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Venom #24 - Monsters of Evil, Part 2 Review

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Flash has once again lost control of the Venom symbiote. Can he cope with his inner demons and take down the son of the Devil?

The Good

First and foremost, seeing Flash use the symbiote to its full potential is always a delight. Far too often the symbiote is stereotyped as a massive beast that loves to flail and eat squishy parts, so it's always great to see the creature used in a more tactical sense. The panel with Venom disguised and his tendrils flailing was disturbingly beautiful. Even more impressive was the following page where Flash stands confidently like a boss, constricting everyone around him with the symbiote.

The exorcism gig was quite funny and Thony Silas' pencils did a fantastic job with the facial expressions. It really added to the scene, shedding even more light on how clueless Reggie really was during the dangerous process. The brief segment in the woods had a solid internal dialogue and helped us once again connect with Flash's struggle.

It's moments like these that really make me interested in the former bully. I really hope writer Cullen Bunn will capitalize more on how deep his emotional story can go.

The Bad

Katy Kiernan is clearly a reporter that will do anything for a big story. She even jokingly says "who needs integrity?" in this issue (though to be fair it could have been purely sarcastic). Based on this, why wouldn't she want to know who the new face of Venom is? It seemed odd for her to reject an offer to find out who the man behind the mask is. Eugene's flaws and tortured aspects are what lured me into the title to begin with (okay, maybe being a Venom fanboy helped, too).

There's a lot of deep issues to dive into, but so far Bunn has mostly teased us with these elements, never really capitalizing on them like Rick Remender previously did. Some might think the cliffhanger with "The Monsters of Evil" is cool, but I thought it was pretty cheesy looking. I'm sure some will appreciate the absurdity of the army, but it was a little too ridiculous of a reveal for me.

I sincerely hope the security guard at the Bronx Zoo called out sick that night. Also, how is Flash honestly going to stand much of a chance against Daimon Hellstorm - a powerhouse with fire-based attacks - and an army of huge demons that can implement his weakness? As someone obsessed with character statistics, this is not looking good at all for Flash. He's going to need a major plot device to escape this one.

The Verdict

Obvious Demon element aside, Monsters of Evil feels a lot like Circle of Four to me. This series has seen some stellar moments, but just like CoF, this story arc is feeling mediocre in comparison. Despite enjoyable artwork and a few laughs, I can't help but feel like this will wrap up quickly and we'll move on without these events truly holding a spot in our memories.

16 Comments
Posted by LstPaladin

I pic WW for the win

Posted by Jake Fury

When did Remender leave the series?

Posted by zackattack529

3/5? well to each his own i guess.. i liked this issue and last issue, i gave them both 4/5

id say the arc is mediocore but the issues themselves have been pretty good especially since everyone thought by remender leaving this book would FLOP. Cullen Bunn has done great so far, definitely gonna continue picking this series up and im patiently awaiting the "Minimum Carnage" event :)

i hope everyone doesn't give up on this series because Remender left.

Posted by k4tzm4n
@Jake Fury: Remender's last issue was 22. 
http://www.comicvine.com/venom-fathers-day/37-349678/ 
@zackattack529: I don't think people will bail (at least not yet) just because Remender left.  He lured a lot of people in and made them care a great deal for the character.  I'm sure they're curious to see where Flash will go, regardless of who's writing for now.  And yes, to each their own ;)
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Posted by Dane

Cool review bro. Haven't gotten big into Venom and this arc doesn't seem like the most stellar jumping on point. The artwork is pretty damn good though.

Posted by Erik

No Spider-Man? No care.

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Posted by WWAJfan

have to agree with this review, 3/5 seems ok. As this was just as average as it can be, 1st time saying that about a Venom/Flash Issue. Next issue will be much better in my mind, this one just felt like a letdown, dont really like Katie yet, btw thought she had brown hair. Still after the final issue of this arc we'll get Minimum Carnage!!!

Edited by InnerVenom123

For Katy: she's probably one of those scummy people who has more to them than we see. Like Flash as Venom. Which makes sense, given the tone of the book so far. So that wasn't an issue at all for me.

How do you know the guard wasn't murdered? Which is incredibly likely? :P

At the very least, I'd give this a 4/5.

Mostly because of the prospect that the demon is literally being held hostage by the Venom symbiote.

IT MADE A DEMON SCREAM FOR HELP, ASDGDFSGBDgr'bf;gbf;

At least, that's what I think was implied.

Oh, and holy sh*t, congrats on making the... big review thing. Didn't know if you had before, but congrats.

Posted by sparty-dbq

It's a shame that we'll probably never find out if the rest of the "Circle of Four" are having any complications with their demonic presences.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Dane said:

Cool review bro. Haven't gotten big into Venom and this arc doesn't seem like the most stellar jumping on point. The artwork is pretty damn good though.

Thanks and yeah, if you're looking to get into the character, this is hardly an ideal spot.

@Erik said:

No Spider-Man? No care.

He's there in spirit. Kind of. Okay, maybe not.

@WWAJfan: Thanks!

@InnerVenom123: Yeah, I figured that much regarding her. And you're severely underestimating the Bronx Zoo night shift security, sir!

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Posted by Dane
@k4tzm4n: I'll probs skip it, but I recently got a Spider-Man: Big Time TPB so I am finally jumping on with Spider-Man proper :p
Posted by Dedpool

Just waiting on the inevitable crossover where peter and Flash find out each others secrets. So maybe after Minimum Carnage well get Scarlet Spider, Spidey, venom and a redeemed Toxin versus Carnage and his symbiote spawn.

Posted by k4tzm4n

@Dedpool: Same here. Remender really teased us when Flash and Pete sat down to chat in the restaurant.

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Posted by thenexusrebound

I gave it a 4/5. I like the supernatural because it ties into the Las Vegas story arc. It just seems like the pacing is just a bit off but it is only Bunn's second issue in control completely. Maybe he is just finding his footing on hoe he wants to approach the characters.

Posted by TheFizz

The premise is great. Venom is possessed by a demon..no wait it's actually turning out the other way around. Awesomesauce. Execution has been the part that has been lacking.

Bunn was working side by side with Remender through the last arc. Which was by far the best of the entire series so far. I have much hope for this book in the future, just maybe has some kinks to shore up in the meantime.

Posted by WWAJfan

@InnerVenom123:

Mostly because of the prospect that the demon is literally being held hostage by the Venom symbiote.

After I re-read this issue like 4 times, i Have to say the concept mentioned earlier by I.V. That's just awesome. 3.5/5 for me now. Just that concept made it good.