For reasons unclear to even myself, I endeavored on an uncertain hiatus, from comic book reading and collecting. At the least, I have missed 5 months. The last memories I have of Spidey, include him joining the New Avengers, and that story about his friend that became something akin to Molten Man. I missed out on the Other, and now I have returned in the middle of what appears to be a new mini series event (Civil War). To my understanding, the government is now turning on all super powered beings, in a bid to get them to register (not much different than X-Men ideas in the past, that related to mutants). If my conjecture isn't far off (I only started reading again from issue 530 of AMS), the "Civil War" is going to be between the U.S. government and it's own super hero community (which I think will make for one hell of a story). On that front, I seem to be fine. Where I am completely lost at, is the introduction of this "Iron Spidey" costume, and Peter becoming Stark's right hand man. I personally like this new costume. I prefer the ol' red and blues, but this outfit seems useful...to the same extent that the symbiote did back when I was a kid. However, I don't know why Peter has this outfit. In the New Avengers, I remember Peter complaining about how the entire team needed armor. Tony replied with a "Do you have $6 billion? Because this armor cost $6 billion." However, flash foward to now, and suddenly, Spidey is the new "Iron Man Lite." And why does he work for Tony Stark? Did he quit teaching? And what happened to the Parker's home? Why are they living with the Avengers? I think those questions pretty much sum up the things I need to know, in order to be caught up with the Spidey continuity, but if there is anything I missed, that you feel is relavent, then feel free to add to it.