Byrne’s approach to retelling the first “year” of Amazing Spider-Man issues is pretty simple, at least from what’s going on here. Gut the teenage Peter Parker drama and put in all Spider-Man and supervillains. Given how much of the originals Lee spent on the teenage drama, I imagine it had something to do with their popular. Byrne’s removing what made those issues special and leaving the regular, inspectacular stuff instead.
One particular problem I have with this issue is the rescue of John Jameson’s flight–Spider-Man doesn’t hijack the plane anymore, instead Jonah goes after him for setting it up for his own “glorification.” It would have been a lot more interesting to see why the general in the original issue didn’t think to call down to the airfield to get Spider-Man a jet.
Lots of lame, premature cameos–Mary Jane, Norman Osborn, a Kraven mention.