Spider-Man: The Return of Anti-Venom Hardcover – Oct 19 2011
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Dan Slott is an American comic book writer best known for The Amazing Spider-Man, Mighty Avengers, Arkham Asylum: Living Hell and She-Hulk. He is the current writer of the twice monthly The Amazing Spider-Man. Dan lives in New York City.
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Peter's been hard at work balancing two superhero teams, a dream job and a steady relationship. This collection features the hectic schedule catching up to him, as his normal Spider-Man duties intervene.
The opening issue is told via the new Madame Web. It gives a quick summary of Spidey's origin and then features a comedic adventure in which Peter has to face a mind controlled Spider-Woman. There's a layer of ominousness added by the remote Madame Web and the story sets up some interesting threads for the upcoming Spider Island event.
Issues #663 and 664 are the titular Return of Anti-Venom story. This was extremely good, tying together several ongoing plotlines and focusing on reoccurring characters Mr. Negative, Wraith and Anti-Venom. There are lot of important developments and intriguing turns here. My one complaint is the direction of Peter's personal relationships, as he's been making some incredibly stupid decisions that are starting to make him unlikable. Not a good feeling to instill in the reader. That aside these are some of the best issues I've read of Slott's run.
We end with a tale about priorities that calls back to Peter's earliest days as Spider-Man and a couple of short "everyday life" side stories, one for Spidey and one for Peter. These were fine.
Overall a somewhat short but very good collection. I'm particularly looking forward to more with Wraith and Anti-Venom.