After being bonded to an honorable host for a while, the Venom symbiote is struggling to make peace with its new homicidal douchebag host.
Venom #3 (Marvel Comics)
- The symbiote’s home planet seems terrifyingly cool.
- Now THAT’S how you do a collage.
- Dang. This symbiote has a bigger “No One Dies” complex than Peter Parker.
- I’d take the deal, Lee. This agent’s cajones trump your sociopathic tendencies any day of the week.
- Hell yeah, Mac Gargan. Hell yeah.
Is it Good?
After the last issue, I was pretty close to dropping this book. Venom #3 may not be a perfect comic by any stretch, but it was definitely good enough to convince me to stick with it a little longer.
For starters, Gerardo Sandoval’s art is the best it’s been, particularly on the gorgeous two-page spread and the issue’s best sequence—when the symbiote attempts to (FINALLY) tear itself from Lee and bond with a much more desirable host. Mike Costa may have too good a job at making Agent Wambaugh likable, because I was rooting like hell for him to become the Venom.
But as unlikable as Lee continues to be, it was nice seeing the symbiote show a bit more gumption beyond its incessant whining and inconvenient hijinks. It was also great seeing Mac Gargan finally start to take a more active role in all this. We all knew it would happen eventually, but the final page is still a surprising (and wonderful treat). He also continues to do a good job portraying Black Cat in her new role as a city crime lord.
I still can’t stand Venom’s bland and trope-laden main character, but at least Costa is surrounding him with a supporting cast that’s starting to make things interesting. Combine that with Sandoval’s excellent artwork, and Venom might still have a chance to permanently bond itself to my pull list.
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