Venom: The End #1 Review

by Harlan Ivester on January 15, 2020

Writer: Adam Warren
Artist: Jeffrey “Chamaba” Cruz
Colorist: Guru-eFX
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics

            Marvel’s has been milking Venom dry lately. So glad they’re finally killing him off.

            Anyway, Venom: The End is a story about how Eddie and, more importantly, the Venom symbiote, will supposedly meet their end. I expected something really personal and emotional, but this story is very much the opposite. It’s all wrapped up in the scale of its own events. Instead, this is a story of the cosmic variety. There’s almost nothing personal about it, and for me, I think that made it a miss. It’s not bad, but I can’t be interested in a story just because something that happens is insane and crazy. The narrator is very, very wordy; sometimes needlessly so. That may bother some people. Sometimes it succeeds in reading like poetry, but other times it’s just bloated and pretentious. The narrator also has a weird, slightly Deadpool-esque sense of humor, and yeah, it doesn’t work for me. Totally clashes with the tone that the book is trying to set.

            If there’s anything to enjoy about this issue, it’s definitely the art. As I said, the scope of this is cosmic, pedal-to-the-metal. Cruz gets to draw some really, really wild stuff. I don’t personally think it’s worth the price of admission just for that, but that’s just me. His Venom is monstrous and unique, although his energy hand cannons may give him an advantage there. There’s a great sense of scope in every panel. However, I think several pages are simply overcrowded and need room to breathe, and the few expressive human faces found in the book don’t look fitting. I feel like Guru-eFX’s contributions are lacking this time around. A story with this setting should have a lot more variety to its palette, but the pages can be really flat at times. It never looks bad, but it never looks anything more than standard.

            I can’t say that I recommend Venom: The End. Wait for it on Unlimited if you must, but I think you’ll be disappointed to find a story with dissonant tones in a crazy series of events with zero substance. The art is the best thing this book has going for it, but ultimately, it feels like it could have done more for the reader. I wouldn’t bother with this one.

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