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Venom #40 - Mania, Part 1 of 3 Review

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Mania continues to fight crime and... Daimon Hellstrom is dead?!

The Good

I'll admit I was't the biggest fan of 'Circle of Four' and what has stemmed from it (easily my least favorite parts of this series), but this new leap into the book's mystical elements definitely has my curiosity. Writer Cullen Bunn does an awesome job moving all of the pieces into place and, so far, this definitely feels like a more grounded approach to the mystical world that'll value character relationships over "Oh no, it could be the end of the world as we know it!"

I'm also really digging the relationship between Mania and Flash here and I can't help but feel like Bunn's going to break out hearts when Part 3 comes around. It's almost as if he's building our connection to her just to have something terrible happen in the final act. Hopefully I'm wrong, but only time will tell. Regardless, "Now. Venom up and let's go," could very well be the best line in this series... or from Mania, at least.

Jorge Coelho's art is... well, the best way to describe it would be like a less intense version of Declan Shalvey's style. It's lacking a lot of detail and gives more of an animated vibe when it comes to the standard human characters, but Ogre, Crossbones and Venom/Mania (in the symbiote, of course) all look solid. Also, Coelho's art really shines with the environment (though it's absent in action scenes to convey movement) and there's a good splash page of a devastated city early on. It's a nice little dose of potential foreshadowing to help us appreciate what they're fighting to stop.

The Bad

Mania wants Lord Ogre's head on a platter, right? Then why'd she stand around and scream at him instead of actually going on the offensive? It's clear her lack of action isn't out of respect for Flash's order since she's blatantly disobeying him to begin with. Seeing as she blames that man for her father's death, I'm confused why she didn't at least try to rush him and she instead let him back away into the shadows. We've seen her navigating the city's rooftops, so it's not like that height was an issue while she's in the symbiote.

I don't mind the art, but I can't say I'm really a fan, either. It's pretty distracting when someone's hairline goes waaaay back and someone's neck extends much farther than it should. Also, minor gripe but I noticed Andi's rings kept changing color (between yellow and gray).

The Verdict

So begins the end of VENOM. I know, I'm sad as well and I'm sure we'll have a thread to serve as a support group when the time comes, but at least Part 1 of 'Mania' is off to a promising start! There's more than enough mystery sprinkled in this issue and Bunn does an able job showing us where everyone stands while introducing a few new aspects. It truly sucks to see this book go, but at least it's looking like the final story will be a good one.

20 Comments
Posted by WWAJfan

this issue was very awesome, great review bro, and man it still SUCKS that this series is getting cancelled!!! so unfair : ( 2 more issues for till the end.

Concerning this series the only arc which I found average were MoE and Ufoes. But the rest of the Series was Just Plain EPIC, I loved Project Rebirth(1-5), SPidey island (6-9) Road Trip (10-12) Circle of 4 (13-14), Savage Six (15-22), Minimum (26-27.1), Toxic (31-35) and Mania (36-42)

Posted by InnerVenom123

I really wish we had gotten more characterization of Andi.

Posted by HollowPrince65

THIS BETTER GET RELAUNCHED IN MARVEL NOW WAVE 2! I love Venom and its my favorite spider book next to Scarlet. Its going to be a shame not to have it every month

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

Theres just no solicitations it may not be cancelled

Maybe A name change or Big Event

Posted by Hawkguy

@thecheesestabber said:

Theres just no solicitations it may not be cancelled

Maybe A name change or Big Event

There is an upcoming Venom vs Superior Spidey arc in Superior Spider-man... *wink wink nudge nudge*

Posted by k4tzm4n

Theres just no solicitations it may not be cancelled

Maybe A name change or Big Event

Bunn has confirmed VENOM is being canceled due to sales.

Staff
Edited by TheCheeseStabber

@hawkguy said:

@thecheesestabber said:

Theres just no solicitations it may not be cancelled

Maybe A name change or Big Event

There is an upcoming Venom vs Superior Spidey arc in Superior Spider-man... *wink wink nudge nudge*

Superior Symbiotes?

Posted by Fenderxx

Very good issue, I agree with the review, I dont know why she didnt go after him, maybe he was meant to fade out and disappear ? over all it was great and I will miss this book.

Posted by TheCheeseStabber

@k4tzm4n said:

@thecheesestabber said:

Theres just no solicitations it may not be cancelled

Maybe A name change or Big Event

Bunn has confirmed VENOM is being canceled due to sales.

...

*Stares at you*

You hurt me at every turn.

*Walks out the back door of comicvine*

Posted by evilvegeta74

Is it me, or is there no info about Hellstorm whatsoever? Does anyone have any info on Hellstorm?

Posted by Killemall

Love this new Mania character, a young teenage chick with piercing and all, really interested to check out how she fares next issue.

Edited by Geonettazombie

Can't honestly say I'm a big fan of the name "Mania" but i was really looking forward to seeing Andi being developed as a character in later issues, i was hoping we could explore her character more, especially now with the new Mania persona and the loss of her father... and now with the cancellation that's not gunna happen... it's such a bummer and i really don't want to see this series disappear.

Posted by Unkillable_Deadpool1

I stayed through this whole series from #1 .There has been parts where i was buying it for nothing and there were parts where i was loving it .. This made me very sad

Posted by TheAcidSkull

Love this new Mania character, a young teenage chick with piercing and all, really interested to check out how she fares next issue.

this man knows what's up. :P

Posted by CyberWarrior

Am I the only one who doesn't like Mania? Because actually I don't. She distracts the reader from Flash.
However, the review is good, and even if I don't like these few last issues, I loved the rest of them.

@hawkguy said:

@thecheesestabber said:

Theres just no solicitations it may not be cancelled

Maybe A name change or Big Event

There is an upcoming Venom vs Superior Spidey arc in Superior Spider-man... *wink wink nudge nudge*

Really?

Posted by TheCheeseStabber
Posted by CyberWarrior
Posted by The_Titan_Lord

Good book.

Edited by Nefilim927

@wwajfan said:

this issue was very awesome, great review bro, and man it still SUCKS that this series is getting cancelled!!! so unfair : ( 2 more issues for till the end.

Concerning this series the only arc which I found average were MoE and Ufoes. But the rest of the Series was Just Plain EPIC, I loved Project Rebirth(1-5), SPidey island (6-9) Road Trip (10-12) Circle of 4 (13-14), Savage Six (15-22), Minimum (26-27.1), Toxic (31-35) and Mania (36-42)

Totally agree, loved this series from the beginning. When Bunn took over it was a little rough at first but things picked up and I'm so disappointed this series is ending. Not to bash other books but I don't get how this get's cancelled while there are so many X&Spider-Books out there (lookin at you Legacy/Various Superior Spin Offs...)