“Spider-Man: New Ways to Die” by Dan Slott (Author), Mark Waid (Author), John Romita Jr. (Illustrator), Adi Granov (Illustrator)

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by Dan Slott (Author), Mark Waid (Author), John Romita Jr. (Illustrator), Adi Granov (Illustrator)
Collecting: The Amazing Spider-Man 568-573
Published by Marvel Comics
July 1, 2009
192 pages

Every so often comic books have to reboot the storyline yet still keep in mind all continuity. Think about it, Peter Parker/Spider-Man has been a teenager since 1962. So the story has to be changed a little each time. This reboot, while being a soft reboot, will keep some of the old ideas and for an old fan may even turn some on their head. The gist of this book in particular is to create another character, Anti-Venom.

Norman Osborn (Green Goblin) is head of the group known as the Thunderbolts, a group of villains that have somewhat reformed and are fighting crime. One of the members of the Thunderbolts, Max Gargan, was formerly known as the Scorpion, one of Spidey’s enemies, now takes the mantle of Venom, and to become even cooler Gargan in his Scorpion suit takes on Venom. You have to know symbiotes to know how cool this is. Spider-man is the hated criminal, at least hated by Osborn, and is constantly trying defame the Spideman.

While the Venom symbiote latches on to every cell of its host, when it originally bonded with Eddie Brock it gave him cancer. While battling cancer Brock’s white blood cells/anti-bodies fight off the symbiotes lingering effects they combine with the symbiote remnants to create the killer of all symbiotes, Anti-Venom.

It’s great to get the comics in one story arc instead of having to wait month to month. That is why you’ll catch me always checking out these trade paperbacks and graphic novels

Publisher’s Summary

Spider-man takes on Mister Negative, Venom, and the Thunderbolts and finds his world turned upside down when villain Norman Osborne becomes a hero.