Of all the tie-in series, this one is definitely telling the darkest story. To underline that point, Soule reveals in this issue that Kingpin once ripped the arms from Doc Ock and attached them to his body, but the arms killed him instead with 20,000 volts of electricity to the brain. Not that dark, you think? Could be darker, you scoff? It doesn't end there. The arms kept Kingpin's dead body as a host and got a job building tech for Iron Man. Seriously, when I say "dark," I mean dark.
The best part of this issue is Soule exploring Peter's fractured psyche. After Elektra is killed on their mission to retrieve supplies to implement Project Bellcurve, Peter tells the Beast that he felt nothing. He's seen so much death that he may remember how he used to feel when someone died, but he can't connect with that feeling anymore. From Logan, you'd probably just nod at this comment, but Soule reminds you how awful this reality is to force Peter Parker to such a place.
Meanwhile, Jennifer tracks down Bullseye, only to get captured by, of all people, T'Challa. We learn that he survived the explosion in the Negative Zone, but we don't know how he survived, why he stayed in hiding, or why he's working with Bullseye. But, given that he blames Stark for the explosion, I'm guessing that Jennifer isn't really going to get that warm of a welcome.
*** (three of five stars)