Comic Book Review – Spider-Man & Venom: Double Trouble #1

Cover to Spider-Man and Venom: Double Trouble #1, featuring Spider-Man and Venom
Cover to Spider-Man and Venom: Double Trouble #1. Comic book cover by Gurihiru.

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Credits:

  • Writer – Mariko Tamaki
  • Artist – Gurihiru
  • Letterer – VC’s Travis Lanham
  • Cover – Gurihiru
  • Variant Cover Artists – Jen Bartel, Logan Lubera, Rachelle Rosenberg, Arthur Adams, Edgar Delgado [Connecting], Paulina Ganucheau
  • Logo Design – Adam Del Re
  • Assistant Editor – Danny Khazem
  • Editor – Devin Lewis
  • Executive Editor – Nick Lowe
  • Editor in Chief – C.B. Cebulski
  • Chief Creative Officer – Joe Quesada
  • President – Dan Buckley
  • Executive Producer – Alan Fine
  • Spider-Man created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko

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This was a new one for me. Looking at the cover, I didn’t entirely know what to expect. My inner child was pleasantly surprised, while the comic book nerd in me was cringing a bit. So what makes this series so different from all of the other comic books? Well, we already have plenty of different universes in the Marvel-verse, and this comic book definitely takes place in an alternate universe. Only instead of black being white and up being down, in this universe Spider-Man and Venom are The Odd Couple. They’re Bert and Ernie. Spider-Man and Venom are roommates in a kid’s cartoon, only it’s in comic book form.

The art is really interesting. The first page shows Spider-Man with some major thunder-calfs. It’s all very cartoon-y and almost like Manga. One might classify it as a westernized Manga.

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You are now exiting the spoiler-free zone. Do yourself a favor and stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers.

So it begins and Spidey, for one reason or another, is singing his own theme song while web-slinging across New York. At the same time, Venom is singing HIS own theme song while causing chaos. Green Goblin makes a brief, almost pointless appearance before he’s almost literally shoved off-screen by Venom. Parker does his standard web-up-the-jewelry-store-robbers shtick and then goes grocery shopping while in-costume.

More singing. Jeez!

Venom greets Spider-Man at home. Then it turns into a sitcom as you learn that Parker has been allowing Venom to stay in his apartment. As per Venom’s modus operandi, give him a hand, and he’ll take the whole body. And that’s exactly what he does! I’ll let you read the book to find out what I mean by that.

Ghost Spider lives downstairs from them. Venom’s trash, which he has been throwing out his window, has been landing in her plants and turned them all into monsters. We get a cool Candy Land-like board game panel. It has a lot going on, but I feel it has a lot going for it as well. The artwork is fantastic, if different than the norm. The comic book gets really cheesy at times, but as long as you know not to take it too seriously, it’s a decent read.

I recommend this comic book for a change of pace! The art is wild and the story is a very fresh take on an old rivalry.

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