Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc. Alpha (Marvel)

CREDIT: Marvel

Rating: 4/5 – Venom is About to Get Complicated Again.
By ComicSpectrum senior reviewer Shawn Hoklas.

After years and years of the symbiote being attached to Flash Thompson and a handful of other characters, the symbiote costume recently attached itself back to Eddie Brock. This move simplified what was becoming a much more complicated landscape with Venom and venom-infused characters appearing all over the Marvel Universe. I’ve really enjoyed the new Venom series, and seeing Venom back as Eddie Brock was a much needed back to basics approach to the character. Unfortunately, it looks like with this Alpha issue of Venom Inc. the simplicity didn’t last long.

Writers Dan Slott and Mike Costa, the two writers of Amazing Spider-Man and Venom write this Alpha issue and the art by Ryan Stegman is fantastic throughout.  The issue opens up with Mania, another Venom-like character having the suit stolen from her and then quickly moving from Spider-Man who’s stopping D-list villains like the Ringer and the Tumbler, to Venom battling the Looter. This issue has a really quick pace that’s definitely entertaining, even though I didn’t necessarily agree with the direction that this story is headed. This issue ends on a cliffhanger that sets up an upcoming crossover between Amazing Spider-Man and Venom, before finishing in an Omega issue that will wrap everything up.

This is a fun first issue that both Venom and Spider-Man fans should enjoy. Although I hope after this story is over we get back to simplifying Venom, I’ll be around for this storyline as I’m currently reading both titles. I’m just hoping I enjoy the rest of the storyline, despite the direction it took at the end, as much as I did this first part.

Reviewed by: Shawn Hoklas
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