Venom has finally returned to all his comic glory and I couldn’t be more excited. Issue #1 was released Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 and with great excitement, I opened it up and man, the cover immediately grabs you. This is a new story line and new players in this run. Mike Costa, who did critically acclaimed work for G.I. Joe: Cobra, is back as the main writer in this series. The Artist, Gerardo Sandoval is familiar in the Venom comic book circle as he’s done artwork on Venom: Space Knight (2015) issues 11 to 13.
Most times, when Marvel releases a new story line #1, the story is slow moving and tries to give a little background information first. It’s typically not until issue 2 or 3 that we really start to see where the story is heading but that’s not the case here. It starts from the beginning and it’s clear within just the first few pages, Venom is back and he’s just as murderous as ever. Just in the first issue alone, there are at least 8 people killed. Make no mistake about it, Venom is here to kick ass and chew bubble gum and it appears, for the time being, he’s all out of bubble gum.
The story immediately grabs you and you go from 0-100 within just the first few pages. It will be interesting to see if they can keep up this pace, and body count, but this looks to be a promising series. On top of that, the artwork is some of the best since Hawkeye (2012), Magneto (2014), and Elektra (2014). The story starts off with a guy named Lee, a disabled veteran, meeting up with a friend who knows someone who needs help from an enforcer. Not to actually kill someone but to look like he could. Things go south during an exchange of goods with another mafia group and Venom shows up to take over Lee. He takes to his new powers like a fish to water and it should be very interesting just what he means by making “big moves” by himself.