High School bully turned war hero Flash Thompson lost his legs serving his country in the war. Offering him a way out, the U.S government gave him the Venom symbiote and a job. Uprooting to the city of brotherly love Philadelphia, Flash strives to make a difference. Cleaning up the streets may be enough for Flash but it is not enough for the symbiote. Wearing down Flash a little more everyday Venom pushes himself further and further to the surface. With an old enemy and an old Venom ally stalking them, how long until Flash finds that Venom serves no one?
Venom is a character I have loved from the moment I first saw him on the Spider-Man animated series. He is arguably one of the most beloved villains of all time. With that being said when I heard a few years back that Marvel was rebranding him as a hero and Flash Thompson was the new Venom I had my doubts. Needless to say I was wrong. Venom issue 31 is without question one of marvels strongest issues this year. Everything in this comic was flawless. I believe that the scripting of Venom has never been stronger. Writer Cullen BunnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s humor is only superseded by his imagination. For the first time Venom is grounded with a likeable host that people can relate and sympathize with. Every line written in this issue was purposeful and propelled the story into the stratosphere. Bunn achieved a near perfect balance between Flash ThompsonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s charm and VenomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s desire to eat people. Cullen Bunn could not have written a better issue.
One the most difficult thing to do is find a suitable counterpart to a great writer. Artist Declan Shalvey and writer Cullen Bunn achieved a perfect harmony while creating this issue. The aesthetic of this issue has a big screen feel to it, illustrating flash back sequences with an artistic filter that propels the reader to a new place and time. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m not a big fan of the new Venom costume but it plays a magnificent contrast for when the symbiote forces his way through. Shalvey draws an amazing Venom. The disturbing and alarming arise of the symbiote at moments of intensity were an astounding addition to an already complex character.
I could not praise this issue more. Everything flowed in perfect synchronization. Illustrations add to the narratives and told the underlined story. Ã‚Â There was subtext behind the artistic design that was truly masterful. I give Venom #31 9.5 out of 10. Venom has never been so solid.
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