In his apartment, Peter finds it a struggle to sleep...we suddenly find him in the back of Overdrive's car, with Overdrive telling him he's on the run from The Sin Eater, who has disposed of his partners by turning into a feral demon. Sin Eater is chasing after Overdrive and causes him to crash, Sin Eater aims his gun at the occupants of the crashed car and fires.
...And then Peter wakes up. Peter scrambles to the phone and calls MJ, telling him life as Peter gets harder without her there and that he needs her, she is the only reason he ever takes his mask off. He brings out the engagement ring and tells her there's something they need to discuss when she gets home...suddenly, Peter throws up and his chest rips open. Kindred appears again, saying you are meant to feel cold as you die, but that's not how he remembers it, his situation was much more unique. He says Peter should worry less about who he is and focus more on what he wants from him.
Kindred tells Peter he has something sinister waiting for him in the real world, and to stop it he'll have to do exactly as he says...he apologises for the dream-within-a-dream...but then...it wasn't meant to be his. The last page is of Julia Carpenter, Madame Web, surrounded by Miles, Anya, Jessica Drew, Cindy, and Ghost Spider
And we're back once more...and we learn absolutely nothing new in all this time about Kindred, who remains a two year enigma. We do of course get to see more Peter pour his heart out to MJ and are reminded of just how vital she is to him, something Marvel ignored for a decade, but here Spencer reminds us of their deep connection mixed in with callbacks to the fan favourite story from Matt Fraction 'To Have and to Hold'.
The return of the engagement ring more or less confirms it's previous appearance wasn't just a one-and-done nod to a much missed era, and that whatever is coming will be closure and resolution to One More Day down the road.
I was initially confused by the inception style twist and the apperance of Julia Carpenter, I thought it was a zombified MJ! Also, is Julia having the vision, or are all of the web warriors? It's not made entirely clear.
Not very impressed with the art either
I'm not a huge fan of dream issues, especially when the entire issue is a dream, but this story did do some things well, like making Peter's role in the dream with Overdrive be that of a helpless observer.
I, too, thought that MJ was having the dream in the end, but I also thought the Web Warriors splash page was an ad at first!
While the dream within a dream didn't catch me off-guard (but I'm old enough to remember An American Werewolf In London), the overly long message on MJ's machine was a nice touch to show something was off.
While the issue was ok, it just seemed like more running in place. If the dream wasn't Peter's than am I correct that he still isn't even aware of Kindred? I think MJ having the dream would've worked better. Yes, Madame Web is a psychic but could she really tap into such deep feelings between Peter and MJ? Possibly, but why would this be important to her? I skipped Spider-Verse so most of these characters don't mean much to me in their current incarnation.