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Venom by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection

Good morning, everyone! Yesterday was Venom-tine’s Day, and I had a wonderful celebration! My brownie experiment (adding Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to a Ghiradelli brownie mix) turned out amazing, and I had a wonderful time re-watching the 2018 Venom movie. I also got to spend a little time playing LEGO Marvel Super Heroes on my PS4, which was a lot of fun. But I think my favorite part of the day was reading Venom by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection.

Venom by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection contains 18 sequential Venom comic books, which were written by Daniel Way and illustrated by Francisco Herrera, Paco Medina, Sean Galloway, and Skottie Young. The stories included in this collection are: “Shiver,” “Run,” “Patterns,” and “Twist.” All of these stories are connected, forming one central plot.

The collection focuses on a time when the Venom symbiote is separated from its usual host, Eddie Brock. When the symbiote escapes containment at an Ararat Corporation facility in Northern Canada, it begins heading across the country, taking and discarding a massive number of unsuitable hosts along the way. The symbiote is pursued by two interested parties, including an alien who claims he’s on a mission to destroy it, and a pair of clones who want to control it for some unknown purpose.

I thoroughly enjoyed this comic book collection! The plot was fast-paced and exciting, and I had a very hard time putting it down! One thing I really enjoyed about this particular book is that it includes a number of cameos by other Marvel Comics characters. Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Wolverine, and Nick Fury all make appearances at different points in the story. I always enjoy seeing Venom’s battles with Spider-Man, but it was awesome to see Venom go head-to-head with Wolverine!

The art in Venom by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection is excellent, and the stories are presented in full-color. Since there were multiple artists working on these comic books, there are some differences in character design and art styles throughout the collection. This is particularly noticeable between issues 13 and 14 (with the design for Nick Fury). Personally, I enjoyed seeing how the art styles changed, and I’d have a hard time choosing which style I liked best. They all worked really well for the story!

I do think that it is important to mention that there are some moments in this book which could cause emotional distress for readers, including unwanted sexual attention and a reference to a past sexual assault. There is also a considerable amount of violence depicted in this collection, the level of which is consistent with the book’s T+ rating.

If you are a fan of Marvel Comics, especially if you like the Venom character, I definitely recommend checking out Venom by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection. It’s a great read, which includes some fantastic characters and art. If you do have the opportunity to read this collection, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Happy reading!

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