Venom # 2: (writer: Rick Remender; art: Tony Moore)
First off, Tony Moore’s art is awesome in this issue. He perfectly captures the insanity of the symbiote as well as Kraven’s madness. I think what I liked most about this issue was how Rick Remender dropped us, as readers, into a world that made no sense.
We feel as lost as Flash does as he tries to battle the recently resurrected Kraven (who goes on to crush a giant spider, then drink its venom – pretty friggin’ cool!). There’s an unbelievable amount of violence and action for such a short comic, and while I know Marvel has failed, in the past, to do a Venom series, they may have actually found a way to make it work.
Flash Thompson is a likeable enough guy. He’s a war veteran who was wounded while on duty, the result of which was his legs being amputated. The symboiote regrows those legs, so readers can see how Flash would have a need to be bonded to the suit. The symbiote also gives Flash greater strength, agility, and the power of Spider-Man. Adversely, the suit makes him go crazy. So I can’t say the “we” appearing in Flash’s thought boxes by the end of the issue surprised me. (more…)