Amazing Spider-Man #694

Amazing Spider-Man #694

Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Humberto Ramos Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 26, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 18
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Spider-Mans 50th Anniversary adventure ratchets up as an old foe returns! And an ALL-NEW character joins the Marvel Universe! WHO IS ALPHA?!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Sep 26, 2012

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Blue Raven Comics - Eric Scroggs Sep 27, 2012

    As mentioned at the beginning, Humberto Ramos' art continues to impress. His almost manga-like style, while unique, gives a very energetic look and feel to the material. Particularly, when it comes to depicting the impetuous nature of young Alpha. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Sep 27, 2012

    Dan Slott is great, first things first, Alpha has become a hell of a character after only a Month. And the little things that make this issue even cooler, like the "1 Month of Alpha" label in the corner, like it's a milestone that should be celebrated is awesome. This issue was great because Spidey had to stop Alpha, he was getting way to powerful, and the way he was stopped means he can always come back in the future, and he's a good enough character that he should be brought back somewhere down the line. I don't care much for May returning, she seems to get in the way a lot, but other than that I really enjoyed this issue. Seeing Jameson thank Spidey was surprising but awesome, and seeing how heart-broken Alpha was to lose his powers was great in reminding you that although he comes off as an ass, he was still just a kid. Now with the Hobgoblin storyline coming up as we get closer to issue 700, to say I'm excited is an understatement. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Zach Woolf Sep 29, 2012

    December is creeping closer and with it brings stupid snow, stupid cold, stupid wind, and the stupid 700th issue of Amazing Spider-Man. Why do I think that it's stupid? Because with that the series is stopping and that means we may no longer have new Spider-Man issues like this. Bringing in Alpha had me slightly worried, but it ended up being a fascinating story. After this I have little doubt that Slott will handle the conclusion of Spider-Man with class and a truly amazing story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 26, 2012

    Before we get into Amazing Spider-Man #694, I have to give major props to whoever chose the cover art. This cover hearkens back to one of my favorite comic book events ever. In 1976, DC and Marvel teamed up for the first time to bring us Superman Vs. The Amazing Spider-Man, which found the two heroes joining forces to try and stop the nefarious plot hatched by Lex Luthor and Doc Ock. I owned this comic; read it thousands of times until it literally fell apart. It was an awesome surprise to see artist Humberto Ramos’ homage to the book. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Sep 27, 2012

    A quick-fix, Saturday morning cartoon (and by that, I mean "Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends") solution to the world's problems sets everything right as Slott continues to stack up the building blocks for the big Hobgoblin escapade. The "Alpha" storyline is fairly light and positively charged, well-suited as a counterpoint to dark, depressing comics where characters are getting mangled and murdered. Slott has made "Amazing Spider-Man" an enjoyable read with astonishing consistency and stories like the one contained in "Amazing Spider-Man" #694 prove that comics can, and should, still be fun. Especially when you've got a guy dressed up in web-covered red and blue pajamas. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Scott West Sep 29, 2012

    Then again, Slott has pulled a few cool plot twists in the past so the shelving of Alpha may have just been a ruse and the kid could come back and cause even more havoc. I guess we'll find out next week when 'Amazing Spider-Man' #695 hits the comic book shelves. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Mike Sep 26, 2012

    I'm sure we'll see him again though, as Peter mentions he still retains a fraction of the power he possessed as Alpha. I hope he returns as a villain. He'd be pretty justified to be cheesed off at Spider-man and the Avengers at this point. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Population Go - Population Go Staff Oct 1, 2012

    So Alpha has left us, and whilst the character himself left a bad taste in my mouth, this issue was a satisfying conclusion to the storyline. There was probably a lot more that could have been done with him, but given how he played out across the three issues he starred in, I think it's for the best that he disappears for a while and comes back when he's developed some nice character traits rather than all of the bad ones. The arc, and this issue, had their good parts, which mostly outweighed the poor ones, but this is possibly the weakest arc of Dan Slott's Amazing Spider-Man so far. With Goblins on the horizon, I think it'll be a return to form next arc however. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Galactica - Girish Kumar Sep 27, 2012

    The issue was okay. The art was also good. Dan Slott has written the story nicely, but the story fell flat at some points. The way they got rid of the alpha powers was disappointing. I would have liked if there was a face off between Spider and Alpha or something like that. For a story focusing on Alpha, he doesn't spend much time in spotlight. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Flip Geeks - Mikael Francisco Sep 27, 2012

    All in all, this was a rather underwhelming conclusion to a much-hyped and promising story, and I guess we can just be glad that Slott and Ramos didn't drag it on further. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Sep 28, 2012

    The Alpha storyline had potential, and while Slott's ideas were seemingly grandiose and well-intended the play-out for everything falls short. Between the hand-wave wrap-up of the story, the seemingly out-of-place character work and the otherwise awkward artwork, ‘Alpha' ends up as a miss and the character is thrown out like yesterday's jam. But the silver lining is: it's Dan Slott. Dan Slott, the man who loves Spider-Man more than perhaps any writer of recent memory. A relatively lackluster three-issue story in an otherwise great run is absolutely no reason to be turned off to the book as a whole. Here's finger's crossed for the next set of issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Sep 28, 2012

    Things are picking up starting with next issue, as the Hobgoblin returns old school style! Can’t wait. Read Full Review

  • 5.4
    IGN - Joshua Yehl Sep 26, 2012

    At this point you either love how Humberto Ramos draws Spider-Man, Aunt May, and the Avengers or you don't. Count me as one of the former. An aspect I have enjoyed of all of editor Stephen "Beta" Wacker's books is how each title in his stable stays up to date with one another. When the new Captain Marvel entered the scene with the Avengers my heart soared at how Ramos did her so much justice. Unfortunately, that also underlines the issue that if Captain Marvel's arrival earns more excitement than anything to do with Alpha, then the story has some omega-level problems. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Oct 2, 2012

    Taking out all of the Alpha parts of this issue and storyline there was a lot to like. Unfortunately, for this issue and arc, Alpha was 80% of the story and it sunk with the failed ship that was Alpha. Now that this short filler-arc is over we can hopefully move forward to what has made Amazing Spider-Man a must buy comic for over a year. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    First Comics News - Matthew Szewczyk Sep 27, 2012

    While this was not a great storyline by an definition, it would have been nice to give readers a half-way decent ending to the four-parter for their time investment. As it stands, the best part of the story is the great cover tribute to the classic Superman/Spider-Man comic from the seventies. It is awesome. Everything else is just blah. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Dean Stell Oct 2, 2012

    Not very good. It's hard not to assume that Slott has bigger/better plans for the Alpha story just because weknowthat he is a better writer than this issue shows. However, even if this is a midpoint, it is a pretty flawed one. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Sep 27, 2012

    This can't be it... can it? Overpowered super-teen Alpha goes out with a whimper rather than a bang, making his story in Amazing Spider-Man feel like a failed experiment. Read Full Review

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