Venom #23

Venom #23

Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Patrick Zircher Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 22, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 9
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The Avengers task Venom with bringing in Damion Hellstrom – but who are THE MONSTERS OF EVIL?!Rising star Cullen Bunn (WOLVERINE) teams with the Spider-verse’s newest young gun, Thony Silas (ENDS OF THE EARTH) for a new dawn in the life of Flash Thompson!

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 23, 2012

    Sometimes the narration comes off as a little overwrought, and it is admittedly low-calorie action, but Venom is moving surprisingly strong with this new team. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Meylikhov Aug 24, 2012

    So it's with these things in mind that we can very easily give the first issue of Bunn and Silas' run a thumbs up. While it does find it's footing in what came before, it's clear that the new creative team is here to do something different. With a different focus and new villains for Venom to go up against, this first arc of the all-new “Venom” should end up just as strong as the one that came before it. Let's just hope that Bunn can at least infuse the book's hero with as much heart as he does in his other work, namely “the Sixth Gun.” Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - ReadComicBooks Aug 22, 2012

    I must say that I came into this book skeptical simply based on the fact that Rick Remender is one of my favourite writers of all time and he left very big shoes to fill and also the, frankly, poor writing for Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe. Maybe poor writing is too harsh, but it just wasn't good. It was boring, predictable and actually seemed rushed to me. Regardless of the 4 issues in 4 weeks schedule, it seemed rushed and like his full attention wasn't on the Deadpool limited series. After reading Venom I think I can move past the Deadpool series and welcome Cullen Bunn with open arms into his new role as writer for Venom. I just hope that he doesn't stretch himself too thin with the rest of his writing duties and let Venom turn into the kind of work that Deadpool Kills was. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Scott West Aug 23, 2012

    Aside from the story, the artwork from Thony Silas was perfect for this book. It's dark, thick, and very reminiscent of Tony Moore's work that has come before. There's one scene in particular during the flashback sequence that I think worked brilliantly as a spread. If not for Silas' work, I would've given this book a solid middle-of-the-road score of 3 atoms, but the art brought it up just enough to earn… Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Unleash The Fanboy - Harrison Rawdin Aug 24, 2012

    Venom #23 continues the concepts perfected by Rick Remender, by making use of a dark but engaging hero that's just trying to do the best he can. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Sep 20, 2012

    Shilas' art comes as just reactionary. In one panel you'll see Flash shooting and then in the panel below it you'll then see whatever it is that Flash was firing at. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Aug 22, 2012

    Venom vs. Hellstrom. This isn't something I can get excited over due to my lack of interest in Hellstrom. There is some interesting little developments thrown about that could change things for Venom. Of course there's a doosey of a cliffhanger as well. Hopefully Venom can solve this mission without the Secret Avengers rushing to his aide. This is meant to be a solo book and we need to see that Flash still has what it takes to wear the suit and complete his missions. Hopefully he'll be facing villains I find more appealing in later issues. There still is a lot of potential to Flash Thompson being Venom. It almost feels as if he needs to find a new direction in the aftermath of his battle with Crime-Master. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - Jason Todd Aug 25, 2012

    Well this issue was odd... I'm not a big fan of the stuff with guys like Hellstrom and Mephisto, and I didn't care for the Circle of Four storyline, so this immediately put me off. I did like the stuff with Venom and Katy and I would like to see more of Venom and the Avengers, which I can assume will happen soon as Hawkeye finds out that Venom got involved instead of just gathering info. All in all, this was a normal average issue, I enjoyed it less that I would've liked but it's far from bad. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Major Spoilers - Chris Wilson Aug 25, 2012

    I'm in an incredibly difficult situation with this book right now. I loved what Rick Remender did, and am slightly worried that the new team may not live up to what came before. It's not fair to judge a book on what it's not though, and as a first issue of a new story arc it succeeds in setting up the story and characters. But the feeling of indifference and some of the issues with the art don't sit well with me. If I had to recommend this book, it would be to borrow it. I'll see where this is heading, but if my impressions remain the same I may have to drop the title. And that really is unfortunate. Venom #23 gets 2.5 out of 5 stars Read Full Review

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