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Spirits of Venom (Spider-Man) (Ghost Rider) (Marvel Comics) Paperback – December, 1993
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Collects Web of Spider-Man #95-96 and Ghost Rider Blaze Spirits of Vengeance #5-6. Written by Howard Machie. Art by Alex Saviuk and Adam Kubert. It's Venom vs. Ghost Rider vs. Demogoblin vs. Johnny Blaze, and stuck in the middle of it all is your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man! Cover by Adam Kubert. Includes a bonus pin-up gallery. Softcover, 96 pages, full color.
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However, this edition lacks some "preliminaries", so as to speak. Marvel should have included the capturing of Hogoblin and why the Ghost Rider and Blaze had been tracking The Troll and The Hag. The way it is put gives it an "out of the blue" feeling, especially to those who are unaware of such facts.
Marvel was pushing there darker toned book Spirits of Vengeance so they had Johnny Blaze and Ghost Rider meet up with Spider Man and Venom (The story was so/so) it was mostly interesting due to Blaze and G.R. interacting with Venom
Spider Man is just a lame duck (I know millions of people love the friendly neighborhood spider man) Never seen it he is only interesting cause of his villains as a character he is one dimensional and flat out lame
a reporter/paparazzo that doubles as a super hero in tights (sounds familiar......)
If you are a fan of the early Midnight Sons stuff this was interesting at the time (But, the original S.O.V. Cover art was so cool looking)
This not as good! or just look around and buy the four original comic books that make up the cross-over you'd probably save money $15.00 for four mid 1990's back issues in a collection is pretty expensive (I'm pretty sure the four original comics never went up in value) $1.50 a pop x 4 do the math or pay $15.00 for a overpriced collection
This is the way to kick off and end an action packed mag; start off simple, end simple, keep it short, with no annoying characters. There is absolutely nothing mind bending or topsy turvy about this. Everything flows well from go and the guest appearances work well into the story in every way. Spirits of Venom is a trade paper back that captures the four part Spider-Man and Ghost Rider crossover; which took place in Web of Spider-Man #95 - #96 and Spirits of Vengeance # 5 - #6. The stories continue and tie up storylines that carried over to here.
The story is action packed from almost the very first pages up until the end. I enjoyed the artwork overall, with Spirits of Vengeance being slightly better than Web of Spider-Man. Although the action wasn't too imaginative, there was more than enough fist action going on with Blaze blasting his Hellfire gun to provide the style. There were plenty of fights with the Deathspawn, who are dark figures that resemble shadows and can even go through walls. They become a threat when they solidify and they even feed off humans. Other fights took place with the acting Deathspawn leaders Hag and Troll, as well as other confrontations between Ghost Rider/Venom, Spider-Man/Demogoblin, Venom/Doppleganger, and eventually Spider-Man and Venom. It was pretty easy to follow the action through the panels along with the dialogue bubbles. Speaking of the dialogue, the interactions added to the fun, with Venom going on with his brain and spleen eating talk. There was never a dull moment, and the character designs were also a plus, with some sick artwork on Venom's mouth wide opened while laughing.
There is a bit of story going on here; the central plot mainly evolves around Ghost Rider villain Deathwatch, who happens to be the true leader of the Deathspawn. His servants Hag and Troll seek to steal his dead body from Ghost Rider, and use the Deathspawn, along with the life force of many people to revive him. Deathwatch was originally killed by Ghost Rider single-handedly in Ghost Rider # 25. Venom fits in because he was in hot pursuit of Hag and Troll to make them pay for murder, plus, he had recently escaped the Guardsmen.
Although there are several stray events mentioned along with various footnotes. The story is still easy to follow and understand. There are some small story points that are cleared up in much later issues, such as the reason why Spider-Man couldn't fire Blaze's Hellfire gun. But this is such a small issue that it doesn't hurt the story at all. For the most part, the bigger things are tied up here giving this story some immediate closure and that's always a good thing.
Normally, I don't really care for these all out action arcs. But what makes this story stand out when compared to let's say, Spider-Man: Round Robin, are the interesting characters, action, and lack of corniness. Spirits of Venom is at least a good read for fans of these characters. The pacing is splendid, it isn't dialogue heavy, and the character interactions have their stand out moments. Recommended.
Pros: Loads of action, pretty good guest stars, doesn't require too much knowledge, real good pacing
Cons: Some artwork is a miss, a few unexplained small details
There's quite a bit going on here, most of it fighting - these four issues are little more than one massive action scene. The villains are all B-list and C-list (Ghost Rider's rogues' gallery tends to pretty obscure, even for serious comic fans), and the story never manages to feel significant. What little plotting there is is totally contrived: whoever needs to show up for the story to progress at a given point just drops in.
The dialogue is pretty rough, even by comic standards. Venom and Demogoblin are on one-note rants through the entire story (Venom's like a wise-cracking zombie and Demogoblin's a religious nut-job). Much of the rest is stiff and formulaic.
The art here is generally good, and, given the story, a definite plus. Saviuk's long run on Web of Spider-Man was always solid, if never spectacular. Kubert's art is more stylized, more detailed, more cinematic, and, overall, superior.
On the whole, Spirit of Venom is a passably entertaining mess, a model of quantity over quality. Unless you're a huge fan of both Spider-Man and Ghost Rider, you won't be missing much if you pass on this one.