Amazing Spider-Man #693 Review

The odyssey of Alpha continues, but should Spidey fans even attempt to care?  Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

• Spider-Man’s 50th Anniversary adventure ratchets up as an old foe returns!

• And an ALL-NEW character joins the Marvel Universe!

• WHO IS ALPHA?!

The introduction of Spidey’s sidekick continues, as tensions rise and story threads lead to a rather bleak conclusion that may either doom or save this story arc.  Peter Parker has done a lot of things in his career, ranging from heroic acts to some occasionally questionable decisions but he has never wavered from his core sense of responsibility.  But unlike Alpha he had moral examples to follow from teachers that to this day continue to shape his decision making, but now he’s considering doing something that may contradict their valued lessons.

Dan Slott pens a script that’s thick but functional.  It moves his play forward as Spider-Man strives to find a way to work with his potentially undeserving sidekick.  The simplicity of the actions and themes in this brief saga emancipate an easily accessible tale that offers a strong reflection on the storied career of this superhero.  This arc is not just about Alpha, but rather the legacy of Peter Parker.  The only bumps in the proverbial narrative road, come from some very unnecessary and somewhat corny dialogue that deflates several key moments by lowering the quality of the otherwise strong characterizations therein.

Humberto Ramos once again handles the artistic reigns in stylized fashion.  His deformed but dynamic characters work well with this script, as this issue allows him to really display his skill with both slow and action oriented scenes.  I understand his art can be a little bit too wonky for some readers, but once again I find myself wishing he had more opportunities to strut his very engaging stuff.

Amazing Spider-Man #693 is a good looking issue that suffers from some minor dialogue missteps.  Overall the team and this simplistic arc more than earn a very solid recommendation.

4/5

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