Thompson did what I hoped that he'd do here, focus less on re-telling Peter's origin story and more on telling stories that fall in the gaps of previous stories, like Slott did with "Amazing Spider-Man: Learning to Crawl." Peter is already familiar with Sandman here, so Thompson is able to step aside and let Bradshaw go to town. And "go to town" he does: this issue is beautiful in every way. I wasn't really a huge fan of his run on "Wolverine and the X-Men," but I'm increasingly convince that he was born to draw "Spidey." Thompson guides us through the fight via Peter's inner monologue, and I have to admit that I recognize the chatty, nerdy Peter here more than I do the arrogant, distracted Peter in the main title. It might be a win by default, but it's a win nonetheless.
*** (three of five stars)