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Nature of the beast,
This review is from: Spider-Man: Birth of Venom (Graphic Novel) (Paperback)
The whole alien costume thing ran over a span of a good few years and therefore a good fiew issues and so it was inevitable that a telling of the storey that was going to be reasonably compact was going to be unsatisfying to a degree.
Don't get me wrong, it does what it says on the tin and, to be fair, you get more that I perhaps originally anticipated, but I guess it's how it's all brought together that means that the whole is not really the some of it's parts.
For instance, you get reprints of entire issues that involve a Spidey-Hobgoblin-Jack o Lanturn arc that just finishes because, I imagine, the latter parts have no connection to the alien costune saga. However, the inclusion of the issues of this arc that are reprinted here seem soley based on the fact that Spidey is wearing the alien costume. Apart from the odd panel where Peter comments on how tired he's feeling and how weird the properties of the costume are - that's it. Also there's the fact that Spidey gets rid of the Symbiote, puts on the old red and blues, and then we find that a bit later, he's back in a 'normal' version of the black costume without that decision ever being shown or explained.
So, it feels like the inclusion criteria are a bit unevenly administered and having pages or a couple of pages from issues here and there out of context does spoil it a bit - but most of the full issues that are included are great.