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Review: Venom Vol. 1 Rex

Venom and Eddie Brock are one again and an acient, primordial evil has awakened. This first volume adds depth to the history of Venom and symbiotes and open up a whole new world for the character.

Venom Vol. 1 Rex collects issues #1-6 by Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, and Frank Martin.

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Preview: Web of Venom: Carnage Reborn #1

Web of Venom: Carnage Reborn #1

(W) Donny Cates (A) Danilo Beyruth (CA) Kyle Hotz
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 21, 2018
SRP: $4.99

• Join DONNY CATES as he continues to snake his tendrils through the VENOM mythos – this time visiting the sickening sociopath called CARNAGE!
• A cruel cannibal obsessed with death and murder, few mourned Cletus Kasady after he seemingly died in VENOMIZED.
• But now a cult devoted to the madman has gathered, hoping to resurrect their fallen idol and return his madness to the Marvel Universe…

Preview: Venom #8

Venom #8

(W) Donny Cates (A) Iban Coello (CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 14, 2018
SRP: $3.99

“THE ABYSS” CONTINUES!
• After the gut-wrenching events of last issue, Eddie Brock finds himself alone for the first time in a LONG time, and the silence is deafening…
• A can’t-miss issue for those looking to see the beginnings of next summer’s VENOM epic!

Review: Marvel Knights #1

In the cemetery, the blind man does not know who he is, or why he has come to this particular grave at this moment. He doesn’t know the burly police officer with the wild story who has approached him. Or the strangely intense man who sits in the rear seat of the patrol car, his eyes flashing green. But all of that is about to change. Because Matt Murdock is beginning to remember…

In a colorless world without heroes, the spark of light…must come from the dark…

Celebrating 20 years, Marvel Knights is back in a limited series dubbed… Marvel Knights. Written by Donny Cates, Marvel Knights #1 is a weird mix of a story that hearkens a little back to the original series but also going off in a weird direction that makes it all feel like some event story.

Heroes, really everyone, don’t remember who they are. Something is blocking their history and identities. The issue focuses mainly on Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, as he is drawn to the grave of Karen Page not knowing why. Approached by Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, he’s brought himself to remember who he is and the issue is him running around like a crazy attempting to connect with everyone, except they don’t remember either. What’s going on? Why? No idea.

The first issue is an enigma on multiple fronts leaving us to wonder what the hell is going on. The original Marvel Knights to me was both a mature line and a line that could explore different aspects and stories of classic characters bogged down by continuity. This, kind of feels like a weird mix of the two and it sort of works.

The art by Travel Foreman with ink by Derek Fridolfs, color by Matt Milla, and lettering by Cory Petit is good with a certain style that reminds me of some of the original Marvel Knights releases. That art is a little inconsistent though as the first ending to the comic has an odd manga flair to it that just doesn’t look like the rest of the comic.

The first issue is intriguing, it’s definitely not what was expected. It’s a literal puzzle that feels more like an event than “Marvel Knights.” That’s not bad and this is one to judge after a few more issues but this debut is a headscratcher.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Travel Foreman
Ink: Derek Fridolfs Color: Matt Milla Letterer: VCs Cory Petit
Story: 7.0 Art: 7.25 Overall: 7.0 Recommendation: Read

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Review: The Death of the Inhumans #5

The Royal Family has been broken. Now, something new and terrible rises from its ashes. Who is Vox? Where are the Inhumans he’s killed? And what lies ahead for a king without a kingdom?

When I first heard about this event, I have to admit, the title and what it promised had me worried as a “stunt event.” The downplaying of how big it would be and the fact writer Donny Cates was in charge had me intrigued that something “was up.” And with the conclusion in The Death of the Inhumans #5, we’ve gotten an “event” comic that is tragically under the radar.

This final chapter goes by the title “Rome” and by the time it wraps, it’s clear why that title was chosen. With the dark reality of what and who Vox is, Black Bolt must face his destiny to bring down the Kree and save his people.

The final chapter is solid on the action and high on the drama but rather lacking in some key aspects, an issue that hampers the overall package. While we have a better idea of what/who Vox is, the how isn’t explained too well. It ends up being a slasher/horror movie boogeyman more than anything. An unstoppable force that we just accept. Black Bolt also goes on about destroying the Kree and while damage is done, we’re never quite given the moment of the enemy’s defeat. Another issue, or an increased page count, would have benefited this issue and the series as a whole.

Despite that, this is a pretty solid ending putting Black Bolt squarely back into the warrior king role having to make a difficult decision to keep his people safe. It also sets up a very unknown future for the Inhumans.

The art by Ariel Olivetti with color by Jordie Bellaire and lettering by Clayton Cowles is ok and feels a little different than the previous four issues. Something doesn’t feel quite as polished. I’ve hadd issues with Olivertti’s art in the past but here it has mainly been good. This issue though it’s a miss unfortunately. Action sequences that should have oomph to it don’t and emotional scenes lack it for the art. The detail too is a bit different. If you had asked me, I’d have been convinced the issue had a different artist than the previous four.

The issue is a tragic one and Cates sets the classic characters off in to a new direction and new era. What’s next, who knows? But, for what I was expecting to be an eye rolling event, this is an entertaining story and one that ends on a pretty high note. The title might be a bit over the top but the story within really brings things together and gets the characters back to their roots. Here’s hoping Cates is given a chance to steer these characters into the future for some time.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Ariel Olivetti
Color: Jordie Bellaire Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.25 Art: 7.65 Overall: 8.15 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Marvel Knights #1

Marvel Knights #1

(W) Donny Cates (A) Travel Foreman (CA) Geoff Shaw
Rated T
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $4.99

In celebration of the legendary imprint founded by Marvel’s CCO Joe Quesada, a new crop of talent stands poised to tell a groundbreaking story across the Marvel Universe!

In the cemetery, the blind man does not know who he is, or why he has come to this particular grave at this moment.

He doesn’t know the burly police officer with the wild story who has approached him.
Or the strangely intense man who sits in the rear seat of the patrol car, his eyes flashing green.

But all of that is about to change.

Because Matt Murdock is beginning to remember…

In a colorless world without heroes, the spark of light…must come from the dark…

Preview: Death of the Inhumans #5 (of 5)

Death of the Inhumans #5 (of 5)

(W) Donny Cates (A) Ariel Olivetti (CA) Kaare Andrews
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

THE FINAL STAND!
The Royal Family has been broken. Now, something new and terrible rises from its ashes. Who is Vox? Where are the Inhumans he’s killed? And what lies ahead for a king without a kingdom?

Preview: Venom Annual #1

Venom Annual #1

(W) Donny Cates, David Micheline, Jeff Loveness, James Stokoe (A) Tigh Walker, Kev Walker, Ron Lim, James Stokoe (CA) Paulo Siqueira
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 17, 2018
SRP: $4.99

For the first time in Marvel history, the Wicked Webslinger called VENOM gets his very own Annual! This one features a few walks down memory lane from some of the best creators in comics today — and even a few surprise guests from Venom’s past! Serving as a great jumping on point for readers new and old, this is one issue of VENOM you can’t afford to miss!

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