VENOM #150 BY MIKE COSTA, TRADD MOORE, FELIPE SOBREIRO, ROBBIE THOMPSON, GERARDO SANDOVAL, DONO SÁNCHEZ-ALMARA, DAVID MICHELINIE, RON LIM, JOHN LIVESAY, AND LEE LOUGHRIDGE
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Together, with Tradd Moore and colorist Felipe Sobreiro, Mike Costa gives readers new and old an unbridled look at the complex relationship between Brock and the symbiote. The end result? A story that will guide the direction of Venom for years to come.
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After turning in a forty-two-page master’s thesis on Venom a few days ago, I thought I’d be able to take a break from the character — at least for a week. Nope, not happening. VENOM #150 is giant; at a staggering 52 pages, it has something for everyone. VENOM #150 features creators past and present who’ve made Venom into the complex and nuanced character (and killing machine) we know today, and as such, it gives an excellent introduction to the character while also satisfying die-hard fans.

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Enemies, Answers, Eddie Brock

Brock’s reunion with the symbiote doesn’t appear to have healed the damage done to it by Lee Price. Its speech is fragmented, as fans will best remember it. This isn’t the calculating and benevolent symbiote used by Flash Thompson. No, this is the obsessive and unbridled one who drew fans in at the character’s inception.

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Image from VENOM #150 courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

VENOM #150’s main story is perhaps the most in-depth exploration of the relationship between Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote since VENOM: SEPARATION ANXIETY. Writer Mike Costa digs into the character’s roots, using the church where Brock and the symbiote first bonded as a major plot point. Costa’s work reads like poetry. The persistence and complexity of Costa’s love metaphor make this one of the most poetic comics I’ve ever encountered (a title also held by Costa’s SCARLET SPIDERS #1)! The creative marriage of Mike Costa and Tradd Moore is unbelievably successful.

Artist Tradd Moore and colorist Felipe Sobreiro revitalize Venom with a fresh take on the character’s heyday. Moore’s art is bold, sometimes bordering on the psychedelic. Coupled with Sobreiro’s use of striking and contrasting colors, this story is wildly satisfying, visually. I’m praying that the supreme deities at Marvel put this team together on this title again in the future.

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Just How DID Flash Lose the Symbiote?

If you’d followed Robbie Thompson’s run on VENOM: SPACE KNIGHT, you were probably a bit confused when VENOM #1 began with a lone symbiote searching for a new host, with no explanation as to how it was separated from longtime host Flash Thompson. Thanks to a short story titled “Dependence Day”, answers will no longer evade you. Thompson takes readers on a heartbreaking journey that paints the symbiote as vulnerable and scared. Artist Gerardo Sandoval’s take on Venom is gritty, massive, and feral — and in this sense, captures the character’s essence better than anyone has done before. While Sandoval’s over-the-top art conjures images of the ’90s, colorist Dono Sánchez-Almara contributes a dark, yet nuanced palette that reminds readers that we’re indeed in 2017.

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Image from VENOM #150 courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

A Wonderful Throwback

David Michelinie is the writer who introduced Venom nearly thirty years ago in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #299. Ron Lim drew some of the most important VENOM comics of the 1990s. A greater team couldn’t have been assembled for this throwback story. Set soon after Brock first bonded with the symbiote, this short story shows readers just why Venom’s title of the Lethal Protector is so well-deserved. With a morality as black and white as the iconic symbiotic suit, Venom halts a mall robbery with excruciating force. Violent and packed with over-dramatic asides so essential to the character, Michelinie and Lim provide an excellent homage to Venom’s roots.

 

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 Image from VENOM #150 courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

Final Thoughts

If you were at all confused as to how Flash Thompson was separated from the symbiote, buy this book. If you yearn for the over-the-top ’90s stylings of Michelinie and Lim, buy this book. If your feelings towards Venom are anywhere between feigned curiosity or heart-eye-Emoji-laced obsession, buy this book. In all honesty, there is no reason that you shouldn’t be walking out of your local comic book store today with this book in your hands.

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