In the current Venom comic series, writer Donny Cates blew the doors off the Venom mythos by revealing symbiotes came to earth before Spider-man originally brought Venom. Web of Venom: Ve’nam #1 is the story of these first symbiotes. It’s the story of Rex Strickland and the sym-soldiers.

And frankly, it’s a story that grips the reader and doesn’t let go. Let’s take a look at what this alien-packed issue holds within.

The Secret Presence of Symbiotes

Web of Venom: Ve’nam #1 opens with a lone platoon soldier in the dark heart of a Vietnam jungle during the Vietnam War.  While searching for his lost platoon, he stumbles upon an alarming sight: their tattered remains. 

And perching upon their mound of mangled flesh is an unsightly, inky black creature with a terrible grin.  Suffice it to say, this soldier never made it back home. S.H.I.E.L.D., the clandestine government agency, inevitably gets involved, and a vivid narrative ensues.  As new and familiar faces in the Marvel Universe encounter the first symbiotes on earth, the story of Rex Strickland and the sym-soldiers unfurls.

The Art

Web of Venom: Ve’nam #1 walks a very fine line between a classic horror story and a war story, all while juggling sci-fi elements. While artistic preferences for each of those genres vary greatly, artist Juanan Ramirez and colorist Felipe Sobreiro produce a style that somehow blends all three.  Pair this with the top-tier lettering of VC’s Clayton Cowles and you get something particularly special.

The expert panel layouts, sharp pencils and inks, and lush colors with deep shadows form a completely immersive world.  You feel the struggle of each soldier; and as they encounter horrors from the great beyond, you feel their chilling dismay. Crisp penciling and inking married with gorgeously grainy colors evoke watching an old movie, one that keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The designs for characters old and new are each distinct, fresh, and consistent throughout the book. Plus, their setting, the layout of the panels, was chosen to fantastic effect. The comic is completely fluid yet takes its time in parts to deepen the plot or raise the suspense.

The Writing & Plot

Every character comes to life with emphatic emotion. You feel each moment of determination, dissonance, and dread as if you were in those dreary jungles swarming with living shadows. Dialogue is natural and wholly convincing. Every line is gripping and gives depth to the characters and the narrative.

Web of Venom: Ve’nam is a beautiful execution of the five-act story structure. Action rises and falls at a superb pace all while hooking the reader with every page. The book gives a complete origin for the sym-soldiers seen in the current Venom comics but leaves things open for further expansion of the mythos.

And I am sure readers will want more once they get their hands on what Cates, Ramirez, Sobreiro, and Cowles have crafted.

Grab A Copy Of This Scary Good Web of Venom: Ve’nam #1 Story

Web of Venom: Ve’nam #1 is the perfect companion to the current Venom series.  Venom (2018) is redefining the history of Venom and the symbiotes in phenomenal ways, and this untold chapter in the saga is absolutely welcome. Marvel is putting out so many amazing books at the moment, and this is no exception.  The title of the comic may be a little goofy, but don’t let that stop you from picking up this must-read issue.

Web of Venom: Ve'nam #1 by Donny Cates, Juanan Ramirez, Felipe Sobreiro, and Clayton Cowles
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