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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Although the extent to which I knew this character only included his stint in the Spider-Man Playstation One game, I always held that he was the best villain in the Spider-Man universe. It starts with how Spiderman gets the black costume, then has some issues from Amazing Spiderman of him learning about the costume and fighting crime with it, then his separation from it, followed by the first two battles Spidey has with Eddie Brock/Venom. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions.

I'm reading a bunch of Venom and Carnage-focused Spider books to get a better understanding of them before I read the King In Black storyline when it comes out in trade. I can't tell, but the sky's blue now and it was pretty dark in contrast when Puma attacked the second time. At halfway point of this 300+ pages collection, Peter finds the truth about his black suit with the help of fantastic four. The last 20% of Birth of Venom contain Venom's first encounter with Spider-Man, and these issues are pretty good – better than most first encounters between Spidey and a new villain. If Eddie Brock worked in journalism nowadays, he'd be lauded by the likes of CNN for pushing fake news!The way Spider-Man talks to people generally don't talk like that which makes him hard to relate to and see as human.

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. Characters like Mary Jane, who, at the first sign of trouble, literally runs to cry in her teddy bear instead of showing the bravery she's more commonly known for today. I do have to stress that this is not the graphic novel to read if you only want to see Venom and nothing else since a lot of it focuses on Spidey and the occasional one-off villain.

I'd say 80% of this collection deals with the alien costume (or symbiote) while its host was Spider-Man. Modern readers looking for a history lesson might also be annoyed by the differences in certain key characters who are (obviously) suddenly missing a few decades worth of character development. I have to say Brock's reason for hating Spider-Man is weak, you ruined my career by showing my big story was false?

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