This issue isn't exactly "War and Peace," but Humphries isn't pretending that it is in the first place. It's more inspired by "Say Anything," as Peter engages in the classic mistake of trying to impress Kitty by becoming an entirely different person. He unfortunately has to dodge the Slaughter Squad while trying to keep Kitty unaware of their presence, and hilarity ensues. Although I enjoyed this issue, I'll admit that the dialogue is a little too clichéd, like Humphries really was just ripping off lines from a John Hughes movies. But, again, I can't say that I didn't enjoy it, so I shouldn't really complain.
Moreover, things get interesting at the end, when the Slaughter Squad finally manages to get a hold of Peter. (On an interesting side note, I'll say that Humphries does a solid job of using Peter's one-on-one engagement with members of the Squad to remind us of their names and abilities.) A horrified Kitty steals one of Tony Stark's spaceships to save him, and it's a good thing that she does, since we confirm here that Mr. Knife is, in fact, a very angry J'Son. Dun-dun-dun!
*** (three of five stars)