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The Amazing Spider-Man #694 - Alpha, Part 3: Final Grade Review

5

Spider-Man still has to deal with the extremely powerful Alpha. To make things worse, Alpha's becoming even more powerful.

The Good

Spider-Man with a sidekick is an odd notion. Unfortunately, trying to train Alpha isn't going too well for Spider-Man. Because Alpha gained his powers when one of Peter Parker's experiments was sabotaged, it's up to Spidey to take the responsibility to teach him how to be a hero. The problem is, with all the power Alpha possesses and the fact that he's a stubborn teen, trying to keep control over him isn't going to be easy.

The power and success of Alpha's new fame has gone to his head. When a huge threat arrives on Earth, having Alpha involved to try to stop it might not be the best idea.

We're seeing something that rarely is shown in the Marvel Universe. Whenever an individual gains superpowers, they either immediately become a hero or a villain. It's a hard lesson that Spider-Man and Alpha have to go through. It's a great look at the advantages and dangers of having extreme power and a lack of responsibility. There will be repercussions and changes after this issue.

I absolutely love the cover homage.

The Bad

I'm a fan of Humberto Ramos but there was a couple times some of the characters' torsos were a little stretched, in particular Iron Man and Spider-Man.

I had to resist jumping out of my chair and cheering when I saw the last page. Didn't want to make a scene in the office.

The Verdict

I was unsure of the idea of Spider-Man having a sidekick but should have known better than to doubt Dan Slott. The story of Alpha and the abuse of his powers gave us a different look at superheroes in the Marvel Universe. There are some repercussions we'll be seeing and the way the events play out makes this story better than I could have imagined. The final page brought a huge smile to my face as well. Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos deliver a crazy fun issue. There is plenty of action and guest stars. We're seeing changes in Spider-Man's life and there definitely is a dark cloud on the horizon.

26 Comments
Posted by Deranged Midget

Excellent review but I feel as if the Alpha mini-arc felt a little forced at the end.

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Posted by G-Man

@Deranged Midget: Yeah. I debated throwing that in. Thought it might be a bit of a spoiler. But the story's not over yet.

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Posted by theTimeStreamer

awww. i really hoped the punk would get snot beaten out of him. i really hate marvel's way of introducing new characters: new character, everybody glorifies him, he's the bomb, everybody is an idiot, props only on potential, 1 month later who?

Posted by evensteve11

great review. this issue was awesome. especially at the end...can't wait for #695.

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

Oh Jingle bells Alpha is dead, Spiderman won again.

Posted by Deranged Midget

@G-Man: True true, awesome review regardless!

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Posted by exithuman

So let me get this straight. Forcing a flat and dull character like Alpha upon the reader generates a 5 star review? I guess I demand more from my superhero origin stories.

Posted by sora_thekey

@G-Man: I totally thought of you when I read that last page... Hehe.

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Posted by Jawshco

Seeing Terminus in this issue after seeing the DC Terminus not long ago in Batman Robin #12 was a little odd. Those two villains even look alike. But I feel you G-Man! I was also excited by the ending of this issue.

Posted by Arevish

Totally love the cover

Posted by spinningwebs

The cover's reference was the first thing I recognized and loved it. The ending had me react a similar away, though I like how they left it. Felt a little short for such a major arch though.

Posted by slvr4surfer

Yup I felt they made a big deal out of Alpha for "nothing" but I still can't wait to see what he'll become!

I love the cover.

Posted by Vermoot

I feel sorry to ask, but... what is the cover referencing to ?

Posted by Billy Batson

@Vermoot said:

I feel sorry to ask, but... what is the cover referencing to ?

BB

Posted by laflux

@Billy Batson said:

@Vermoot said:

I feel sorry to ask, but... what is the cover referencing to ?

BB

probably

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Posted by muxnio

Dan Slott ranks rather low on my list of Spider-Man writers.

Posted by Teerack

Was there any point to the alpha story line at all?

Posted by Owie

Thank god that's over.  Looking forward to Hobby.
 
I've been a big Ramos fan in the past, but I feel like he's pushing his stylization a bit too far for my taste these days.

Posted by MrArrogant

Feel a bit disappointed by the ending (the alpha ending not the last page reveal); I kinda expected it would happen but it just seemed very rushed. I hope the next arc is an improvement, this just felt like a publicity stunt with the whole "spider-man sidekick" thing, but hopefully it'll tie into something in the future. Looking forward to goblin war and REALLY excited for dying wish.

Posted by riiiiiiiight

I dug the issue. Glad alpha was finally put in check.

Posted by InnerVenom123

I like how it ended. Could be interesting to see Alpha come back as something better.

Posted by thecomicscove

I dunno. For my money, this arc doesn't feel like it's over (and if it truly is, then I'll be disappointed). There's more where Andy's concerned, and I think it'll play out fairly soon. Just my opinion though.

Posted by Kyle_Dornez

It looked like manual "Creating your nemesis 101"...

Posted by Teerack

So did Marvel really just introduce Alpha and see what people thought and was like "hmmmm no one like's this new douche bag character? Well it was a good try. Lets get rid of him!."

I was expecting so much more considering how close we are to Spider-Man 700, but what ever.

Posted by carnivalofsins00

If you wanted to cheer at the last page, why is that listed under the "Bad" section?

Posted by feargalr

It was a good issue, and a good arc, but remember when Marvel released this news story, I have to say I was expecting something more than 3 issues :/ Can't help but feel disappointed