A review by crookedtreehouse
Amazing Spider-Man Epic Collection: Venom by


If you're, like me, doing a deep dive on Venom, and you decide to pick up this volume called "Venom" to get some serious Venom reading on, you're going to be disappointed. There is only one full issue involving Venom in this book. He has two brief cameos before issue #300, which is his sole featured appearance.

It's a Great Venom issue. The first battle between Parker and the Eddie Brock version of the symbiote is a solid 80s issue, pulling together several long term threads to explain why Eddie Brock now wears the suit. It's a great read, but not worth buying the whole book if you want to read stories about the character whose name is the subtitle of the book.

It is, however, an all around great era of Spider-Man stories. Starting off Peter Parker's time in The Mad Dog Ward (an asylum the Kingpin uses for assassins and to stash away some of his employees' loved ones so that nobody squeals on him), reuniting Parker with his briefly estranged Aunt May, moving Parker and Maryjane to a nice condo, and throwing in the usual smorgasboard of other heroe and villains. It's also some of Mcfarlane's best art on the title. His later stuff gets a bit grotesquely cartoony for me, but this run looks excellent.

If you were ever a fan of the late 80s Spider-Man stories, then this is The Collection to pick up.