> As for the rest: There is only one other story in this issue and it involves Robbie Baldwin. He exonerates the man who shot him, though the man is not thrilled because he feels Robbie is the reason for his child's death. Robbie has registered and right after he tells Reed Richards off, he tells Reed that he'll report as agreed upon to work in the morning.
> He burns the Speedball costume
How? The Speedball costume had no material existence, it was formed of the kinetic power that empowered Speedball.
>and meets with some shady costume manufacturer who has created a new costume for Robbie to wear. It's basically a torture-chamber for the wearer, with spikes that penetrate the wearers skin, all meant inflict pain upon him. The most pertinent details of the suit are that there is one spike for each victim of Stamford, 60 of those placed in the most painful spots for Robbie (to represent the 60 kids killed in the disaster). 2 added spikes in the gloves of the suit that represent the 2 responders killed when they discovered Spedy in Upstate New York after the disater (they are to represent blood on his hands). Speedy is now Penance.
I've just read and re-read that paragraph and find it quite hard to express my disgust at the concept (No offence Fiasco, not your fault). Leaving to one side the fact he's NOT responsible for the deaths, the idea of a heroic kid with a good track record, an interestingly different power and a pleasantly laid back personality, becoming, and this is the tricky part, a functional masochist, is pretty much nauseating. This we needed?
>He vows never to see his mother again as well in accompanying text that represents a note to her.
And again, considering he supported his mom through her naive support of a terrorist front (The Force of Nature) her disowning of him was similarly loathesome, but I can't really blame him.
> How? The Speedball costume had no material existence, it was formed of the kinetic power that empowered Speedball.
It's a symbolic costume, not his really one.