Review: Venom #18
“Absolute Carnage” continues within the pages of Venom #18 with lots of action and some solid humor.
Donny Cates gives us a comic that feels like it stands on its own with the “Absolute Carnage” event. Dylan and Normie Osborn are still with the Maker as we learn about Sleeper. But, the focus is on the Maker who we all know is up to something more than he’s letting on.
Cates is able to mix humor and action to deliver a comic that feels like it’s solidly paced and just pure entertainment. This is a comic you can pick up and just enjoy, no thought needed. Just enjoy the experience.
That’s helped by the art of Iban Coello. There’s something that fits so well with this issue as far as the art. Along with Rain Beredo’s colors and Clayton Cowles’ lettering, it all comes together for a visual treat. The style and choices are entertaining and there’s a cute innocence in the art that belies the more horror nature of the underlying story. Instead the art style plays towards the humorous aspect of the story.
Venom #18 is just a solid comic. It does what it needs to do and does it in an entertaining way. There’s solid jokes in both dialogue and visuals and together it all creates a comic that feels like part of an event and not at the same time.
Story: Donny Cates Art: Iban Coello
Color: Rain Beredo Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.15 Art: 8.25 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Buy
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