A platoon of soldiers in Vietnam are pinned down by enemy fire. The fire stops, but something else is out there. The symbiotes are here and killing everything they find. We jump to how S.H.I.E.L.D first discovered these symbiotes as Nick Fury briefs an outside consultant (won’t spoil whom it is) on the situation. That consultant is intended to help Nick Fury kill these “Sym-Soldiers.” The two go to Vietnam to find the symbiotes.
Let me start by saying that Ve’Nam is a really stupid and kind of tasteless name for this story.
That aside, this isn’t a bad read. Donny Cates is still at the wheel of this one, and he knows how to tell a story that is both brutal and a solid action romp.
Well, for the most part this is true. The actual battle in the Vietnam jungle between Nick, his partner, and the symbiotes isn’t as much as a bloody melee as it could have been. That is equal parts scripting and artist decisions though.
In any case, Web of Venom: Ve’Nam #1 aims to expand the history of Rex, his own symbiote, and S.H.I.E.L.D’s history with symbiotes. It’s successful in that regard. It also makes Nick Fury look like even more of a bastard than usual. That’s not a bad thing though; the old Nick was never anyone’s best friend. He gets especially ruthless here.
Juanan Ramirez is a damn good artist, even considering my criticism of the fight scenes in this comic. The characters are excellently detailed, shadow is played with well, and the texturing is great. The symbiotes look downright terrifying, and their path of carnage is unnerving.
Web of Venom: Ve’Nam #1 is a decent read. The symbiote followers of Knull are shown to be as terrifying as we believed, Rex is expanded upon as a character in an interesting way, and we get to see Nick Fury being Nick Fury. That, along with the great artwork, earns the comic a recommendation. Feel free to check it out this Wednesday.
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