I've had this book for a while and the message i always got from it was that Kraven was trying to prove to peter that he could be a better spiderman than he was. This was by doing a task pete couldn't do on his own in capturing Vermin and then letting pete know this by pitting them against each other and having pete lose. THen pete ultimately did beat vermin so Kraven was cheated out of his death even though he was unaware. that's all good and dandy BUT Re-reading it recently, it seems that spidey could have easily taken vermin on his own and he had a chance to finish the fight and hesistated, giving vermin the head's up. So this proves nothing to Kraven. He also lets vermin go as the innocent party and lets spidey go as well knowing ultimately that spidey would aprehend him. SO knowing all of this, what was Kraven able to take from this encounter that warranted his ultimate victory and him ending his life? To me, it looked like he would always be spidey's inferior on this current re-read and i'm getting mixed messages from the tale itself.