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"Venom #13" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Iban Coello
Colored by Andres Mossa
Lettered by Clayton Cowles
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on April 24th, 2019

Review:

The War of the Realms has stretched far and wide to the point where even Eddie Brock can't avoid it. As monsters from across the ten realms descend upon our world, Eddie just wants to find a safe place to lay low with his son, Dylan. He can't quite bring himself to do this when there are innocent people getting attacked by dark elves. Even though he's been separated from his symbiote, he's still going to put himself in harm's way to protect those that need help.

I will admit that I'm not too hot on the War of the Realms event. Presenting a street level take on it through Venom might be my way, especially with how writer Cullen Bunn seems to emphasize the more monstrous elements at work. We know that this is a war, but this is particularly gruesome.

While Eddie Brock is an interesting enough character to carry a series, we can all safely admit that we're here for his “other.” Not to spoil too much, but Eddie is given another chance at connecting with a symbiote, albeit a foreign one and the results are pretty insane. Artist Iban Coello has designed something truly horrifying. It's an Asgardian take on the Venom we know and love. Mystical runes spiral around his body while crystals bulge out of his arms and legs. All of this surrounds a skinnier, more sickly looking version of the anti-hero, giving him an even more menacing look.

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It's creepy enough seeing this Venom striking a pose, but seeing him in action is another story altogether. What is really unsettling is just how skinny this version is. His hip bones and rib cage stick out, like this symbiote is just barely covering a skeleton. Seeing it hack and slash through monsters from other worlds while fire and smoke billow in the background is a sight. It's like Hell has descended upon the city.

Colorist Andres Mossa brings this fire and brimstone to life in a pretty frightening manner. It shines an eerie light on Venom's darkness. The runes on Venom really stand out in all this too as they glow with an unsettling blue, like they're casting all kinds of terrible spells to keep this monster going and to weaken anyone that would oppose it.

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Since this is War of the Realms, we're dealing with Asgardian speak and letterer Clayton Cowles delivers that perfectly. The font used for all these mystical creatures is ancient and proper. You stand a little straighter when you're reading it as it invokes a kind of seriousness, even with the creepier beasts. This contrasts well with Venom's rough speech, coming out like a growl with black, roughly-shaped word balloons.

While this is a departure from the incredible run this series has had so far, it's far from an unwelcome one. Venom isn't dead center in War of the Realms, but he wouldn't fit in there anyway. This shows just how far and wide this is reaching that even someone like this can get caught up in it. This is a horror take on this big event, showing us some truly terrifying monsters while keeping the scariest one of them all right in the middle with a long tongue lashing out in a sinister grin.

Grades:

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Art: Fourandahalfstars
Overall: Fourstars

About The Author
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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