In, DOES IT REALLY MATTER WHAT HAPPENED TO THE SUIT?, Hannah Means-Shannon analyses my story, "Spider-man for a night" in Amazing Spider-man #692, the 50th anniversary of Spider-man:
"Dean Haspiel’s story is both written and illustrated quite well, and in it, Haspiel pulls an incredibly clever bait-and-switch. In a world that relies extensively on “shock endings” that are anything but, Haspiel actually does the unthinkable and takes his readers by surprise. And, of course, his storytelling is as amazing as always, but what’s new there?"
"Dean Haspiel’s “Spider-Man For A Night” draws on Amazing Spider-Man #50, exploring what happened with Spider-Man’s costume on the night that he decided to be “Spider-Man No More” with a conclusion that tugs at the heart-strings. The story and art are both beautifully done."
"The second story is "Spider-Man For A Night" by Dean Haspiel and Giulia Brusco, telling the story about an old crook trying to get money to take care of his granddaughter, who happens to find the discarded Spider-Man costume in the trash can from the famous "Spider-Man No More!" storyline from Stan Lee and John Romita back in ASM #50. It's a nice little callback for an eight-page interlude, giving us a sense of Spidey's impact on people he's never even met."
"Dean Haspiel addresses the situation of when Spider-Man threw out his costume six hundred and forty-two issues ago. Once he did that, what happened to it? This story seems to be predictable for the first few pages, but Haspiel telegraphs one possible ending only to completely punch the reader in the gut at the end. Haspiel's art is light and lively, with enough real-world influence to carry the emotional weight his story delivers."
"The second story is from Dean Haspiel and takes us back to a bygone age. Working more as a “What If” it follows a small time crook who finds Spidey’s old outfit when, in a moment of crisis, Peter casts it off. The artwork and story hark back to earlier issues of Spidey. It’s short and punchy with a moralistic ending meant to be a thank you to Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and John Romita. Although it’s not meant to be, the ineptitude of the main character who dons the mask makes it a little tongue-in-cheek to begin with, but when you read more and see why this has happened it does tug at your heartstrings. It may be a tiny bit clichéd but it does hit the emotional notes."
"Dean Haspiel’s short takes place immediately after the events of The Amazing Spider-Man #50’s iconic “Spider-Man NO MORE!” scene. It’s a fun little story featuring a small-time crook who finds Spider-Man’s discarded tights in the trash. The crook puts on the tights and tries to hold up a pawn shop, and gets beat up by a lady with a golf-club as a reward (remember when Spidey was a menace?). The final two pages show us the crook’s homelife, and, while it is reminiscent of Sandman’s origin story, it still packs enough emotional punch to wrap the short up nicely. And Haspiel’s art is delectably pop-esque."
"Remember when Peter Parker gave up being Spider-Man and tossed his uniform in the dumpster? Dean Haspiel spins an untold tale of Spider-Man featuring an elderly down on his luck criminal, who finds the costume in the trash. Thinking he can use the costume to rob people, the geezer dons the suit and does nothing but fail at everything. Mr. Haspiel leads the readers to believe he is doing it for a girlfriend or wife, but when the real Olivia appears, and the old man realizes the power of the suit, it is a touching moment that leaves a tear in the eye."
"The second story “Spider-Man for a Night”, by writer and artist Dean Haspiel, was my second favourite story. It doesn’t feature Spider-Man at all- merely a Spider suit in a trash can in an alley. When a down-on-his-luck old man stumbles upon the suit after committing a crime he decides to play Spider-Man for a night. This is a touching tale about the strength of love and what it really means to be a hero. Sometimes the biggest heroes of all don’t put on tights and capes and they come in all different shapes and sizes. I quite enjoyed this work by Dean Haspiel. His art has an old school styling that can be found in the early years of Spidey’s library."
"Amazing Spider-Man #692: I hated paying $6 for a Dean Haspiel story, but that’s what I did for this 50th anniversary issue. Honestly the main story (introducing Alpha the new sidekick) bored me. Getting to read Haspiel’s tale spinning out of Amazing Spider-Man #50 (where Pete throws away the costume) made everything worth my time and money. Haspiel’s stories are one of a kind, making you feel sympathetic for a criminal in this instance. And Joshua Hale Fialkov’s day in the life of Spidey perspective romp also eased the pain of my wallet. But let me stress—Marvel find more work for Dean Haspiel, pronto."
"The most effective story of the issue is also the shortest. In “Spider-Man for a Night” Writer/artist Dean Haspiel combines a pop art style with a story that infuses humor and tragedy. This story features the title character fleetingly, but manages to capture the full range of emotions in a tight, efficient way. At the same time the laughter/pathos juxtaposition reminds one of what makes Spider-Man such an enduring character to begin with."
"It’s a story of humanity, as true Spider-Man stories have always been, showing what’s in the heart of the character. It’s only 8 pages long, but it gives the reader a new perspective into how heroes are perceived and the inspiration they can bring to others."
"Dean Haspiel picks the point in time when Spider-Man decided to give it up and left his costume in the trash. A bank robber enters the alley shortly after and sees an opportunity to evade the police by putting on the costume. But while that is a success other things don't go so well. It takes the crook's daughter and her special condition to teach him that it takes more than dressing like a hero to become one. It is a nice short story with a moral and a tip of the hat to previous creators. Haspiel has his own unique style and Brusco is the perfect compliment on colors for this story."