Can Venom continue to be awesome without Rick Remender at the helm? Read on to find out.
The official description from Marvel:
• The Avengers task Venom with bringing in Damion Hellstrom – but who are THE MONSTERS OF EVIL?!
• Rising star Cullen Bunn (WOLVERINE) teams with the Spider-verse’s newest young gun, Thony Silas (ENDS OF THE EARTH) for a new dawn in the life of Flash Thompson!
The latest issue of Venom is nowhere deep as the previous outing, but it’s certainly entertaining in its own right. From Devil Worshipers to a wonderful cliffhanger, this first issue by a new creative team is the perfect jumping on point for new readers as the adventures of everyone’s favorite symbiote-clad Avenger continue here.
With questions of morality and sin, this little arc kicks off in simplistic fashion while slowly (hopefully) marching toward something greater. Cullen Bunn delivers a fun script that makes play of the pieces on the board will informing new readers about the broad-stroke highlights of what’s happened so far in the series. It’s not a perfect narrative, as it falls victim to some bad dialogue and overly simplistic story structure, but it still maintains the chaotic feel that Venom fans have come to appreciate.
The art by Thony Silas fits the story quite well. From panels of the symbiote in pain to bullets being melted mid-air, the simple line work and lightly detailed characters inform a vibrant world that’s ripe with possibilities. I have to admit though, when I got to the final page and saw the closing panel I jumped for joy at the prospect of what might be coming in the next issue mostly because of the artists rendition of that final shot.
Venom #23 continues the concepts perfected by Rick Remender, by making use of a dark but engaging hero that’s just trying to do the best he can. Recommended.