Hoo boy, these comics have not aged well Which is sad, because it s not entirely their fault So much about comics and the way they re published has changed since these originally were printed, that their nuances and writing techniques can be bothersome to modern readers Which is also sad because the story here is pretty dang entertaining.The main problem with Birth of Venom is that when it was originally written, collected editions of every issue of every comic series weren t made Readers had to go a month in between issues A reader couldn t just wait for a trade to come out and read a concise story from beginning to end As a result, nearly without fail, every new issue contained an in story summary of the last issue s events In this case, summaries that are sometimes pages long with almost nothing new added to the table This probably wasn t a problem back in the 80 s, but when you re reading each issue back to back in a collection like this, the technique becomes incredibly annoying.Compounding this problem is that this collection is too long 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 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 It all feels disjointed and overlong.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 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 commonly known for today.This isn t to say that Birth of Venom is all bad, as when it finally gets going, it s rather exciting Venom is so popular among fans for a reason and his battles with Spidey here are a pretty good showing of why He s scary, strong and frighteningly determined It s just a shame you have to wade through stories highly irrelevant to him to find that out. Not a bad collection To be honest I think I would have preferred just getting the Todd Mcfarlane Spider Man Omnibus, as all of the issues that feature Venom are also in that collection Overall, though this was much cheaper although the trade title is somewhat misleading 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 Good stories nonetheless Lots of good characterization for both Pete and MJ Pretty exciting story and Todd Mcfarlane s art still looks beautiful as ever. 300319 when my brother and me were old enough to read word books our mother, school librarian, would let us read no graphic of any sort so i missed out on who knows how much boy culture through late 70s on, until as an adult i heard of love and rockets , so looked at some until i became friends with riley rossmo, illustrator, i knew about ten books now i have read looked at i do not know something like 370 but still, almost all are artsy and not superheroes i recall reruns of spiderman on tv then movies then this, years later movie on venom just out, i decided to read origin story something i can talk to riley about rather than the usual what of any story, things like plot, character, world etc as in word books i am interested in the how again that is, how the story is told do not know to what extent this collection exemplifies superhero comics, multiple storylines, many nearly indestructible villains, comic book science as serves fantasy not logic, lots of explanatory monologues, identifiable, essential, consistent psychology but then i have to think of the likely readers at least of superheroes comics, kids at least at first, then getting adult over the years cannot see much ambivalence as it seems mostly that at least for spidey, motivations of villains are darker and resolutions are somewhat bittersweet ironic in a comic book wayit is the art that intrigues unfortunately the issues are not calendar dated only ordered, so i go by cues in images, clothes, hair, technology etc but also in assumptions of middle class middle americans about life, love, loyalty etc then in recent work, perhaps only reflecting that artist, the illustration style leans heavily on hypertrophy of everything and everyone in size of muscles breasts and then intense definition representation of everything from hair to eyes to trucks to cars this style bores me i like the stories as they certainly sound like classical mythology, i read the synopses of things that happen but not shown then think of how fun it would be to just drop them out but then i do like some abstraction and it works as film this way this is fun on the other, maybe i will just watch the films, listen to riley, rather than look at superhero comics Venom is one of my favorite villains and I jumped at the chance to learn his origin This collection showcases the history of the black suit extensively which is a precursor to the Venom storyline I found it to be quite enjoyable and informative regarding Venom s past and peculiar code of honor Quick, fun read with a terrific main villain as well as a great supporting cast of others The Cosmicizer, wtf.And the paperbag That needs to make a comeback Honestly, I m not surprised Venom hates Peter Up and abandoning the symbiote like that and tell it he never wants to see it again Rude. Growing up as a huge Spider Man fan, I knew all the villains and had all the action figures to prove it My favorite villain by far was always Venom he just looked so cool and