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1.0 out of 5 stars Please don't buy this., 29 July 2013
Paul McNamee "Rambleast Reviews" (North Ireland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Venom: The Enemy Within (Paperback)
Here's the problem with miniseries - they're a completely transparent way of making money. Miniseries are comics publishers' way of addressing you and saying "we want more of your money". There is absolutely no reason for the three miniseries collected in this book to exist other than for Marvel to milk Venom's popularity by way of your bank account. While it's a shame I had to take the plunge to confirm this for you, at least I can rest knowing maybe I can help prevent anyone else buying this book, because it is AWFUL.

In Funeral Pyre, Tom Lyle turns in his typically effort-devoid art over an abysmally scripted story about gang warfare on the streets of San Fransisco, where Venom's been living since Lethal Protector. The Madness sees Batman cover artist Kelley Jones rendering Venom and Juggernaut anatomically senseless over a waffly script by the usually dependable Ann Noncenti, and The Enemy Within, which features appearances from nobody's favourite Demogoblin and 70s holdover Morbius isn't even worth mentioning, but I have done anyway.

The one saving grace of this tome is Peter David's Incredible Hulk Vs. Venom, which is excellent throwaway fluff with a sense of humour and quite rare in its native floppy form so maybe - just MAYBE - worth owning this book for if you're a Hulk completist. If you're a Venom completist, well, you have my sympathies. There are good Venom minis from later in the decade, such as the superb Sinner Takes All, but as yet no further collections have been announced.
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Venom: The Enemy Within by Ann NOCENTI (Paperback - 16 July 2013)
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