The rumors were true. Radioactive bodily fluids are quite deadly.
I really tried to get through Kaare Andrews' pretty trade, but I just couldn't. Fortunately, I picked this up from the library, so I didn't end up buying it. My main problem is that as I read the first issue, I just felt like I was reading The Dark Knight Returns. I mean, that's what this is supposed to be like, right? A future police state with the old hero forced to come out of retirement to face corruption? Old villains rearing their heads to take on the hero?
I mean, that cover should have been a good enough clue of the sheer amount of sadness that permeates this book. But I don't want to read a Spider-Man comic about Peter dreaming of doing it with his dead wife, but waking up tasting Saltines. Just not what I'm looking for, you know? This thing is just packed with sadness. Who wants Saggy Baggy Kingpin?
I wikipedia'd the plot to see what I missed, and it looks like a dead Hypno Hustler and dead Doc Ock calling his arms his "sons." Best of all, the reason why Mary Jane is dead? Radioactive spider-sperm! Really!
So yeah, after the first issue, this trade got the equivalent of "Too Long, Didn't Read." Sorry!