Alpha: Big Time #1

Alpha: Big Time #1

Writer: Joshua Hale Fialkov Artist: Nuno Plati Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 20, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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From the pages of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, get ready for the greatest hero who ever existed... EVER! Alpha was having an awesome time of it, till that buzz-kill Spider-Man made him quit being a hero. But that was then ... and this is NOW! The SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN becomes the new mentor of teenaged superhero Alpha in the 5 issue limited series ALPHA: BIG TIME. Join Marvel's newest hero as he navigates the treacherous world of NYC... and adolescence! Fans of SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN won't want to miss this series as Josh Fialkov & Nuno Plati (Amazing Spider-Man) reunite to tell the tale of a hero who's about to hit the BIG TIME!

  • 8.4
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Feb 20, 2013

    If there's going to be a point of contention for this book, it might as well be the art. Nuno Plati did a knockout job on his Amazing Spider-Man backup with FIalkov, and he delivers similar results here. His fluid and heavily stylized character designs might be too atypical for some, but I enjoyed his Gennedy Tartakovsky-esque drawings where everyone has a distinct visual look along with a pair of thick eyebrows. If you hated Alpha before -- and who didn't? -- then try this story out. You might be surprised that you come to like the little twerp. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Feb 20, 2013

    Fialkov's stories aren't ones you should take lightly. He's known for throwing major curveballs at readers. This issue sets up what comes next for the kid superhero that almost had it all. He may have made mistakes and is trying to avoid new ones. That doesn't mean he won't make more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Stuart Conover Feb 24, 2013

    It's the second new issue this week with a teenage character set to be the main hero. I'm not fully sold yet as I strongly disliked Alpha in his premiere in the pages of Spider-Man. I won't lie that I want to see what the consequences of what happen on the last 2 panels in this book are and also what Doc Ock (Grr I mean Spider-Man) has up his sleeves for the boy. I'm going to give this a tentative 4 stars with how much my interest has peaked but it's going to have to pull some amazing punches to keep me this interested for it as an ongoing series. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Crave Online - Andy Hunsaker Feb 22, 2013

    A good alpha issue for Alpha #1. This kid's a wiener. Fialkov's got his work cut out for him, making us like the guy enough to follow his story. So far, it's working. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Multiversity Comics - Brian Salvatore Feb 21, 2013

    And it is precisely the enthusiasm that makes this book work. While, to be fair, the much-discussed location of Pittsburgh was never utilized, the book feels like its carving out a little corner of the 616 for Alpha to play in, which is precisely what the character needed. There are a lot of supporting Spidey characters; for this character to succeed, Marvel needed to take him out of the shadow of the Spider, and place him somewhere he could take root. They did that and, with any luck, this is the start of Alpha's integration into the Marvel Universe as more than just a Spidey wannabe. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Feb 21, 2013

    Whether those consequences actually come to pass remains to be seen, but it's a bold image on which to end. Fialkov can't be accused to taking his time to get to the story, and it's the sort of cliffhanger that's going to bring readers back. It's not a perfect first issue -- it has a lot of exposition to slog through and some fairly perfunctory scenes of, "Let's give back Alpha his powers," not to mention that Fialkov seems to stumble a little over the voice of the Doctor Octopus Peter Parker. However, if teenage superheroics are what you enjoy, this is a good version of the classic setup starring a newly-sympathetic Alpha, and an enjoyable read overall. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Feb 20, 2013

    Unfortunately the scriptdoesn'tgive this much justice as it mostly continues to not find any real redeeming qualities about for Alpha and as someone that has been holding out hope for so long it comes as a real disappointment, hopefully by the end of this mini-series itll make a return in the future less frustrating to go through. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Crux - Cal Cleary May 10, 2013

    Alpha: Big Time #1 is hardly essential, but it is surprisingly fun. Fialkov and Plati work well together, and actually manage to make Andy seem relatable and human even when hes making the most horrific mistakes possible. The book sets up two major conflicts to play out over the course of the mini-series, and thankfully theyre both fairly compelling, while focusing on the difficult task of making us give a crap about Andy Maguire. They dont fundamentally change the character in any way the sense of entitlement is still there in full force but they make it work, and they make you want to read more. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - Brian Bannen Feb 25, 2013

    If Alpha: Big Time is going to make Andy Maguire into a hero, it needs to do so quickly. Maguire is not a likable character, and this introductory issues doesn't go far enough in making him into more than "not Peter Parker." My one hope is in the artistic team. Fialkov has proven his ability to write a strong story, and Plato has what it takes to make Alpha look good. Now, they need to get beyond the character shell and show readers that despite his initial run in Amazing Spider-Man, the character still has a lot to offer. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Den Of Geek! - Jarrett Kruse Feb 24, 2013

    While writer Joshua Hale Fialkov does his best to keep the pace going, Andy is not really someone to invest in. He comes off as just a whining teenager talking about how difficult his life is without powers. The cover art is done by Humberto Ramos but I have always been partial to his work on Crimson rather than any super-books. Nuno Plati's art looks sloppy. Overall, I have to give the whole Alpha experiment a definite pass. Maybe it will work in a few years when Andy grows into his powers but I'm not optimistic about such an unappealing hero. Read Full Review

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