Rick Remender‘s final issue of Venom is here, but does he close out his run with a whimper or a bang? Read on to find out.
The official description from Marvel:
THE SAVAGE SIX TOOK THEIR SHOT – NOW VENOM TAKES HIS!
• With his darkest secrets exposed to those he loves, Flash Thompson has one name on his hit list: Jack O’Lantern!
• Series co-creator Rick Remender takes his final bow while Declan Shalvey (DARK AVENGERS) joins the book for Flash Thompson’s defining hour as a hero!
Taking an overused villain from the 90′s and re-inventing the character as something else entirely is a difficult enough task, but Rick Remender found a way to completely evolve Venom from a one-note over-used super villain to a Secret Avenger. Now that his time with the character has come to an end there’s just one question on every fans mind, did he end his run right? And the short answer is: yes.
Rick Remender makes his final issue a personal opus for the character he’s redefined over the last two years. I know many of you may be assuming that I mean Venom, but I’m actually highlighting Eugene “Flash” Thompson. This man who was once an utterly uninteresting bully has been constantly redefined at whim by several previous Spider-Man writers, but until this book he’s never been so thoroughly and honestly explored. The end result is we finally have a Venom host that might just outshine the original, by accomplishing things Eddie Brock just never could.
Declan Shalvey steps in as guest artist, and I’m so glad he did. His panel work and chaotic but clean style perfectly flows with the script, yielding a look that’s completely befitting of both the story and the protagonist. His Venom is an amalgamation of what the series has established visually, but there are moments were he further explores the potential style of the character. The end result is a brooding visual treat that will surely please fans.
Venom #22 is for me, the whole package. It earns the score I give it not because it’s a perfect issue, but due to the fact that it delivers an emotionally strong finish with the right amount of necessary style. Highly recommended.