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Preview: Venom #161

Venom #161

(W) Mike Costa (A) Javi Garron (CA) Javier Rodriguez
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 07, 2018
SRP: $3.99

TANGLED WEBS Part 1
• Cured of the metabolic disorder affecting the symbiote’s mental state, Venom is back to acting like his old Lethally Protecting self.
• But battling your way through New York City doesn’t go unpunished, and Eddie and the symbiote are about to discover that the hard way…
• …when the wall-crawling super-sleuth SPIDER-WOMAN kicks in their door!

Venom #161

Preview: Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc. Omega #1

Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc. Omega #1

(W) Mike Costa, Dan Slott (A) Gerardo Sandoval (A/CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T
In Shops: Jan 17, 2018
SRP: $4.99

VENOM INC. Part 6
• The symbiotic super villain called Maniac has seized control of all of New York’s major crime families, and he’s now got his sights set on the entire city!
• To make matters worse, he’s also got a cadre of super villains under his symbiotic spell, and Spider-Man, Venom and their allies are the only things standing in their way!
• The final chapter of VENOM INC!

Preview: Venom #160

Venom #160

(W) Mike Costa (A/CA) Gerardo Sandoval
Rated T+
In Shops: Jan 10, 2018
SRP: $3.99

VENOM INC. Part 5
• Spider-Man and Venom continue their uneasy alliance as they work to stop Maniac from taking over New York’s criminal underworld!
• It’s outright mayhem as the heroes mount a counteroffensive and take the fight to Maniac! But with an unleashed symbiote and an army at his command, will it be enough?!
• (Hint: Probably not, True Believer!)

Preview: Venom #159

Venom #159

(W) Mike Costa (A/CA) Gerardo Sandoval
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

VENOM INC. Part 3
• Venom Inc. is weaving its tendrils through New York’s criminal underworld, and Maniac’s got himself a cadre of symbiotically subdued, super-powered lieutenants–and they’re all bearing down on Spider-Man!
• But Venom is in no shape to provide an assist for his unlikely ally…

Review: Venom Inc. Alpha

Peter Parker, Eddie Brock and Flash Thompson have one major thing in common – the Venom symbiote changed all of their lives. The inky black alien life-form is doubling down on our heroes – and they’re not the only ones about to be put through the ringer. The next big chapter between Spider-Man and Venom begins here and so far it’s interesting.

Written by Dan Slott and Mike Costa, Venom Inc. Alpha kicks off this mini-event that is the next major chapter for the two characters who have seen a lot of change over the past few months. Peter Parker’s business is destroyed and he’s putting his life together and Venom is now back with Eddie Brock. It’s a return to the status-quo in some ways and each story has been entertaining in their own way.

Here things feel like they’re clashing a bit as Peter is asked to help find Venom by Flash Thompson so he can get the symbiote back. There’s also someone hunting symbiotes for some reason. That part is fuzzy but that’s the mystery of the comic.

While this issue is entertaining in a lot of ways the question is if we really need it as a special one-shot issue as opposed to a regular issue of Amazing Spider-Man or Venom. For that, I’m not sure there’s quite the need. This feels like a special and interesting issue of those series but on its own it doesn’t. It catches readers up and provides an entry point but as a whole it just feels like a solid issue of each series.

The art by Ryan Stegman is top notch. I’ve been a fan of his for a while and the way he depicts both Spider-Man and Venom is impressive with a style that feels like a mix of some of the greats. Stegman nails down what works really well for each character including the physics and physical defying depictions of each character. Everything looks great.

This is a nice start to this event though as a special issue I’m not quite so sure. There’s a lot here that’s intriguing and it looks great and impressively a hell of a lot happens within, I just wish this was part of the regular numbering for either series.

Story: Dan Slott, Mike Costa Art: Ryan Stegman
Story: 7.85 Art: 8.5 Overall: 7.95 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Venom Inc. Alpha

Venom Inc. Alpha

(W) Dan Slott, Mike Costa (A/CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T
In Shops: Dec 06, 2017
SRP: $4.99

VENOM INC. Part 1
Peter Parker, Eddie Brock and Flash Thompson have one major thing in common – the Venom symbiote changed all of their lives. The inky black alien life-form is doubling down on our heroes – and they’re not the only ones about to be put through the ringer. VENOM INC. kicks off here and rolls into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN & VENOM as a familiar face rises to new levels of villainy!

Preview: Venom #157

Venom #157

(W) Mike Costa (A/CA) Mark Bagley
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 08, 2017
SRP: $3.99

• After saving the dinosaur people beneath the streets of New York from Kraven, VENOM has become the master hunter’s new prey!
• Vengeful, relentless and unable to be killed, Kraven finds himself a heartbeat away from adding a new trophy to his collection – THE HEAD OF EDDIE BROCK!

Review: Venom Vol. 2 The Land Before Crime

It’s Wednesday which means it’s new comic book day with new releases hitting shelves, both physical and digital, all across the world. This week we’ve got Venom!

Venom Vol. 2 The Land Before Crime collects Venom #150-153 by Mike Costa, Robbie Thompson, David Michelinie, Tradd Moore, Gerardo Sandoval, and Ron Lim.

Get your copy in comic shops today and bookstores on November 7. To find a comic shop near you, visit http://www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

Venom Vol. 2 The Land Before Crime
Amazon/Kindle/comiXology or TFW

 

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Preview: Venom #156

Venom #156

(W) Mike Costa (A/CA) Mark Bagley
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 18, 2017
SRP: $3.99

LETHAL PROTECTOR Part 2
• Venom has found himself caught in Kraven’s crosshairs!
• With the Hunter armed to the teeth and hungry for blood, will Venom be able to hold him off long enough to protect the dinosaur community living beneath the streets of Manhattan… and himself?!

Preview: Venom #154

Venom #154

(W) Mike Costa (A) Paulo Siqueira (CA) Gerardo Sandoval
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 20, 2017
SRP: $3.99

A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND TALE TOLD IN THE MIGHTY MARVEL MANNER!!
• You’ve seen things from Eddie Brock’s perspective; now see how things look from the other side – in this, a whole issue from the perspective of the Venom Symbiote!

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