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Spider-Man: Birth of Venom (Graphic Novel)

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I genuinely find it so ugly and bizarre it's distracting to my whole reading experience, but again, I do know that's not a universal opinion. 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. I thought he was great in this collection, but I never would have pegged his origin as coming from so out of nowhere as it was presented here. Growing up as a huge Spider-Man fan, I knew all the villains and had all the action figures to prove it.

He tells Peter that he didn't attack because he didn't want to hurt innocent people and told him to meet him at the Seacrest Estate in Manruk. 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. Amazing Spider-Man 252-259, 300, 315-317; Web of Spider-Man 1; material from Secret Wars 8; Fantastic Four 274; Peter Parker, the Spectacular Spider-Man 100; Amazing Spider-Man 298-299, Annual 25 The Beyonder's Battleworld might seem a strange place to get new threads, but it's Spider-Man who becomes unraveled when his shape-changing costume attempts to darken his life!

We do eventually get Venom, but his reveal comes as more of a twist to readers than it does an expected development.

Ann then convinces Eddie that Spidey saves innocent lives and Venom decides that if he kills Peter, future innocents will die so he tells Spider-Man that he will hunt him no more as long as Peter does the same. The cool conceit of Peter Parker getting a new costume that also happens to be an alien symbiote originated in Secret Wars. I think in a later issue in this book it Peter Parkers spider senses were explained three times in one chapter. Peter succumbs to the bells before the symbiote does, but it saves him cause it can't just let him die.The rather old-school of Marvel writing where each character at their introduction must explain their current status got on my nerves quite a lot. Cool way to get a collection following just one character, which is nice for cutting out the many overlapping plot lines always happening in comics. In the end, this collection does what it says it does, but I still feel they could have done a lot better. Venom is only in a few issues in this entire thing as they show the build up of pretty much the entirety of Spidey in the black suit. Its not particularly well written at times, but the way this collection is put together keeps this story coherent at least.

I can see how, back in the day, reading individual comic issues gave readers a greater appreciation for these kinds of surprises, but when it gets bunched into one big collection, the effect is lost. Honestly, apart from the two pages of Secret Wars, I feel like I could have skipped this volume entirely. Now, I understand putting together almost 10 years of development is no easy feat, and that some cuts had to be made, but the story still feels disconnected and its thrown-together approach doesn't mix too well. From dating Black Cat, issues with his aunt, his relationship ship with MJ, all the different villains that want to kill him, Plus an alien suit that wants to bond with him. 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.I was surprised how both amusing and threatening was as I expected that before his introduction he was just some rando, unlike a character with some built-up development like Eddie from Spider-Man TAS. Because when Spidey manages to get the symbiote off of himself in the church, he then starts dying from the bells (I guess? If Eddie Brock worked in journalism nowadays, he'd be lauded by the likes of CNN for pushing fake news! She tells him about Eddie and about an amusement park from his childhood where Peter rationalizes is Venom keeping his parents.

Then Ann appears and begs Venom to stop but then she is about to be crushed by objects because of the previous battle but Venom and Spidey managed to save her. We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. The fight continues onto a stadium where Spidey uses the sounds from the speakers to take Carnage down. Venom is so popular among fans for a reason and his battles with Spidey here are a pretty good showing of why.

To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. And this collection has a giant hole in its center, leaving out Gang Wars, Peter's wedding to Mary Jae, Kraven's Last Hunt, and more. The rest of the issue makes it a job to stress Puma's identity and Puma is still trying to finish off Spider-Manin the next issue, but Black Cat intervenes and he is forced to attack later that night. 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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