Buy This Comic Venom 150

first_img Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Stay on target Today is Wednesday, better known as New Comic Book Day, the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week. With the news from Sony’s announcement that actor Tom Hardy will play Venom in their live-action movie, it only seems right that this week’s pick is Venom #150 by writers Mike Costa, Robbie Thompson, and David Micheline, as well as artists Tradd Moore, Gerardo Sandoval. and Ron Lim.via Marvel ComicsI should be honest that I am not a fan of Venom as a character. Despite being a big fan of anti/nega/opposite characters like Bizarro or Reverse Flash, Venom has never really done it for me despite having one of the best villain designs in comics. I think my big problem with Venom is how overly complicated the creators made him, ever since his inception in 1988. A disgraced reporter with marital problems, all of the spin-offs that came out of his hype in the ’90’s, the many hosts that the symbiote has had over the years, it’s many offspring, and not to mention the central theme of the toxic relationship between the symbiote and the host. There are just too many layers to the character for him to work well as a simple yang to Spider-Man’s yin. I think that The Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon did the best job with the character, showing Eddie Brock as someone who goes through hardship, and unlike Peter, chooses to neglect the world once given the power to help. Thankfully, this special, anniversary, over-sized issue of Venom manages to reel everything in and streamline the character for what will hopefully set up a new era of stories.The main story, written by Mike Costa, with art by Tradd Moore, follows Eddie Brock as he is reunited with the symbiote for the first time since 2004. Tradd Moore is the special guest artist of the issue, and I cannot stress enough how great he is. All of those loose threads that I mentioned make Venom unappealing? Moore recaps the character’s entire history in a gorgeous double-splash page, in a way that I’ve only seen Marcos Martin and a handful of other amazing artists do. Not only does he manage to bring the reader up to speed on the complex series of events that have lead to this issue, but he manages to make it look hot with a capital H. Moore’s super fluid, beefed up style works so well with Venom, especially Brock-as-Venom, that I resent how long it has taken for us to get it.via Marvel ComicsTradd Moore’s art for the over-sized main story was the big draw for the issue and is well worth the hefty $5.99 on its own merits. The rest of the issue is filled out with a back up by writer Robbie Thompson and regular series artist Gerardo Sandoval. I wasn’t a fan of Sandoval’s Venom when he first started drawing the new series because I feel like it was too blocky and stiff at times, but the raw, almost sketchy vibe his symbiote has is starting to grow on me, no pun intended. However, I’m not really sure what this story is supposed to accomplish, as it fills in a gap between Flash Thompson’s time as Venom and the new series where the symbiote ended up back in New York on its own. It just seems like a weird time to finally tell this story, especially with it being such an underwhelming reveal. However, it might be setting up a new threat for Brock, which could be cool, it just doesn’t do a great job of explaining if that is the case or not.The last story is a cute, fun throwback by writer David Micheline and artist Ron Lim, that looks/feels like a late 80’s/early 90’s story. It has some fun moments and goes on to show just how sick the relationship that Brock and the suit have can be. As a whole, the main story is easily my favorite part, and feels more than worth the price of the issue, almost coming across as a small graphic novel worth of reading. The rest is fun and lays some foundation for the series going forward, despite being lackluster compared to the opening. Venom #150 is available in print and online today at Comixology.via Marvel Comics5/24/17 Releases – In addition to Venom #150, here is a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should also be reading, if you are not already.All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #2 by Marvel Comics, writer Gerry Duggan, and artist Aaron Kuder. The perfect new series for fans of the movie! Check out my review for issue #1 here.Hal Jordan and the Green Lantern Corps #21 by DC Comics, writer Robert Venditti and artist V. Kenneth Marion. One of my favorite DC Rebirth titles! The return of Kyle Rayner’s crab mask!Redneck #2 by Image Comics, writer Donny Cates, and artist Lisandro Estherren. Cates is one of my favorite new writers, and this is the second issue in his new Southern/Gothic horror tale!I Am Groot #1 by Marvel Comics, writer Christopher Hastings and artist Flavianolast_img

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