Written: Dan Slott
Pencils: Humberto Ramos
Inks: Victor Olazaba
Letters: VC's Chris Eliopulos
"Spider-Man for a Night"
Story and Art: Dean Haspiel
Colors: Giulia Brusco
Letters: VC's Chris Eliopoulos
Written: Joshua Hale Fialkov
Art: Nuno Plati
Letters: VC's Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics (Dan Buckley)
Release Date: August 22nd, 2012
50th Anniversary Special
OVER-SIZED SPIDER-MAN!!!!! Okay, I got that out of my system... This was yet another added issue for this month to celebrate Spidey. As you can see from my list above, there were three stories crammed into this comic. The first of which, "Point of Origin", introduces us to the character Marvel has been teasing for a short while now, Alpha. Alpha is a young kid named Andy MaGuire who just happens to go to Midtown High (the same school Peter Parker went to). Andy is not like Peter in that he is not super smart and his parents are not supportive at all unlike Pete's Aunt May.
Andy is lucky enough to get a chance to see Peter reveal his new invention at Horizon Laboratory, "Parker Particles". He wanted to show his invention to the press as well as the high school he graduated from to show the kids that no matter where you come from, you can be successful. Of course Peter's presentation goes badly, "Parker Particles" fly everywhere and Andy gets hit by them turning him into Alpha. They call him Alpha because he is considered to be an Alpha level threat to the universe.
Much like how the Ultimates treated Peter in the Ultimate Universe, the Avengers and Reed Richards decide to put Andy in a "side-kick program" to teach him how to control his powers and do the greater good with his growing strength. This of course falls on Peter's lap because it is ultimately his fault.
Surprisingly, I really enjoyed this story. Even though it wasn't super original and Andy comes across as a douche for the most part after he gets his powers, I like it. I know this is the story that is leading into the main storyline rather than the shorts that followed it, so I know I have to get used to Andy. Oh did I mention the Jackal showed up? Yeah...be ready for that...
As for the rest of the stories, they were just little shorts that either showed what it meant to be a hero or the day-to-day life of Spider-Man. They were fun to read but nothing amazingly great. This issue, however, did a nice job showing how much Spider-Man has grown over the past 50 years and that there will be more than likely plenty of Spidey to go around for years to come. I give this issue a 9/10 purely based on how many times I smiled and that I am finally seeing the direction Amazing Spider-Man is headed.