Wow, i just don't know where to start here. This feels like one of those real great stories that just slipped under the radar.
People cry for upgrades, and for characters to get some justice done by the writers. I've seen that with Rhino as a matter of fact.
And it just got delivered, en masse. In three short stories Aleksei has gone from a known buffoon and sole brick to being one of the most three-dimensional, interesting, motivated characters I've read in a mainstream comic in some time. And saying nothing for the story itself. I won't lie and say it didn't move me, because it did. In fact as of reading ASM 625 tonight i actually welled up tears. This was writing at its finest, the way all Spider-Man stories and characters need to be written.
If you've read it, thoughts? If not, read it. Nuff said.