Thoughts: When I started this issue, I figured I wouldn't like it. Massacre killing for money seemed weird, and so did Spidey's little chat with Uatu, and I can't say I cared much about Doc's little date with Anna Maria, although I do like her character already. The thing that saved this issue for me was the really strong ending. Now, I love the Massacre character. He's got no emotions, he's ruthless, and he's kinda the James Gordon Jr. of Spider-Man, and I don't know who came first, plus I'm too lazy to look to see if Slott or Snyder did it first, but whatever. Point being, I'm a fan of the character and I'm sad to see him go. What I loved here was the symbolism, as Spidey killed a villain that murdered people, something many people wish Spidey or Batman would do, kill. It makes sense, but the symbolism is that Spidey would never kill, because he believes people can change...in doing so, he didn't kill Doctor Octopus, and that decision came back and bit him in the ass because Doc took his body and killed him. Even then, Spidey put his hope into Ock, hoping he'd do the right thing, and Doctor Octopus killed Massacre because he said that he'd still be a villain and a killer deep down, which is exactly what Otto is, even as Spider-Man. That logic, on top of Spider-Man using a gun and basically becoming big brother, is kind of reminiscent of Batman during the whole Brother Eye thing. So I'll say this, I'm excited to see what happens now, especially how people who know Spidey is Peter, like Carlie and MJ and the AVENGERS will react to him killing a man, as well as the reaction of the villains and citizens of New York.
Spider-Man: You are who you are. That killer will always be hiding inside you.