We’re three issues into Cullen Bunn’s Venom run. In this issue, Venom took on a bunch of demon possessed monsters single-handedly while trying to stop Hellstrom’s plans. It’s sort of a continuation of February’s Circle of Four crossover. The first two issues were a little disappointing, so was this one any better?
Yes, Venom 25 is an improvement over 23 and 24. While it doesn’t have nearly the character depth of Rick Remender’s run, it’s still a fun read. The confrontation between Venom and the previously mentioned monsters feels a little anti-climactic. At one point, Venom has giant teeth stabbing clean through his chest yet he’s still able to jump around. During Remender’s run, minor slashes from knives hurt Venom, he seems a bit too invincible in this issue. There’s also the total lack of an internal struggle with the Venom symbiote, or the demon that is supposedly trapped inside Flash. However it becomes awesome when he figures out how to “defeat” the demonic beasts.
After the fight, there’s some very interesting plot development that could have huge implications for the future of Venom’s series. Even if this arc was somewhat disappointing, it’s hard not to get excited over what could come next. Hopefully the series will improve from here.
The artwork is kind of mediocre. The monsters aren’t nearly as frightening as they should be. There aren’t any fine details on anything, and the backgrounds are usually kind of boring. The art isn’t bad by any means, but it doesn’t fit the story very well.
If you enjoyed the last two issues of Venom, then you’ll probably like this one. Despite its flaws, it’s an improvement over the last two issues. If you thought they were OK, read this and decide for yourself. I can’t really recommend this issue for new readers since it isn’t anything special, but at least pay attention to this series in case it gets better.