The setup: Last issue, Flash tried to snipe Crime Master and failed miserably. Eddie Brock intervened at the worst possible moment, and Flash webbed him up so he could deal with the problem at hand. Jack O' Lantern said the truce is off and Flash's family and friends will pay. As Flash took off to save them, Crime Master bonded the Toxin symbiote with Eddie Brock and completed the Savage Six.
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Pete gives Betty some friendly relationship advice before taking off.
Jack offers to pay for Betty's coffee and the conversation takes a turn for the worse when he squeezes her wrist and says they need to talk privately.
Flash busts on the scene, pummels Jack half to death, but Betty hits him with sonic pepper spray designed by Peter.
Betty runs. Flash fights Jack and Megatak. Kidnaps Betty and tries to get her to higher ground but...
Toxin shows up!
Flash saves Betty from falling to her death and she takes off.
He realizes Toxin has bonded with Eddie Brock. Uses the last of the pepper spray to take him out. Almost kills him, but decides Eddie didn't want this. It's his own fault that Eddie ended up this way.
Flash runs off to find Betty, and reveals his secret ID to her!
Loved this issue. Lots of tension, action and character moments galore. You can see Flash moving away from the soldier mentality and toward a superhero mindset, as he's grown increasingly hesitant to kill. Well, he would have killed Jack, but not Eddie.
Love Betty's characterization, a strong woman who can handle herself in even the worst situations.
And glad Flash took their relationship to the next leve. Kind of funny that Pete never revealed his secret ID to her, but Flash did...
5 of 5. Highly recommended!