Browsing around the market the other day and you know what I saw? You don't? Come on, I'll give you three Guesses...
Still don't know?
It was The Astonishing Spider-Man issue #71! Horray!
I remember I used to buy comic books when I was a kid, and I knew I was for a looooong wait at the post office, so I thought, what the hell, let's waste £3 on it.
Putting the whimsical humour and the fact that it was oddly well written aside; when I got back to my house to put it away, I drew out one of my older Spider-Man comics. The last one I had bought, actually.
|To think that after 13 years, they only moved forward 30 issues?|
It's nice, and kind of odd, to see how much has changed (granted, it has been over 200 issues of The Amazing Spider-Man.) Venom has a new face, J. Jonah Jameson is the mayor of New York and... Actually, that's about it. Oh yeah, Ben Reily is no longer Spider-Man anymore, but I'm sure you all already knew that, (Who? Ben Reily?! Who's that?!) Ben Reily was Spider-Man when I was a kid, I never had Peter Parker like the rest of you.
|Ah, how things change, how colours invert.|
Actually, I'm quite surprised how much I liked Anti-Venom. When I had first heard about him I didn't think much, but he's actually a very refreshing and likeable character. What I don't like however, is whoever is the new Venom, (More specifically, I think that the artist who drew that comic, taken from Venom's own series was horrifically bad.) That is, the old symbiote Venom now has a new host, but he pales in comparison to the classic Eddie Brock/Venom combo, (not that I have knowledge past sentiment enough to actually judge. But Eddie Brock was always kind of... funny, and you knew he was a good guy underneath, the modern Venom seems a bit more Carnage-eqsue, and his loathing for Spider-Man seems to have been a bit Flanderized.)
|'"Seem's,'Madam? Nay, it is. I know not 'seems.'"|
All in all, the plot was surprisingly strong, (who know... for a comic book...) Except end part the part they took from Venom's series, (I really should have mentioned, the book contains three individually published comics, The Amazing Spider-Man vol. #664, The Amazing Spider-Man vol. #665 and Venom #3.)
One thing I didn't get however, was this: