The Vindication of Venom Part 1: Introduction and Background Context
This essay series is
my attempt to address some of the criticisms surrounding the most famous
Spider-Man villain of all time, Venom.
To be specific I will be tackling the original earliest portrayal of the character from Amazing Spider-Man #300 and the criticisms levelled at him in that issue.
I am not endeavouring here to look at the Lethal Protector era of Venom, the Daniel Way run of Venom or even versions of Venom from later on in the David Michelinie run of Spider-Man and make a case for why they aren’t so bad.
Fair warning, not only will there be SPOILERS if you’ve not read many Venom tales but this series as a whole is very lengthy. I will also be reusing images throughout these posts as reminders or to illustrate different points so apologies there. The same goes for some of my general points.
With that all said let’s kick off by laying down some foundations for what is to come.