Oh c’mon! Everybody enjoys a good pun, and you know you felt a thrill of wordplay-based excitement race down your spine as you read that title. Frankly, I don’t know why we aren’t all punching the air right now in glee.
Dan Slott, who nowadays lives mainly in Spider-Editor Steve Wacker’s dungeon and is only allowed to see natural light once every three months, has been hinting for a while that issue #700 of Amazing Spider-Man will see a momentus moment happen, and so has now started to build up momentum for his momentus moment, as you’ll learn momentarily. After the current battle with lizard which connects over to the release of the Amazing Spider-Man movie, Marvel have revealed that Slott’s next arc on the title will be ‘Alpha’.
In this story, Peter Parker – who is nowadays a scientist, specialising in cycle helmets and inadvertent weaponry – will give a tour to a group of young high-schoolers, who are excited to see his lab. But oh no! Due to the ever-dangerous nature of science, something will go wrong and a young boy called Andy MacGuire will be zapped by SCIENCE RAYS. These rays will give him great power, much like science gave to Peter all those years ago. Were we ever so young?
…Knowing that with great power comes something or other, Peter will take the young Mac under his, uh, web-wings, and try to teach him how to become a responsible superhero in his own right. Titling himself Alpha, Andy will apparently become Spider-Man’s sidekick, for better or worse.
Drawn by Humberto Ramos, this arc will see everything go really smoothly. Or! Andy will prove a liability. One of the two. At any rate, things are certainly escalating as we head towards issue #700…