Ultimate Spider-Man
#11 - Venom Attack (aka "Venomous")

Original Airdate - June 22nd, 2012
Things get personal for Spidey when his best friend Harry Osborn, and Harry's father Norman, find themselves in the middle of a conflict with one of Spidey's greatest foes, Venom.

Ultimate Spider-Man stars Drake Bell (Drake & Josh) as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chi McBride (Boston Public) as Nick Fury, Clark Gregg (Iron Man, Thor, The Avengers) as Agent Coulson, JK Simmons (Spider-Man) as J. Jonah Jameson, Steven Weber (Wings) as Norman Osborn, Greg Cipes (Teen Titans, Ben 10) as Danny Rand/Iron Fist, Ogie Banks as Luke Cage/Power Man, Caitlyn Taylor Love (I'm In The Band) as Ava Ayala/White Tiger, Logan Miller (I'm In The Band) as Sam Alexander/Nova, Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants) as Doctor Octopus, Matt Lanter (Star Wars: The Clone Wars) as Harry Osborn/Flash Thompson, Tara Strong (The Fairly Odd Parents) as Mary-Jane Watson, Misty Lee (Batman: Arkham City) as Aunt May, and recurring guest star Stan Lee (Spider-Man) as Stan the Janitor.

"Venom Attack" was written by Man of Action and directed by Phil Pignotti.

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Review by Kumori Myu-Jishan

Episode eleven and we already see Harry/Venom returning for another round with ol’ new Webhead. To summarize the whole episode, it’s D-lister villain gets beaten, Fury orders something, the team is acting opposite to what is expected the audience would want, Spidey seeks justice and the opposite to what the team wants, he disobeys Fury, he messes up, the team get together, they beat the villain and they “learn” another “lesson”. Oh, and a lot of bad humor in between, plus the not-interesting cutaway gags.

But does this episode have a shred of good in it? It does, but in very small bits. The relationship between Harry and Norman is again addressed here, but the poor performance from either VA killed it all too often to call it decent. Another plus would be the fight sequences, but those with Spidey and Venom, not those with the team. Whenever any of the four fought Venom – and not just Venom; this occurred in several episodes prior to this one with different villains – they looked like a bunch of crippled locusts jumping around in a shallow puddle. Not to mention the distortion of most of the character models during animation. Either they look too pudgy or too fat (I had the same problem with the Wolverine episode). But as I’ve already mentioned, the fights between Spidey and Venom were decent enough to watch. The moment Venom got blasted by thunder even looked painful.

Sadly, nothing more can be said about the show that’s actually noteworthy. Except that the lame jokes and cutaway gags are killing it, and not even softly. Hopefully they’ll refrain from that in the second season, though I have no high hopes about that.

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