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5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Green Goblin!, 10 Aug 2013
Mr. Mice Guy (London, England) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Spider-Man: New Ways To Die TPB (Graphic Novel Pb) (Paperback)
The stories running through issues #568-573 of the Amazing Spider-Man are collected as Spider-Man: New Ways To Die TPB (Graphic Novel Pb). This storyline opens with a fight with Menace, which as collateral damage reveals a sweat-shop staffed with illegal immigrants, in a building owned by Mayoral candidate Randall Crowne. Peter Parker is able to sell photos of this to the Front Line, and get a new job there. Crowne calls in the big guns, as a response to the Front Line's attack on him, one Norman Osborn, who sees this as an opportunity to get both Spider-Man and control of the city, so he in turn calls in the Thunderbolts. Meanwhile - there's always a meanwhile in comics - the DB (formerly the Daily Bugle) sends ace reporter Betty Brant to look into stories f miraculous cures for sick people happening at the FEAST shelter where (Aunt) May Parker works. Imagine our surprise when Betty notices one of the unfortunates sheltering there is Eddie Brock, the former Venom, who is in the final stages of terminal cancer. Martin Li, proprietor of FEAST and secret supervillain and criminal mastermind Mr Negative, zaps Eddie with his negative powers, which converts the residue of the alien symbiote in his bloodstream to an anti-body of some sort... an Anti-Venom! The Thunderbolts are set to patrol the city to find Spider-Man, and Venom (the Thunderbolt) detects traces of the symbiote in the FEAST shelter, which he naturally thinks is Spider-Man, and goes on a rampage, but finds Eddie Brock instead, who metamorphoses, under the stress, into a white-suited Venom - the Anti-Venom, who discovers that he has the power to `cleanse' people's blood of alien and radioactive stuff, and co-incidentally - there's always a coincidence in comics - has the uncontrolled ability to negate Spider-Man's powers in close proximity. Anyway, cue big fight between Venoms with Spidey stuck in the middle; and co-incidentally - I mentioned those, didn't I? - Norman Osborn, viewing the battle from a rooftop, is attacked by Menace. Throw in the Thunderbolts, and it all gets very messy very quickly. Throw in some sub-plots involving Harry Osborn and Lilly Hollister, Norman finding Peter Parker's camera and discovering the targeting mechanism in it tracks a signal from Spidey's costume that will allow Norman to track him anywhere, and we have the makings of a team up between Spider-Man and Anti-Venom to infiltrate Thunderbolts Tower - where, co-incidentally we find Norman has got the Freak (from previous issues) captive and is using him to produce cures for diseases (or Weaponised diseases, depending on whether you are a super-villain criminal mastermind or not) - and we have a big-fight finale with Mac Gargan in a new Scorpion suit, Norman in a Green Goblin suit - it helps him think - and a big reveal about those illegal immigrants as well.

This is a big epic action-adventure story, with a number of continuing sub-plots progressing in the background, as well as some new ones starting up, old characters returning, and some new ones appearing, with excellent scripting and artwork holding it all together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spiderman on top form, 23 Feb 2009
I originally read NWTD as they were released in comic form. I can say say that the books are superbly illustrated and kept me on edge while waiting for every issue. One of the best of the more recent Spiderman stories and would highly recommend to any Spiderfan!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The return of Eddie Brock., 24 May 2009
I had not read spiderman for some time before the one more day/brand new day story lines. I had not read anything on eddie brock as venom in even longer, however I do read thunderbolts where Matt Gargan is the host to the venom symbiote. I knew things we're different to what I had read of venom before.
The Thunderbolts are sent after spiderman, yes including venom. Also Eddie Brock appears st the f.e.a.s.t. centre dying of cancer, later having a miraculous recover he devlops new powers similar to those of venom, to which he is no longer bonded.
Some of the events would sound a little silly tyoed out but the execution is excellent. Writing is top notch and the art is even better.
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Spider-Man: New Ways To Die TPB (Graphic Novel Pb)
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