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Venom #27.1 - The Evil Inside Us All... Review

5

'Minimum Carnage' has come and gone, now Flash needs to find out what to do next.

The Good

Holy moly, the art by Marco Checchetto and Fabio D'Auria is amazing. This work is stellar and immediately made me pull a Keanu Reeves-like "whoa" when I checked out the opening panel. I'm blown away by how smooth, crisp and detailed each image is. Even something as mundane as a generic New York street comes to life thanks to their astonishing efforts. But the real gem is how disturbing Venom looks when he lets loose. The drooling, the jagged teeth, the disgusting tongue... Venom has rarely appeared more frightening. I never thought I'd feel an ounce of sympathy for Satan worshiping gang members, but man oh man did this artwork succeed in making me pity them.

The entire purpose of this issue is to give Flash a major epiphany about his life and writer Cullen Bunn does so in a top-notch manner. Bunn dove deep into Flash's emotions and really tugged at my heartstrings with this one. The dude's a mess and it hit him extremely hard in this issue. The moments with A.J. and Pete were brilliant, especially when factoring in to how he was acting as Venom. He'd like to think he's changed, but clearly his actions are proving otherwise.

Eddie Brock still holds a strong spot in my heart as Venom, but it's clear Flash Thompson's life with the symbiote has become the most interesting one out of the alien's history of hosts. There's so much more to the character than "blame Spider-Man for all of my problems!" and it's so rewarding to see Bunn addressing the issues in such an excellent way.

The Bad

Even if there was something bad, odds are I was blinded by how absurdly good the artwork is. One thing that does slightly upset me though is the slimming likelihood of Pete and Flash having "the talk." Flash is leaving the state and Pete's future is... well, to call it "uncertain" would be a huge understatement. I would love to see that chat, but sadly that's looking unlikely now.

The Verdict

Venom's heading to Philadelphia for a brand new start and if this is the quality Bunn has in store for us, it's going to be one hell of a good series. It was sad to see Rick Remender leave the title, but Bunn's script and the jaw-dropping art made this point one issue a mandatory reading experience for any symbiote fan and has me pumped for what's to come.

Violence, horror, tragedy... what else could you honestly want in a Venom title?

... shame on anyone who says "beating up Juggernaut."

24 Comments
Posted by WWAJfan

Brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by HollowPrince665

I started reading Venom once Minimum Carnage was announced and am in love with Flash's character. I never knew just how deep a Venom story could be. I loved this issue and just was in awe by the art. I can't wait to see where Kaine and Flash wind up post MC.

Posted by Yung ANcient One
Flash is my favorite Venom!!! (+)
Posted by pxiao

You could say this is a new genesis of the Spider-Man franchise. I mean look at it, The Amazing Spider-Man is considered a high quality book again, we have two well done spin offs from it. Scarlet and Venom, and Ultimate Spider-Man is considered a good book. With two more spin offs on the way, Spidey has survived One More Day, and has only gotten better.

Posted by WWAJfan

Bunn proved with this issue (also the Min. Carnage arc) that he can write a great Venom series. Shame on you haters XD

Posted by cc1738

Me want. Didn't get it. :(

There are too many series that I want, and I don't have the extra cash to get this. It really bums me out. I wish I was rich.

Posted by cerial442

I dropped this book after the last issue. I didn't like the Hellstorm storyline, and though Minimum Carnage was good not great.

Plus I hated the stuff Bunn did on Wolverine and the Deadpool Kills books. But he is Marvel's golden boy for some reason.

From what I've seen the art does look really good though.

Posted by tbpinkfloyd

I love Flash and what Remender did with him in his time. However, I left the series two issues into Bunn's run. I just wasn't feeling the whole 'possessed' aspect. Then "Minimum Carnage" started and Scarlet Spider is a series that I'm behind on, so I opted out of that too.

What I'm asking is: Is this a good point to jump back on?

Posted by Dark_Vengeance_

Does Peter know that Flash is Venom?

Posted by kingjoeg

@DarkKnightDetective: no

Posted by CBninja

The art was amazing in this book

Posted by Pwok21

@cerial442:

Bunn is Marvel's Golden Boy?

I wouldn't have ever stated that, I'd have said Fraction or Bendis based on the projects they have them do...

Posted by cerial442

@Pwok21: He seems to keep getting put on all of these projects. Remender leaves Venom (forced?) and Bunn takes over. Aaron leaves Wolverine solo title Bunn takes over. Bunn also took over Captain America and Bucky and will be taking over Defenders. He wrote the Spider-Man: Season 1 book. Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe and the upcoming one where he kills literary figures. He gets a ton of assignments, that’s what I meant by Golden Boy.

Posted by cerial442

If Bunn has a co-writer, his stuff is pretty good, when he is by himself I think his stuff falls flat. Everything I’ve read of him has to have a horror slant on it. His first story of Venom was about demon possession. He takes over Wolverine, and we have Wolverine being brainwashed by Dr. Rot into becoming a backwoods cannibal slasher. (That one sucked but was a masterpiece on what came later) Look at the cover to the new Defenders, looks like they will be fighting zombie type creatures. When he wrote the Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe book he wanted to make Deadpool Jason Voorhees and Michael Myers rolled into one. Blah!

Posted by Pwok21

@cerial442:

Golden Boy isn't a term used to describe someone that gets a bunch of work, but someone that is held in high regard as a 'star' in whatever their chosen field is. That isn't Bunn for Marvel, I could say that without any doubts on my mind.

Posted by cerial442

@Pwok21: Maybe I should say "IT Person" because he seems to get all of these high profile selling books.

Posted by slvr4surfer
Posted by kfhrfdu_89_76k

Nice review. Made me smile.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@tbpinkfloyd said:

I love Flash and what Remender did with him in his time. However, I left the series two issues into Bunn's run. I just wasn't feeling the whole 'possessed' aspect. Then "Minimum Carnage" started and Scarlet Spider is a series that I'm behind on, so I opted out of that too.

What I'm asking is: Is this a good point to jump back on?

yes

Posted by DATNIGGA

I love big bad evil venom suit thats the main reason i love this issue

Posted by Mucklefluga

This is gonna be hard to beat the first few arcs with Remender and Moore, they were amazing!

Posted by danhimself

I loved this issue but something I'm confused about is it seemed like they wanted you to feel bad for Flash because of the way he treated people in high school....like this was almost a PSA about being nice to bullies

Posted by TFZ9

Venom rules!

Posted by Tolliver_Trask

Great review, I'll be checking for this title. One thing does bother me though, does Venom really need that puny revolver?