The Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc. Alpha #1
Writers: Dan Slott & Mike Costa.
Artist: Ryan Stegman.
Color Artist: Brian Reber.
What you should know:
Writers Dan Slott and Mike Costa joined together to write Venom Inc., a following series that will continue on The Amazing Spider-Man #792 and Venom #159, the latter being a story that maybe seem’s a little bit familiar.
Well, I feel that this book is surprisingly better than I expected, but that doesn’t mean it is worth a lot to me and I will tell you why.
To get started, I feel this is very lackluster, with elements appearing just because it needs to start and continue someway. In other words, I think it’s lazy writing. Even with that, I feel the most interesting part of it will be the plot around Flash and Eddie because I like both characters.
The presence of Spider-Man here feels unnecessary; they could have easily went and tried other ways to tell the story without Spidey this time or introduced him to the plot in a different way. Speaking about Spidey, we see the appearance of one of the fan-favorite female characters of the Spider-Man mythos, one of my favorite comic girls if you ask me: Black Cat. But sadly, she is completely destroyed in development, characterization and core, mostly because of the the Kelly ASM issues are back to ruins by Dan Slott (honorary mention to Kevin Smith and others). She is one of the things I say are only here because it needs to continue somehow, no matter what irrelevant it is at this point of the story.
But I’m not gonna lie, the story feels connected, just in a completely poor way to me.
Also considering what happened in the other current Spidey series, this dynamic between some characters reminds a lot of the Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man by Peter David, more specifically the Back in Black era.
Venom Inc. has the same problem that the most Spider-Man and Spider-Man-related concepts and comics today have: to be nothing new, or at least nothing that we really haven’t seen before and thousand times better written.
With all that being said, why do I feel this was better than I expected? Well, it’s because this isn’t necessarily offensive. Yeah, I detected problems in some of the characterizations, but not the great problems the average Spider-Man character has these days since One More Day and Brand New Day. This is including Black Cat and how I hate how she stills like an awful character and not the character she’s supposed to be (like in Marvel Knights Spider-Man, but that’s old stuff) and Peter not even acting like the manchild he is or the clown he was in the first 5 Zdarsky’s Spectacular Spider-Man comics.
Now, I really want to talk about Mr. Ryan Stegman’s art. He deserves some talk because his work is really good, it’s not perfect of course, but my God, just see this beauty. This is probably the best part of the book. Stegman’s a great Spider-Man artist in my opinion; it has life, color (Reber colors really make it punchy, but feels connected most of the time with other colorist, Renew Your Vows for example) and creates an immediate visual impact. I’m very excited to see more of his work in the upcoming Venom Inc. I really love Stegman.