Amazing Spider-Man #793 Review: Abysmal Dialogue and Humorless Jokes

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Spider-Man has been infected by Maniac's symbiote and is on a crime spree across New York. This has all been designed to draw out the Black Cat, whom has gone to ground.

Agent Anti-Venom is the only one who can save Spider-Man from the symbiote. Elsewhere, Black Cat has surfaced alongside Eddie Brock, who has been bonded to Venom once more.

Amazing Spider-Man #793 cover by Alex Ross
Amazing Spider-Man #793 cover by Alex Ross

Amazing Spider-Man #793 is definitely the most coherent of Dan Slott's offerings to Venom Inc. It has a straightforward narrative. The main thrust of it, which is the fairly predictable situation of Spider-Man being symbiote-infected once more, isn't a bad direction with which to take the comic.

But, Sweet Christmas, the dialogue is so bad. Spider-Man is often recognizable for his sense of humor, but his jokes are so bad throughout the comic. There is a lengthy bit of him making putrid letter-puns while beating Anti-Venom with the Daily Bugle sign. It's so bad.

The ending — twist, if that's what it's supposed to be, takes the comics off the rails once again with an attempt to up the stakes. The Five Families are the target of Lee Price's crusade. Suddenly this is a story about nondescript global mafiosos and no longer just about the problems with the symbiotes.

I'll give credit to bringing back Andi and remembering her Hellmark from Cullen Bunn's stint on Venom. I'm glad to see her still have a role in this comic. However, this plot is really becoming more and more aimless.

Amazing Spider-Man #793 art by Ryan Stegman and Brian Reber
Amazing Spider-Man #793 art by Ryan Stegman and Brian Reber

Ryan Stegman's artwork is pretty good in this issue. He makes Venom and Anti-Venom look quite cool. Maniac's motif is simple yet solid. He has moments where depth and detail are shown very well. Brian Reber's color art is solid too, and this is an overall decent-looking comic book.

I could tentatively recommend this one, even with the increasingly convoluted plotline. However, the dialogue sinks this ship. I wouldn't even still be reading this if it weren't for the fact that I've already read half of Venom Inc. The humor is insufferable, and the solid artwork can't save it. Give this one a pass.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.