The story is told from Carlie Cooper's point of view, features the red Vulture as the antagonist, and takes place roughly in 2009 continuity, before Carlie and Peter began dating seriously. Now that you know you aren't going to read this, you should have no qualms reading the additional (not very detailed) spoilers below:
This really did nothing for me. While a Carlie-oriented story is intrinsically unappealing to me, I do keep an open mind because I think any character can be made compelling given the right writer. And who could be better than Tom Defalco, the guy who gave Mary Jane much of the backstory and added dimensions that make her so popular? Unfortunately this story does not add that much interest to Carlie Cooper. She's very much the stereotypical fictional cop, who plays hero and ends up getting chewed out by her superior from behind a desk at the end of the day. I'd liked to have known more about what makes her tick. Wasn't her father a police officer? Why not go into that, or other aspects of her inner world, if you're going to dedicate a whole story arc to a side character?
And why set this story in a stale period of continuity, too recent for the story to be a retrospective but to far in the past for anything that happens to be relevant? Maybe if the story was set in the present time it could have been interesting as showing how recent events look through an alternate set of eyes. That can't happen with this story. Also, this story can't really expound upon Carlie's relationships with relevant characters, because this is set in a time where Carlie barely knew any of the characters we care about. To her, Peter Parker is just her photographer friend in this story. Her interactions with the red Vulture aren't relevant because (I believe) that character is dead already.
Has this story been in the can for three years, and Marvel's just now decided to publish it?
An arc in Garth Ennis's Punisher MAX tackled the same subject matter in a much more thought-provoking and emotional way. Go read that instead. This story is just a dumbed down, mediocre rehash of that same territory.
Oh, and the art is hilarious. Apparently, Carlie got breast implants that she only decided to keep for this one story arc.
What are your opinions, everyone?