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Review: Venom #162


Continuing the”Poison X” storyline, we last left our heroes as they were fighting Mancer and the young X-Men have now been infected by symbiotes and now time will tell how much this will effect them in the long run as the hunt for the pirates who kidnapped Corsair rages on.

Since “Poison X” is Cullen Bunn‘s story, it’s no surprise that for now, he’s writing the Venom ongoing as well rather than Mike Costa. And art duties are provided by Edgar Salarza and Ario Anindito with Jacopo Cagmagni handling art for the X-Men: Blue issues.

Now the designs of the symbiote X-Men are pretty cool to look at with variations on their forms including Beast looking like his adult furry counterpart except as a demon. But I think the best one designed is Cyclops with a nice callback to the design of adult Cyclops given his face has a big X across. And it helps that a lot of these characters realize the toxic influence the symbiotes are giving them.

Interestingly though, despite the fact that the X-Men don’t kill people, they still resort to extreme methods of interrogation like stealing a memory from Mancer to figure out what’s what about the symbiotes. And it’s Venom who calls them out on it. And the X-Men don’t even have a comeback so it’s very clear they know what but haven’t admitted yet. And that’s a fascinating angle to go with, so I appreciate the gray morality surrounding these characters as it’s clear they’re no better than each other despite their own senses of morality between Venom and the X-Men Blue team. It’s something I definitely hope Bunn will explore more with this team and this story arc as it goes on.

The artwork is different from X-Men: Blue slightly as this one has a more soft shading in comparison. Though Venom still looks as normal as he should. Nothing feels exaggerated especially on the symbiote side. Very much a lot of them look cool and very demonic in appearance which works for certain characters and the action is well staged even. And the colors by Dono Sanchez-Almara certainly give the proceedings plenty of dynamic to go with.

Venom #162 continues the story arc of “Poison X” in a decent direction thus far and I’m all on board to see where this is going. If you’ve been enjoying this arc, by all means, continue reading. Check it out!


Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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