Web of Venom: The Good Son #1 Review

by Harlan Ivester on January 22, 2020

Writer: Zac Thompson
Penciler: Dio Neves
Inker: Oren Junior
Artist: Juan Gedeon
Colorist: Rain Beredo
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics

            Web of Venom: The Good Son follows Normie Osborn and Dylan Brock’s adventure while Eddie is off doing something important. I don’t know why I thought they would be able to have a nice, normal weekend at home. Zac Thompson writes the boys in a way that feels realistic for their age/maturity, and thankfully, he makes no attempt to use lingo that would be dated by the time you finished reading the book. I can also appreciate the subtle references to Spider-Man’s larger universe. Dylan is going through some natural feelings about what’s happened between him and Eddie, but it does feel like a bit of a jump since the last time we saw him. I wish that were a little more gradual.

            Neves’s pencils hit the mark most of the time. He nails the things that are supposed to be unsettling, and the action is very dynamic. The faces are what felt off to me. There’s often a disconnect between what the word balloons are saying and what the face is. On some occasions, one character will look totally different than they did in a previous page. These boys don’t look their age at all, and some panels can look very two-dimensional. Juan Gedeon nails it in his story. His section has a sort of grit to it. The motions flow really well. In both sections, Rain Beredo gives each panel just what it needs. The first half is more refined, but the second is appropriately reeled in. Excellent shading and restraint in the utilization of the palette.

            Web of Venom: The Good Son is an important chapter in the unfolding saga of Venom vs. Knull. Many will want to pick it up for that alone. The writing is solid, but at the same time, no moment really makes this book stand out to me. Because the art is kind of hit or miss, I can’t say that everyone needs to read this right away.

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