vida

This is a very good review. Kudos.

Posted by apg103

has great potential