Writing - 7.5/10
Art - 8.5/10
Overall - 8.0/10
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Writer: Donny Cates
Penciler: Ryan Stegman
Inker: Jp Mayer
Colorist: Frank Martin
Letterer: Vc Clayton Cowles
Maturity Rating: Teen
Release Date: August 22, 2018
After getting a lesson on the Klyntar origin in the belly of a Grendel, Eddie and his newly-upgraded symbiote decide to get more answers from Rex.
Time for An Upgrade in Venom #5
This week in Venom #5 the story immediately picks up after the cliffhanger from the last issue. After learning about the symbiote’s true heritage from Knull, Miles and Eddie discovered they were trapped in the belly of a Grendel. A Grendel heading straight for Klyntar. The two manage to escape, but after escaping the symbiote gets an unexpected upgrade. And Eddie and Rex have a heart to heart about Grendel.
Quite possibly the best part of Donny Cates‘ run has been the reshaping of the lore. Yes, the symbiotes have gone through different imaginings of their past. This one has been a fun and invigorating aspect to the mythology, even though it seems like just yesterday we were learning that Klyntar literally means cage. The cage to imprison their god, as a matter of fact. This week brings about even more revelations. Revelations about the power of the symbiote and the special makeup of the Grendel. Specifically, though, the symbiote gets wings. Venom can fly now.
Even though the addition of new myths and powers is exciting, the characters in the story have not been given much to do. Eddie moves along from revelation to revelation, never taking time to reflect. Though that does allow for the story to advance, it sacrifices character progression. The relationship between him and Rex has not been too fleshed out yet either. After the events this week, however, I can see the opportunity for that to change.
Art has always been a staple for the character of Venom. How could it not be, when one of the creators behind his conception was legendary artist Todd McFarlane. Ryan Stegman has consistently been doing the character justice on this series. With a breathtaking splash page of an upgraded Venom, with wings, to Klyntar just wrapping around each other, panel after panel has you eagerly awaiting a new symbiotic monster.
The framing of the panels in this book has also been a pleasure to see. Using principles from cinematography to leave the biggest impact, it shows an understanding of both mediums. The use of symmetry in certain panels to create the sense of uneasiness. Or the artists adhering to the 180-degree rule in conversations to create an intensity between the characters.
This new Venom series continues to be a blast for those who love worldbuilding. Thankfully, book 5 steps a bit away from the worldbuilding to give us a little more relationship-building between Eddie and Rex. But not much. However, the upgraded symbiote is reason enough to pick up this book. As long as they strike a balance between relationships and lore this is a series with many places to go, and I would like to see where it ends up. The upgraded symbiote should be reason alone to pick up the book.
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