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"Web of Venom: Wraith #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Donny Cates
Illustrated by Guiu Villanova
Colored by Dean White
Lettered by Clayton Cowles
2020, 36 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on September 9th, 2020

Review:

Knull is coming. I know it. You know it. Eddie Brock knows it. The Marvel Universe is unprepared for the symbiote god as he begins his journey to Earth. While he's searching for Venom, someone is searching for him. The mysterious Wraith has been on the hunt for Knull, but is he prepared for what he may find?

I've always liked Wraith since he first appeared back in Annihilation: Conquest. He looks pretty badass, like a space cowboy. His inner narration definitely speaks to that. Writer Donny Cates captures the mysterious allure of the character well as he looks for answers across the stars, bringing him face to face with Knull.

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The downside to Wraith is that he's just obscure enough that he can serve as cannon fodder without disrupting much. In wrestling terms, it's like a jobber getting a shot at the heavyweight championship. There's no way he's going to pull off a win, but there's an air of disbelief that maybe, just maybe he'll come out on top. That mindset is perfectly captured in Web of Venom: Wraith.

Artist Guiu Villanova leans into that space western motif with Wraith's dark, flowing costume shown against the far reaches of space and desolate landscape. This is very much a lone gunman look and it works really well. He is painted as this entity of strange power, ready to face down death itself if it means finally finding some semblance of peace.

Wraith always has an edge to him, but that is completely dwarfed by Knull. Although the symbiote god is tall and skinny, he exudes power. You just know he could kill you with a thought. There's a manic energy to him as well. It's pure evil. Letterer Clayton Cowles uses a scratchy font etched in word balloons that look like they're carved into the page. It conveys the pure monstrous aspect of Knull.

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Colorist Dean White captures the eerie quality of the stars in Web of Venom: Wraith. You get an immediate sense of just how alone this man is in his quest. He's surrounded by nothingness and, more importantly, there is no one around to help him. Klyntar, the home of the symbiotes, is painted like a desolate husk of pure death. It's a dark harbinger for what is in store for the rest of the Marvel Universe.

Web of Venom: Wraith drops some hints as to what we can expect for King in Black, the comic that will usher in the arrival of Knull on Earth. This is the appetizer to the main course and there is so much more to dig into.

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Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
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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