THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692
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Art by Humberto Ramos, Victor Olazaba, Dean Haspiel, & Nuno Plati
Colors by Edgar Delgado
Cover by Humberto Ramos, Edgar Delgado, & Marcos Martin
Size: 0 pages
I dropped Amazing Spiderman a few months back and was waiting for a good time to hop back on. The word on the previous Lizard story didn’t wow me so I stayed away. But I was excited for this new arc and the idea of Spidey getting a sidekick.
Slott does a good job getting Peter Parker’s voice right here. His interactions with the scientific cohort of the Marvel U is great, as is his stuff with Mary-Jane and Aunt May. I like that Slott seems to be getting us used to the prospect of Peter and Mary-Jane getting back together. This is a great idea, we need to retcon the retcon. If Spiderman is old enough to have a teen sidekick, then he’s old enough to have an adult relationship.
The Alpha storyline moves FAST. A little too fast. One minute the kid is struck in an accident, the next he’s Spiderman’s sidekick and taking down threats to NYC. I like the idea, but the character is really annoying. Maybe that was purposeful to highlight his youth and inexperience, but he grates a bit. Also, would some diversity have killed Marvel here? Spidey’s new sidekick is a middle-class teen-aged white kid with blue eyes and blond hair. We’re coming off the awesome stuff in Spidermen and Miles Morales and Slott’s New York demography looks like North Dakota.
The back ups were good, but nothing to write home about. Typical Spiderman is a great guy short stories.
Overall this is a good read but tough to validate 6 bucks for for non-Spiderman lovers. I’m excited to see where this story arc goes, especially with issue 700 looming. But its on a short leash.
Art: 4 - Very Good