Look out, Pittsburgh: Steel Town is getting a superhero whose power set doesn't include a whole lot of responsibility.
Debuting in February, the five-issue Marvel Comics miniseries Alpha by writer Joshua Hale Fialkov and artist Nuno Plati stars the young teenage boy who was created by writer Dan Slott for Amazing Spider-Manissue 692 — which celebrated Spidey's 50th anniversary — and ended up having a quick rise and fall as a New York City superhero.
Just like Peter Parker back in the day, 16-year-old Andy Maguire was an outsider who couldn't get noticed if he tried at Midtown High, but a school trip to Peter's gig at Horizon Labs resulted in an accident involving "Parker Particles" — increasingly powerful molecules that tie into the universe itself — and Andy gaining incredible abilities, celebrity status and Spider-Man as a mentor.
However, unlike Peter when he became Spider-Man, Andy doesn't have quite the same sense of "with great power comes great responsibility," and after a few really bad decisions, Peter depowered Alpha inAmazing No. 694.
"He was a freak and then he became famous, and now he's infamous and powerless essentially as far as the world knows," says Fialkov, who did a story with Plati for issue 692. "He's that creepy kid who used to be on a sitcom when he was 5."