Venom #23 Review
Writer: Donny Cates
Penciler: Mark Bagley
Inker: Andy Owens
Color Artist: Frank Martin
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover: Mark Bagley, Andy Owens, and Jason Keith
What You Need To Know:
Eddie is being hunted by Carnage infected animals across the island, and when cornered, Eddie did the one thing he could think of, and sliced off his own hand to escape! Now he’s on the run again trying to find a way to remove Carnage from his Other and destroy it once and for all. Meanwhile, Dylan has a secret new pet he’s been meaning to play with(Read Web of Venom to see more of that).
After escaping Carnage, Eddie heads for the peak of the mountain on the island, in hopes of destroying Carnage once he gets to the top. Meanwhile, Dylan’s new pet, the last surviving piece of the Grendel Symbiote Dragon, is under his control as he uses his powers to “infect” it, and tries to get it to show him Knull, who is on his way now. What he sees instead surprises him, and leaves him confused. What does he see? Does Eddie save his Symbiote from the clutches of Carnage? Read to find out!
I really liked this one, though it was kind of an abrupt ending to the Venom Island Arc. Still though it’s a nice issue. I’m hoping by the end of next issue we move on from Carnage though, we just had a big event with him, I feel like we need a break from him. Dylan and Sleeper’s scenes were cool, getting to see Dylan using his powers on the Symbiote was cool, and Sleeper’s discomfort is definitely shared by the reader in these moments. Eddie’s situation was very tense, down a hand, losing blood and almost blacking out as he runs for the mountain top, hoping to destroy Carnage once and for all. Cates knows how to take a tired concept (a concept he just did I might add… again) and breathe new life into it so it doesn’t feel too stale.
Bagley’s art is really good here, as usual. I’m in love with the way he draws Symbiotes, Carnage in particular. His Eddie is also good, though I won’t lie I do miss the beard. The color’s by Frank Martin are also nice, if a little dull, though I’d be lying if they didn’t fin the mood. Besides, when the colors are supposed to pop in this one, they POP. Anyway more Sleeper Cat. I need more Sleeper Cat.
But yeah, this was a good issue, and the ending definitely left a big impression. Looking forward to next issue and whatever story arc Cates comes up with next (hopefully one that doesn’t involve Carnage this time).