Written by: Mike Costa, Robbie Thompson, David Michelinie
Art by: Tradd Moore, Gerardo Sandoval, Ron Lim
Published by: Marvel Comics
REUNITED, AND IT FEELS SO GOOD! Or, feels so bad? However it feels, Eddie Brock and the Venom symbiote have been reunited, and they’re web-slinging their way around New York again.
Featuring a host (hah!) of Venom creators from the character’s near 30-year history, this monstrous anniversary spectacular welcomes guest artist TRADD MOORE for an oversized and brutal main story AND a lethal story featuring fan-favorite creators David Michelinie and Ron Lim, reunited!
With questions still lingering about how the symbiote was separated from Flash Thompson, and what lies in its future now that it’s reunited with Eddie Brock, this is one issue you can’t afford to miss!
The original Venom Eddie Brock is back! And so is Venom’s original numbering… sort of? For much of his career as Venom, Eddie Brock didn’t have a regular monthly title. Instead, he starred in a ton of awful mini series starting in 1992.
But now Marvel is saying that if you add up all the Venom mini series and the monthly titles from the last decade or so, they all add up to issue #150. This means a nice sales spike for the kind milestone issues you rarely see in comics anymore.
Anyways, Venom #150 Kicks things off with a couple of pages recapping how Eddie became Venom in the first place. We then see Eddie is having trouble sleeping. so he goes out web slinging. when Venom spots an armed robbery going down. the big guy stops the robbery, but I thought this sequence took longer than it needed to.
Also, I must say Eddie Brock is a lot less murderous than I remember him being.
While the sybmiote wants to mow down the robbers, it’s Eddie who has to hold it back. These scenes reminded me of the early 1990’s Deathlok that was always overriding the killer computer he was bonded with. So after a few more scenes of the sybmiote begging to kill someone, Eddie decides the smart thing to do is go to confession.
The art by Tradd Moore isn’t bad, but because his style is somewhat cartoonish, it doesn’t fit with the tone of the story by Mike Costa. The book’s opening story concludes with a big battle against someone who may or may not be the Scorpion. I’d go back and look, bbut by the time Eddie went to church, I was already regretting buying this comic.
I’m not even going to mention the issue’s second story because the art by Gerardo Sandaoval was so incoherent, it made me dizzy. This is followed by a Venom cover gallery featuring every cover of all the mini series, and monthly titles. And no, I did not take the time to see if they add up to 150.
The lone highlight of Venom #150 is the backup story by David Michelinie and Ron Lim. This brought me back to the character’s Lethal Protector days, and Ron Lim surprised me with a new art style. Yes, this new Ron Lim art also has a cartoon feel to it, but this time it fits with the story being told.
Venom #150 clocks in at just over forty story pages, and if you like the Eddie Brock version of the character, you’ll get $6.00 worth of shenanigans. Personally, I prefer Venom’s former host, Flash Thompson, so I will not be back for Venom #151 or the big Venom crossover later this year.
Venom #150 score: D