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From writers Mike Costa and Dan Slott comes an action-packed adventure in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1. Sure, the title is quite a mouthful. That’s because this piece is a crossover between the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and VENOM series. So, it’s safe to say that fans of either, or both, will enjoy this story. It’s engrossing and loaded with humor. With that being said, amongst the issue’s entertainment value, readers may find the piece missing some integral aspect. Find out why, below!

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1 page 4. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

A Clash of Symbiotes

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1 is packed with characters. So, let’s run through them! First up, there’s Flash Thompson. He’s now known as Anti-Venom. Then there’s Andi Benton, also known as Mania. A while ago, a guy named Lee Price stole her symbiote and became the monstrous Maniac! Now, the rest of the gang has pretty familiar faces. Eddie Brock (aka Venom), has teamed up with Spider-Man and Black Cat. Altogether, the squad plans to take down Maniac. So, the issue kicks off with the team searching for the villain.

To their surprise, they end up encountering an enormous, 50-foot version of Maniac that’s quite intimidating. Each member of the team unleashes their ultimate abilities on the monster. There’s even a cool sequence in which Mania goes in for the takedown wielding hellfire. Unfortunately, though, not one of their tactics seems to be successful. In fact, Anti-Venom ends up brutally defeated after his attack on Maniac.

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So, after Spider-Man gives Anti-Venom a pep talk, they devise a plan. They realize Spider-Man’s own blood can serve as an antidote to Maniac’s symbiote since Spidey previously rejected it. Their plan succeeds, and the squad defeats Maniac in the end.

Now, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1 is certainly fun. I love the implementation of Spider-Man’s humor throughout the work and the scale of the action sequences. However, I find faults in its lack of character development. Sure, there’s an emotional sequence between Spider-Man and Flash Thompson. However, this moment is all too brief. So, overall, the issue lacks any depth in its story and primary characters that would have elevated its quality if present.

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1 page 9. Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The Many Hues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1

Artists Gerardo Sandoval and Ryan Stegman do a great job in establishing the scale of the monstrous Maniac. This depiction is particularly noticeable in the panels above. He’s intimidating and certainly a force to be reckoned with, based on his image alone. Also, I enjoy the juxtaposition colorist Brian Reber brings. There’s a clear distinction between the tone of Spider-Man and his allies based just on their coloring. This not only makes Spidey stand out, but it also elevates his light-hearted portrayal compared to his peers.

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Now, I’m not that big of a fan of the organization of panels on some pages. At times, there are small frames scattered across an image depicting a climactic event. I feel as though this distribution of panels takes away from the context of the larger image. So, with this, the organization interferes with the pacing of the narrative at times, resulting in some confusing moments.

Overall, the artists and colorists on this piece excel in their work on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1’s action sequences. As a result, they ultimately contribute to an engaging issue.

What Lies Beyond

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1 will satisfy fans of the Venom character. However, it may leave them wanting more. So, I suppose my final verdict on the piece is that it’s enjoyable. It’s an issue that’s worth checking out, but don’t expect it to leave a long-lasting impression.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. OMEGA #1 by Dan Slott, Mike Costa, Ryan Stegman, Gerardo Sandoval, and Brian Reber
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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: VENOM INC. #1 is a fun, action-packed issue full of humor that will certainly entertain readers, even if it suffers from one-dimensionality.
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