Venom #160 Review: Dumb but Fun Symbiote Extravaganza

Posted by January 12, 2018 Comment

Venom #160
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Story by: Mike Costa, Dan Slott, Writer: Mike Costa, Artist: Gerardo Sandoval, Color Artist: David Curiel, Letters: VC's Clayton Cowles, Cover by: Gerardo Sandoval and David Curiel, Variant Covers by: Javier Garron and Morry Hollowell; In-Hyuk Lee Designer: Anthony Gambino, Editor: Devin Lewis, Assistant Editors: Allison Stock, Tom Groneman, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

Venom, Anti-Venom, Mania, Black Cat, and the Amazing Spider-Man are gearing up for an assault on the meeting place of the Five Families, which has just been taken over by Lee Price, aka Maniac, and his symbiote-infested hordes. It’s up to these five to free the victims and bring Maniac down.

Venom #160 cover by Gerardo Sandoval and David Curiel
Venom #160 cover by Gerardo Sandoval and David Curiel

You know what? If this is what Venom Inc. has been intending to build up to, then I’m kind of okay with it. It does suck that it waylaid the Venom title somewhat, and it tied into some awful issues Amazing Spider-Man. All that said, this issue was a bunch of fun.

It’s pretty straightforward, too; these five against a bunch of symbiote-infested villains and mafiosos. Eddie Brock gets a couple of big honking guns that shoot Anti-Venom bullets, Black Cat coats her claws in the stuff, Flash is toxic to the symbiotes thanks to his new suit, and Mania still has hex powers from her Hell Sign.

I like that I’m implicitly getting to reference Rick Remender’s “Circle of Four” arc from his run on Venom with that.

Don’t get me wrong. This comic is not deep. It’s pretty dumb, and the closest thing to a character moment is when Eddie does something that he knows risks his symbiote to save the others. There is also a pretty funny moment between Spider-Man and Hammerhead.

Venom #160 art by Gerardo Sandoval and Dave Curiel
Venom #160 art by Gerardo Sandoval and Dave Curiel

Gerardo Sandoval may have been the perfect choice to pull this kind of thing off. His stylized, fluid, and shifting art allows for this Brock-Room Blitz to come to life in an exciting and kinetic manner. David Curiel clashes the colors in a balanced way. It pops and draws the eyes to the page.

Venom #160 is easily the best part of this mess of a crossover. It brings it all together, it’s fun, and I certainly enjoyed my time watching this symbiotic smorgasbord. I think you will, too. Give it a try — I recommend it.

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(Last Updated January 12, 2018 5:27 pm )

About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

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