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Symbiote stalks Spidey all over again...can you say de ja vu?
Spider-Man: Venom Returns - David Michelinie
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Spider-Man: Venom Returns - David Michelinie
Advantages: Good to see Venom again....great artwork and some awesome dialogue between the two characters
Disadvantages: A bit repetitive of previous show-downs....
Venom Returns is a graphic novel collecting this story-arc from David Michelinie that once more focuses around the Alien Symbiote known as Venom and his obsession with our friendly neighbourhood web-slinger....
For those not up to speed with the official Spiderman canon, Venom begun life waaay back in the Secret Wars storyline that saw a group of Earths Heroes and Villains being transported to an artificially created planetoid by a being known as The Beyonder essentially just to slug it out. At the end of the story-line, Spidermans costume was in tatters but was informed by his fellow allies that there was a machine just around the corner of their base that could reconstitute clothing. But Spidey being Spidey, he soon got lost and instead ended up with this nifty black costume that responed to his thoughts and could be retracted at will.
Back on Earth, the costume began to alter Spidermans behaviour and personality and, discovering it was actually an Alien Symbiote, he soon enlisted the help of The Fantastic Four to remove it. But, having thought it was gone for good, Spiderman soon discovered that instead it had just changed Hosts and now resided on the body of Eddie Brock, a reporter that Peter Parker had formerly embarassed and who now held a grudge! Fused with Brocks body and affected by his rage and instability, the costume became Venom, a kind of Anti-Spiderman, and began a systematic reign of revenge.....
In this paticular story, two assassins known as Styx and Stone have been given the task of eliminating Spiderman and intend to use Venom to track down their target. But things all go a bit pear-shaped as they often seem to do and what we get instead is another massive slug-fest between the two opposing forces that are Spiderman and Venom, only complicated further by the presence of the two assassins who want their own pound of flesh!
This is an okay graphic novel with some great set-pieces but it does at times feel like we have seen it all before and is obviously aimed at long-term Spiderman fans as there are lots of references to previous Venom/ Spiderman stories and a bit of previous knowledge is a definite advantage. The art-work is simply sublime and it is only a shame that the plot isn't a bit stronger to better compliment this. Still, if you love seeing Venom and Spiderman verbally and physically sparring all across New York and at times seemingly having a competition as to who can get out the best one-liner, then this will probably be right up your alley!
Coming as it did long before the whole Venom character became a bit over-exposed, eventually having his own collection of spin-off mini-series and later developing his own offspring in the guise of Carnage resulting in a bit of a Symbiote overload, this novel is a lot of mindless fun that, despite adding little to the greater Spiderman story, is still highly enjoyable. Coming at a time when still seeing Venom turn up was still exciting for Spiderman fans, this is a book that is good value for money but only if you are a really, really big fan and not just an occasional reader who may not get as much out of this.
Personally I still love this paticular story, it is just a shame that they couldn't have expanded it to include some more original angles making it a bit less like every other Spiderman/Venom showdown already out there!
Summary: One for the real fans only as more occasional readers may get bored with constant past references
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