Title : Edge of Venomverse : War Stories
Publisher : Marvel Comics
Writer : Assorted (Cullen Bunn, Declan Shalvey, Magdalene Visaggio, Aaron Covington)
Illustrator : Assorted (Annapaola Martello, Declan Shalvey, Alex Arizmendi, Khary Randolph)
Thoughts on Cover
Venom, one of the most despicable villains in comic book history, but also one of the most diverse creations. An alien symbiote that attaches itself to a host, bringing out the darkest thoughts, abilities, and overall darkest actions that are possible. A cult favorite for most comic book fans, even those who may not be a fan of spiderman (and if you aren’t, you need to give your head a shake).
This cover does for me what I want every comic to do, question everything I am about to see. A Venom symbiote on Black Panther, Rocket Raccoon, Doctor Strange? Absolutely sucked me into the pages, as I needed to see which I would like more.
Inside the pages of this title are several short stories to introduce separate Venom controlled characters that we’ve all either loved, or at least been aware of their immense capabilities. Venom has started to create an army among the multiverse. The only one who can see what’s coming is Doctor Strange, and he is doing his best to keep control of an already messy situation. In doing so, he needs to be careful what he does, as to not become the thing he hunts.
We get a story about Black Panther (kind of), Kingpin/Punisher, Rocket Raccoon/Captain America (Carol Danvers), and ending with Victor Von Doom, so giving us a pretty wide variety of heroes and villains. All vying for the same thing before the Venom symbiote came, power or fame. Either way, all it did was increase their abilities, and turn their minds into something it could come to easily control.
By laying out this small series of stories, it sets us up for the actual Venomverse comic, which shows an army of symbiote controlled heroes and villains taking their wrath out on the world. I am absolutely sure this will be a fun time, just like the Deadpool side stories usually are too.
What I Liked
- The stories work very well together, giving us a real look at the backbone of the coming title. I appreciated the diversity of each story, as refreshing as they were because of different points of view.
- The artwork, as almost always with Marvel, was amazing. It was well laid out, perfectly executed, and all in all worth the read more than most lately.
What I Didn’t Like
- I know it was meant to give us a small glimpse, but I felt it too rushed. Most of the comics within are merely 6 or 8 pages, and really don’t give us a decent understanding of why each character decided to stick with the symbiote.
- The jumping timelines thing I feel is way overdone. Marvel has used this lately as a bit of a crutch, and while I am sure some people like it, I find it to be unnecessarily convoluted, and overdone.
Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down
I’ll have to go with a Thumbs Sideways on this one. While I am excited to see what is to come, I am a bit overdone with the tropes in Marvel’s recent titles.