Spider-Man: Birth of Venom (Graphic Novel)

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Spider-Man: Birth of Venom (Graphic Novel)

Spider-Man: Birth of Venom (Graphic Novel)

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I think in almost every issue within this book, it had to be mentioned and explained what Spider-Man "spider senses" do. Its not particularly well written at times, but the way this collection is put together keeps this story coherent at least. The first half of the book moseys about slowly trickling out tiny details about the symbiote while Spider-Man faces off against villains who are decidedly not Venom.

Two assassins, Styx and Stone, were hired by Johnny Caesar to kill Spider-Man, a mission they failed in before Spidey fought Venom. Readers have whined about how Venom coming to MJ's apartment and trying to exploit Parker's position is so demeaning to MJ's character. We expected Venom all along, and to treat his first appearance as some sort of unexpected arrival in Spider-Man's story doesn't work well in the context of this graphic novel.In fact, the first half seems to be leading up to a climactic confrontation with the Hobgoblin, only to completely skip it once we finally know enough about the symbiote so that Venom actually makes sense. I think this graphic novel would have been better off being titled something along the lines of The Alien Costume Saga (like the animated series of the '90s had named this story arc) rather than marketing it as solely Venom's origin.

Later Spider-Man decides to have his suit checked out by Reed Richards, and right as they're studying the symbiote, we cut to the Hobgoblin, who takes out a bunch of the Rose's men to prove he's the Hobgoblin. Before he goes to fight Venom, Peter stops by a psychiatrist who tells him that the symbiote is having a love-hate relationship. To be fair, this book does exactly what it states: It offers background for the symbiote and its second host Eddie Brock to become Venom. At halfway point of this 300+ pages collection, Peter finds the truth about his black suit with the help of fantastic four.He then took a knocked out Venom to the Fantastic Four where Venom was placed in a special tank while a new prison is being built for him in the Vault.

I will say, and I know this is personal preference, but I just HATE the 80s comic art, which was the last chunk of this collection. As the title proclaims, this series of comics is just the birth of Venom so there is a ton of Black Spiderman stuff in this series that I really dug.I read a compilation of previously produced titles from the beginning of the venom character to the end (or is it? When Spider-Man confronts Venom, he is completely overpowered by his foe but Peter was able to directly talk to the symbiote and told it that it can have him.

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