Norah Winters interviews several people who were in attendance at ESU for the unveiling of a new energy replenishing device called The Catalyst, developed by Project Pegasus. Count Neferia and the Lethal Legion arrive to claim it and there are some casualties. Spider-Man arrived on the scene but so does the Sin Eater. Sin Eater begins picking off the Legion and absorbs some of their powers, allowing him to immobilise Peter and force him to watch as he 'cleanses' all of the Legion. After Nefaria falls, the crowd cheer Carter on.
Norah visits Ravencroft and meets up with Norman Osborn, and we learn after the Legion came back to life, they began acting like model inmates, Nefaria even begs Norah to contact the families of those he harmed and tell them he intends to make amends. Norman discusses the contents of a vault with an assistant, they make reference to a 'new arrival' at Ravencroft.
Peter is at the hospital with Overdrive and a distraught Carlie, she's an emotional mess, Peter wants to know what happened after Overdrive recovered in the morgue. Norah in the meantime returns to her car, she is talking to Jonah on her bluetooth about her story. When she gets in the car, she finds Sin Eaters waiting for her. He blasts her
This thread of Stan Carter's new approach to ridding the world of sinners is elaborated on by giving us an insight into just how the public feels about it, and how those cleansed of their sins still feel the weight of their crimes press down hard on them, leading to some heavy scenes for Neferia as he bears his crushed soul to Nora.
Peter is left a bit ineffective in this, but that is of course the point, he is helpless to watch as people are picked up and the people he's protecting pick the side of the antagonist. As far as they can tell, he's not doing anything wrong and is avenging the people they lost without loss of life.
Peter gets his chance to talk to Carlie about this at Overdrive's bed, but from the panels we're shown, Carlie is looking distraught and shaken, with Peter having to step up and asks, without so much as saying that she pull herself together, her to tell him what's going on.
It was great to see Carlie brought to her knees like this, a total shadow of the high and mighty person she was shown to be in the Brand New Day era when she had the audacity to be promoted as heir apparent to the one true love in Mary Jane. Now she's more humbled, shaken badly by all the events in her life associated with Peter, and depending on the likes of the Lookout support group and MJ's own experiences to get by. It's glorious.
Add also to the fact Norah (a more likeable member of that despised era) is paying for her recent sins and you have even further intrigue. This story is not being kind to Brand New Day's players and it's only enhancing the drama.
I appreciate your reviews, Zarius.
I found this ish to be a step back from the last one. I guess I just want things to start happening. I didn't care for the story being Norah Winters' documentary point of view. I mean, these types of stories are fine, but we're only a few issues away from #50. Hopefully it'll come together, like #45 made me appreciate #44 more, but I don't care about the Lethal Legion or Overdrive, and, while this spectral Sin-Eater is interesting, I want more background. Maybe I should check out the Sins Rising Prelude. I bought it but haven't read it yet.