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"Venom #15" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Cullen Bunn
Illustrated by Iban Coello with Alberto Alburquerque & Roberto Poggi
Colored by Andres Mossa
Lettered by Clayton Cowles
2019, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on June 12th, 2019


Venom is back thanks to some Asgardian magic, and he's ready to fight back all the monsters that Malekith has brought to our world. Of course, that wasn't exactly what the War Witches had in mind when they gave him that power, so in an effort to get even, they gave similar abilities to his old enemy, Jack O'Lantern. The two are fighting an all-out war in the center of the city as the War of the Realms rages on all around the world.

This tie-in to Marvel's latest big event, War of the Realms feels a bit odd. Overall, it doesn’t really do anything to advance Venom's overall narrative or the story in the event. Sure, we got some cool action sequences, but that's about it. It's a tie-in to have a tie-in. Since I'm more of a Venom reader than a Thor reader, I don't yet know if this has any larger repercussions in the event, but judging from this issue, it's more of a quick detour on the road to Absolute Carnage later this summer.

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That being said, it is pretty cool to see Venom and Jack O'Lantern mixed with Asgardian magic. Artist Iban Coello takes two of the scariest looking characters in the Marvel Universe and imbues them with mystical energy. This is what Norse monsters must look like.

Venom's costume changes over time to become more like a warrior's armor. This is a change from the more supernatural-looking version we saw when this storyline began. It's a little more noble, which is fitting given how he's moved to protect the innocent people of the city from these beasts, yet he's unable to totally silence the monster within.

Letterer Clayton Cowles reminds us of this caged beast with word balloons surrounded in rough, thicker lines. This brings to mind a gravelly voice, like Venom is growling at his attacker, despite his good intentions.

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Jack O'Lantern is more like a being of fire. He commands the flames with ease and confidence, ready to burn anything and everything down to the ground if it means getting his hands on Venom. Colorist Andres Mossa makes Jack O'Lantern look absolutely terrifying. He glows with an otherworldly horror, like his flames are coming from Hell itself. This also covers his face so you're unable to read his expressions, but you can tell that he's delighting in the chaos he's spreading.

In the end, Eddie Brock walks away from this battle, not because of Asgardian magic, but because of his own wits and strength. Considering what's waiting for him around the corner, he's going to need that. Venom #15 wraps up this little quest through War of the Realms, which has taken over every other book from Marvel for the past month or so. Writer Cullen Bunn turned in a solid overall story, but it takes away from the great momentum the series has built up until this point. This makes me question the need for tie-ins like this.


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Art: fourstars
Overall: 3.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
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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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