* To those who do not know what they're about to read. Well, here's your warning. The following is just Zechs being Zechs. Grammatical errors are bound to happen you down three bottles of This Ain't Your Dad's Root Beer trying to comprehend the garbage you read. So there. You've been warned. Anything now is on your head for not following the warning.
So before I go into this. I guess another warning is needed. Those looking for a numerical system as per my other reviews best look else. These sorts of reviews were made originally in the forums. Yet, some folk above me love me blurting out raw brutally honest shit, and rather have that be on the front page. Further, yes Secret Empire #0 is an easy target. It's so easy to criticize and just tear it apart. But that's the nature of what we do. To critique and criticize.
There is no Nick Spencer crusade from me. I give equal bashing to all who truly deserve it. This is coming from a man who kind of enjoys getting into trouble. It just so happens Secret Empire #0 is written by him and it just come's down to me being utterly broken by Marvel at this point when it come's to events. Please, no more events.
That said, the problems go deeper than just events for me. Even the "regular" comics like Venom #6 are even flawed as well, and quite possibly is the worst Marvel comic being published today. I've covered this comic twice already in a past column and in the forum post (that lead to this inspiration of this very column). I keep swearing it off. Yet again, powers beyond me love me watching train wrecks and they deem this book to be a massive one, and I can't really say they're wrong in that regard.
This series is bad. And once again, all the traits that have been the series low points rear their head here. Continuity? Thrown out the window. For basically two prior ongoings Eddie Brock hated symbiotes ( ironically he was later forcefully bound to one again with Toxin). But nope. Gone. He really misses his old partner.
Speaking of the symbiote. That peace loving trait that was installed in the previous ongoing plus Venom's (Flash Thompson) tenure in Guardians of the Galaxy? Gone. Okay, I'll admit I won't shed any sort of tears with this one being quickly brushed under (given that this was a ludicrous retcon to begin with having the symbiotes be revealed as peaceful beings and the Venom symbiote just had a hard life). Likewise, it's now sudden renewed hatred of Spider-Man.
I can live with these retcons. The funny thing is. I haven't gone onto this comic since whatever issue and it feels like I've missed absolutely nothing. The main character who is just so goddamn forgettable, yet somehow. Someway. Writer Mike Costa thinks we give a hint of care toward this freaking character whose name escapes me and I just put the comic down. Does anyone at this point who reads this comic care about this character? I would probably guess the answer is a resounding, NOPE!
But the truly hilarious (unintentional) moment of the comic come's when the symbiote just bites this character and ditches him. After what? This character using his ranger training to subdue the symbiote.
I've come to the conclusion that this series is nothing more than the result of someone wishing it to be with a monkey's paw. All the traits of it being one are here. Someone wanted Eddie Brock back as Venom. Okay, you got that, but the character's being written by an awful writer. Oh, and you have to stomach this idiot character for six issues, and it looks like he'll be your series main antagonist (that bite is so gonna result in another symbiote. I swear to Carnage. Speaking of which. How is it freaking Carnage had the better-written ongoing just a few months ago?!).
Then there's this comic is selling well. At this point, it has to be on the artist or the character alone. Cause it sure as hell isn't because of the writing. Unless because the writing is so bad it is entertaining to some. That would explain a few things. Eh, if anything, I guess one can be semi-hopeful for next month's anniversary issue. Fans of Flash's time as Venom get their answers at long last on how he lost the symbiote. You get the creative pair who wrote
Eh, if anything, I guess one can be semi-hopeful for next month's anniversary issue. Fans of Flash's time as Venom get their answers at long last on how he lost the symbiote (speaking more on Flash. I cold shiver went down my spine when I read in the letter column that this comic has BIG PLANS for Flash. Two words you never want to hear a company say about a character cause that means basically bad things). You get the creative pair who wrote Venom: Lethal Protector in the 90s. That's something at least.
But this ongoing? How it sells by just character alone is just astounding. Cause it sure as hell due to the writing. Hopefully, this is the final time I even review this comic. Also, some might complain of me harping too much on Marvel lately. So next week, I will turn my attention to DC Comics. Now if you'll excuse me. I need to surf the web to cleanse myself from this garbage. Yeeeessss, SURF THE WEB!!! SURF THE WEB!!!