Venom #22 Review
Writer: Donny Cates
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inker: Andy Owens
Color Artists: Frank Martin and Erick Arciniega
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Mark Bagley, Andy Owens, Jason Keith
What you need to know:
Last issue, Eddie discovered that the Carnage Symbiote has infected his own, and is trying to kill him and everyone around him. So he left and is now stranded on the Island of Bones, the island Eddie lived on as Venom for a time. Separated from his other, he’s trapped with an insane Venom powered Carnage Symbiote on an island in the middle of nowhere.
You ever see Predator? Because we’re in Predator now. Bagely even kind of draws Eddie like Arnold (at the very least his outfit is almost identical). Eddie’s on the run from a bunch of Symbiote animals that all begin hunting him down. All the while Dylan has a nightmare involving the approaching Knull. Even though Eddie is no longer connected to his Symbiote, he can feel it, God is still coming.
So far this arc’s pretty entertaining. Though I have to admit, it is kind of annoying that Eddie is fighting a bunch of Carnage infected things immediately after a big event that was all about him fighting Carnage monsters. But still, like I said in the recap, this is Predator with venom and I’m into it. There’s even a scene with a pig and it’s all in thermal vision just like the Predator. If the Predators could be made canon to the Marvel Universe that’d be cool. You think I’ve said Predator enough in this review? Anyway, I’m interested in where Dylan’s nightmare will lead, as well as his secret (not the one about him having powers, but a different one this issue presents).
Bagely continues to be a great artist for the Symbiotes. I’ve always loved the way he draws them, he’s always said he loves to ad as much motion to them as possible, like they’re made of living goo, which they are. And Carnage retains his glowing eyes and mouth from Absolute Carnage, and with Bagely’s art I’m getting some Ultimate Carnage vibes from it and I love it. Overall, this is a pretty good one, though I hope we move past “Carnage Infection” soon. We need a new plot device for a Venom story in the near future.