A second dose of Robbie Thompson looking back at Peter Parkerâ€™s high school days is very welcome. Thompson nails the sympathetic mixture of Parker doing right, but somehow never quite managing to have things go his way, yet his spirit is never permanently dampened.
In First Day Thompson opened and closed most stories with Peter Parker, but beyond that there wasnâ€™t much of a role for his supporting cast. That barely changes. The possibility of a relationship with Gwen Stacey remains in two steps forward one step back territory, while Aunt May is barely seen beyond one great heart-touching scene. At least thereâ€™s a few good J. Jonah Jameson moments this time. The lack of interaction would disappoint if Thompson werenâ€™t so strong on the Spider-Man action. While taking the occasional plot point from the 1960s run, he otherwise distances these stories from that other than the expected use of Spider-Manâ€™s villains. A plot thread referenced in most chapters is the villains uniting as the Sinister Six, and that pays off nicely in the final story. There are also guest starring roles for the Black Panther and Captain America, his being the better piece as Thompson addresses the idea of Spider-Manâ€™s heroics always being misinterpreted as menacing.