Following a Rodney King-esque acquittal of a gang of race-hate thugs, and the police riot that emerges because of it at Dante Street police house, Spider realizes that The Smiler is systematically silencing anything that could discredit him.
Various printings feature different cover elements. Some have the lone Vertigo logo in the top left of the front cover. Other printings feature a "DC Comics" logo directly above the Vertigo logo. And yet other printings feature both the DC Comics logo, and the text "Book 5" below the Vertigo logo.