HERO WORSHIP #2 - I had pretty much predicted where this series might go, and it looks like I'm right in the broader context. We'll see if the finer details deviate a bit. Anyway, interesting look at a corporatized Superman-esque character. Is he really the hero, or is there something more sinister? Hopefully the pacing of the story picks up a bit because while it is intriguing, it's not really enough to keep me picking up a $4 book monthly. ETERNAL DESCENT #6 - This is a series based on a band and it's members, set against the backdrop of angels vs. devils. This is the second volume. While the concept is interesting, the story and artwork are oftentimes lacking and/or confusing as to what exactly is going on. There's tons of mystical mumbo-jumbo to hide the holes in the scripting, and the art is definitely pretty. Overall, probably a good read in trades when you can get it all at once. The issues are not exactly new-reader friendly if your shop happens to miss one (like mine have). AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #692 - I swung by Jim Hanely's today to pick up the previous two books that my shop didn't have. I found they had the complete cover set for this issue, all signed by Dan. As much as I'd have loved to pick them all up, I couldn't justify spending $36 on multiple copies of the same book (yes, this issue is $6 a pop). I did, however, pick up the regular and the 1990s variant for one simple reason: Ben Reilly, baby! I digress... So, what did we get? Three stories. The first is the long anticipated debut of new hero Alpha, who is basically Peter with all the power and none of the responsibility (doesn't that sound familiar?). His story closely mirrors Peter's, although from the opposite end of the spectrum. Given past history and Slott's skills, I'll wait till the story is over to judge how this new character stacks up. See if Slott just needed an issue or two to find the character's voice. The back-up strips featured a man taking Spidey's costume from the trash (ASM #50) to use for his own uses, and learning what being a hero really means. The next is Spidey being a mentor of sorts to a more receptive youngster (unlike the titular Alpha character) after a day of Parker-luck mishaps. Both were nicely done and cute reads, and rounded out the book well.