A teen sidekick?
A new cinematic Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) scored on the big screen and rebooted the Spider-Man movie franchise. This week get ready for a huge change in Spidey’s flagship comic book. Spidey is getting a sidekick in this week’s 50th Anniversary issue -Amazing Spider-Man #692.
Writer Dan Slott and Artist Humberto Ramos give Peter Parker a new partner. Slacker teen Andy McGuire becomes “Alpha” when he’s in the wrong place at the wrong time…in a lab with Peter Parker.
Spider-Man is an Avenger, part of the Future Foundation and has co-starred in his own team-up book but he’s never had a teen sidekick. Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso revealed to Fox why this is the time for a partner?
”Part of it is that Spider-Man is grown up,” said Alonso, “He’s older, more seasoned, but young at heart. He’s still a young man, but he’s been around. It’s interesting because it flips the paradigm. Teen hero Spider-Man is now responsible for this teen hero sidekick. He’s responsible because one of his inventions caused this kid to get his powers. He’s directly responsible for the responsibility this kid now has with his new powers. He feels he has a responsibility to make sure this kid walks the right path, which won’t prove easy.”
Amazing Spider-Man scribe Dan Slott says don’t expect this team to be exactly like DC’s dynamic duo.
“If you put Spider-Man and Batman in the same situation, you’re going to have way more fun with Spider-Man,” said Dan Slott. “With Batman, he never really screws up the way Spider-Man does; he always seems to make the right decision. But with Spider-Man, he always screws up. He’s us as a superhero. Batman is a paragon of what we’d like to be, but in reality, we’re more like Spider-Man. He makes all the mistakes we make.”
It’s easy to compare Andy/Alpha to Batman’s Robin but will be more like Dick Grayson, Jason Todd or Tim Drake?