“What Are You?” (Venom #19 Comic Review)

Venom #19

Writer: Donny Cates

Artist: Iban Coello

Colorist: Rain Beredo

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Cover Artists: Kyle Hotz & Dan Brown

Variant Cover Artists: Tony Moore & Dean White; Jeehyung Lee

Summary:

As Absolute Carnage rages on, the stakes and the danger only grow higher for Dylan and Normie, who are being pursued by the Maker possessed by the Hybrid. While the cavalry arrives in the form of Spider-Man, Cap, Wolverine, and the Thing, it seems that nothing can stop the Maker and the Hybrid at this point. Faced with impending doom, Dylan must take drastic measures in order to save everyone. Can he stop the Hybrid before it’s too late? And what exactly is plaguing Dylan deep down?

Thoughts: 

While Absolute Carnage has been soaring on for the past couple of months, and despite having way too many tie-ins, it’s surprisingly stayed strong, with no signs of coming to a screeching halt. Even when there’s some down-time, it’s used purposefully, which is already a huge improvement over the big Spider-Event from last year. The last issue of Venom left the characters in pretty heavy predicament, with several plot threads being teased slightly. While this one doesn’t carry everything over entirely, it does the job well enough, and serves its place as filling in the gaps between the main books.

Coello’s art continues to impress, even more so than the last. While I didn’t have any strong opinions on him when he started on the title last year, he’s greatly improved over time, and I’m eager to see what he has in store for the final tie-in issue in a few weeks. Aside from that though, as I said last issue, the Maker’s Hybrid design leaves a lot to be desired. I like that it tries to incorporate his own design, as well as the colors of the symbiotes that make up Hybrid, but there’s not really enough of either. It just looks like a pretty generic design, and while it isn’t a deal-breaker, I wish there was just something more to it.

The story isn’t a whole lot to shake a symbiote tendril at, but like I said, it does its job, and does it well. We get to see a whole lot more of Dylan’s development, as well as glimpses into who he could become later on. It doesn’t really answer any of the questions we might’ve had from the previous issue, but essentially just reiterates the questions in greater detail. I guess that is the name of the game with serialized story-telling, and I don’t think negatively about it at all, but I just wanted to make that clear. Aside from that, it’s what you’d expect from a tie-in to this event, chaos and all. Nothing too much to write back home about, but as part of a larger story, it fits right in like a piece to a jigsaw puzzle.

Overall, there’s not a whole lot left to say about this one. As I said, it offers some more intriguing insight to Dylan’s character and backstory, but aside from that, it doesn’t do much except fill in the gaps of the overall storyline, with some nice character appearances here and there. And that’s perfectly fine, not every issue has to be a masterpiece in and of itself, sometimes being a piece of a larger puzzle is more than enough. And in this case, it is.

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Alec Thorn

Hey guys! My name is Alec Thorn, I’m 19 years old, and I’m currently a full-time student in college. I’ve loved comics and superheroes ever since I was a toddler, with my favorite comic book character being the one and only Peter Parker / Spider-Man. I have a major passion for acting and singing as well, doing both for as long as I can remember. Hope you all enjoy reading!
Summary
A good chapter within the larger ongoing story that does its job well, while further planting the seeds for the future of the characters
Good
  • Story helps fill in the gaps between the main books
  • Dylan gets more development
  • Coello's art continues to impress
  • Cates knows how to space out a story
Bad
  • Maker's Hybrid design leaves much to be desired
8
Great
Story - 7
Characters - 9
Art - 9
Writing - 7
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Hey guys! My name is Alec Thorn, I’m 19 years old, and I’m currently a full-time student in college. I’ve loved comics and superheroes ever since I was a toddler, with my favorite comic book character being the one and only Peter Parker / Spider-Man. I have a major passion for acting and singing as well, doing both for as long as I can remember. Hope you all enjoy reading!

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