Venom: Shit... I mean Shiver: A Scathing Review in Which I Bitch about Daniel Way, Mangaesque Art, and Marvel Editors

http://www.comicbookdb.com/graphics/comic_graphics/1/178/90193_20070410092139_large.jpg Wow. What the fuck lame! First, I'm a bit pissed because I read this TPB in less than an hour. Seriously. There should be more packed into five issues. Daniel Way is not the only comics writer guilty of this. On the other hand, I'm glad it took me so little time to read this, because it's crap not worth my time. No wonder I stopped reading it after the first issue when that first came out (glad I didn't pay for it).

My main problem with Daniel Way: He does not have the ability (or doesn't use it) to make me care about the characters he writes. Truly. There's a reason I've not read more of his body of work. At least with the first arc of Wolverine Origins, I though it was cool and wanted to know what was going to happen next. I'd read each issue during my last months working at Collectors Kingdom. Sometime later I brought the first three TPBs thinking I'd enjoy the first arc again, and that I'd like the other two stories. Not really though. I wanted to know what was going to happen next, but that is where m interest ended. I've read one or two singles issues since, that I bought for pennies to the dollar. . Maybe they read better on their own, once in a while.

About the only work of his I liked was the three issue Hawkeye (Bullseye) arc in Deadpool. I liked that a lot, but Bullseye: Greatest Hits didn't float my boat much either. Cool start, but meh... His Deadpool in general is not for me. I'm not on the Deadpool craze, but I have cared about the character in the past when Waid and Nicieza wrote him. Joe Kelly lost me long before Way.

My second huge problem with this book is the art. This Umberto Ramos clone crap. This mangaesque style works sometimes for mainstream superhero comics, but not often. Characters like Spider-Man look acceptable in this manner, but in a book that's supposed to be scary like John Carpetner's The Thing movie, this art did not work. I know Marvel editors like artists who can get a job done on time, sometimes more than they are concerned if the art fits the tone of the story, but c'mon!

The one thing I liked is Sam Keith's covers. Those are not really creepy, but his style is perfect for Venom or some symbiote, possibly of his species as this was not explained in this arc.

Now I'm pissed I'm spending more time writing this than it took to read the book. Fuck. This book is now on my Sequential Swap trade page. I hope no one reads this review before requesting it.

Thanks to The Comicbook Database for the cover image. I think they're winning the database war going on in my head, only the site keeps freezing up lately.