intimidating 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 Now being much older, I wanted to look into all of the Venom stories of the old comics that I was too young to appreciate before I, of course, started with Birth of Venom, which chronicles Venom s beginnings and his earliest encounters with Spideyor does it I d say 80% of this collection deals with the alien costume or symbiote while its host was Spider Man It briefly recounts the origin of the alien costume from the Secret Wars event, then jumps straight into the moment Spider Man returns to Earth with his new look From here, we get typical Spidey stories but with the added bonus of having the symbiote tag along Only later into the graphic novel do we finally see the separation of the symbiote and Spider Man, which leads into the origin of Venom I really liked these alien costume Spider Man stories, but wasn t this a Venom collection Shouldn t he have been the focal point of the graphic novel and not just the afterthought We do eventually get Venom, but his reveal comes as of a twist to readers than it does an expected development The problem with that is, the twist was given away by the title 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 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 Though hardly a collection about Venom, it does give us what we came here foreventually I love Venom, don t get me wrong 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 That s not a knock on the graphic novel, but so on the quality of comic writing that created Venom in the first place The writers needed a place for the symbiote to go after it was rejected by Spider Man, so instead of spending a couple of issues finding the best fit character for this abandoned parasitic being, we get thrust onto this unknown character named Eddie Brock He literally comes from nowhere and has no substantive preexisting character development to speak of All we get is some exposition about how Spider Man apparently ruined Brock s life when he solved the Sin Eater case from The Death of Jean DeWolff You see, Brock thought he got the scoop when he interviewed the supposed Sin Eater for his newspaper, but it turned out that guy was just a fake Therefore, Brock was viewed as a fraud and was subsequently firedand he blames Spider Man for this I d be angry with my boss for taking such drastic measures against me for making an honest mistake Has he never heard of a retraction If Eddie Brock worked in journalism nowadays, he d be lauded by the likes of CNN for pushing fake news But I digressI thought Eddie Brock was supposed to be a well established character in the Spider Man universe prior to bonding with the symbiote, but I guess I was wrong about that 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 I thought it felt out of place at this point for Venom to pop up as suddenly as he had, but at least his fights and interactions were fun and tense 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 Keeping Venom s name out of the title would have given readers an unexpected twist when they finally do see Venom emerge for the first time I think that would have slightly helped this collection, since readers would not have been anticipating Venom the whole time and thus could not be disappointed when he only shows up at the very end.Although Venom s origin did not live up to my grandiose childhood expectations for his character, I did enjoy finally getting to see my favorite villain in action in his intended medium of comic books He looked just as cool and creepy as I imagined he would look, and he did not disappoint in his battles with Spider Man I highly recommend Spider Man Birth of Venom to those looking for a greatest hits of the symbiote, spanning from its attachment to Spider Man all the way up to its bonding with Brock to give us Venom 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 For an all Venom all the time kind of graphic novel, see Spider Man The Vengeance of Venom, which is cover to cover about Venom, or any number of his limited series like Venom Lethal Protector. I guess I m in love with black alien goo. Collects Amazing Spider Man , And , Web Of Spider Man And Material From Secret Wars , Amazing Spider Man , Fantastic Four , Amazing Spider Man Annual 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 As Well As His Fashion Sense But Ridding Himself Of His Riotous Raiment Proves An Even Greater Mistake When Its Alien Enmity Bonds With Mortal Madness To Form Our Hero S Most Dedicated Decimator Plus The First Appearances Of Puma And The Rose Mary Jane Watson S Startling Secret And The Debut Of The BattlingBag Man Guest Starring The Black Cat, The Fantastic Four And this was the awesome birth of the most coolest character in the marvel comics I have never been big on Venom and stories like this are why.If your looking for a great graphic novel about one of the best marvel villains read Kravens Hunt
Tom DeFalco is an American comics writer and editor, well known for his association with Marvel Comics and Spider Man.
- 352 pages
- Spider-Man: Birth of Venom
- Tom DeFalco
- 03 September 2019 Tom DeFalco