Venom #24

by Nick Devonald on March 11, 2020

Writer: Donny Cates
Pencils: Mark Bagley
Inks: Andy Owens
Colours: Frank Martin
Letters: VC’s Clayton Cowles

I really enjoyed this issue. After last issues shock cliff hanger where Eddie was rescued by Captain America and taken off the island, which was subsequently blown up destroying Venom and Carnage, I was desperate to know where it would go next.

We mostly focus on Eddie’s recovery in Hospital, and what the consequences of these latest developments mean for him going forward. It was a great issue, filled with character development, as well as exploring what Eddie without his symbiote means going forward, his relationship with Dylan.

For spoilers I won’t go into what happens next, but it feels like a cheap narrative trick. It’s also the kind of move that Donny Cates’ writing and storytelling skill is above and was a bit disappointing. It didn't detract from my enjoyment of the issue though. I just think Cates' can do better. Putting that aside though and this issue is a really good one. But I imagine a lot of readers will find themselves annoyed at the twist mid way through.

One of the highlights of this arc of Venom has been learning more about Dylan and his powers, which have featured prominently in each issue. We get even more answers here and it looks like the truth behind his powers and just what Dylan is can’t be far off now.

Something I’ve enjoyed about each subsequent issue has been the cliff hanger endings. Each one has somehow managed to top the incredible one of the previous issue so in a strange way I’ve looked forward to reaching the end of the issue to find out how Cates’ manages it. It’s a hell of a cliffhanger but does it top last months with the Island being destroyed? Debatable. I’ll leave that one open for fans to debate.

Mark Bagley’s pencils along with Andy Owens inks have been one of the highlights of this arc and this issue in particular gives them a chance to draw some fantastic moments. There are some real highlights, including a double page spread featuring Knull that comic fans are going to love. And then there’s the final page which is absolutely brilliant. Story and art come together to create a moment which is going to please fans.

While the art has been great in this issue, a big part of that comes down to Frank Martins colours. Just as there are a few highlights amongst the great art in this issue, Martin’s colours not only make the most of these but there are a few panels in particular where his colours are incredible. The final few pages of the comic, where Dylan features quite heavily, have some great colours in which really stand out and make you stop to appreciate them.

Venom Island is turning into one of the best arcs of Cates’ run on Venom, which has taken me pleasantly by surprise. The art has been incredible, thanks to the talented team of Bagley, Owens and Martin. Cheap plot twist aside this issue’s been great, like all the subsequent ones. It’s building up to a hell of a finale and the next issue promises to be a good one.

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