Kraven the Hunter is back in town, and the underground dinosaur colony that's heralded Venom as their savior is in his crosshairs.
He badly wounded one dinosaur woman, and she goes to Eddie for help, which Kraven did not expect.
Eddie goes to investigate, and this leads to an epic battle between Venom, the Lethal Protector, and Kraven the Hunter.
The plot is pleasingly straightforward in this one. Kraven hunts dinosaurs. Dinosaurs get Venom. Venom fights Kraven.
There are still things in between. We get the ever-changing relationship between Eddie and the symbiote. It's weird that the symbiote is becoming kind of cute in a cannibal space-demon kinda way. It genuinely cares for Eddie and wants to help him protect the innocents.
There's also a line making fun of the hipsters gentrifying New York city.
I don't live anywhere near New York, but it's funny how I've gotten a feel for how far that one is going thanks to everything from Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Black Panther and the Crew to Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Plus, you know, news publications, too.
The fight between Eddie and Kraven was everything you could hope it would be. It's bloody and vicious. Kraven keeps finding new toys, and Venom keeps coming inches from ripping his head off. It's amazing.
And this action is brought to life as only Mark Bagley could. It's sequenced so well, and each savage shot, slash, and blow is impactful. It's the best of old comic art and new comic art brought together. It's amazing, and it left me hooked. Color artist Dono Sanchez-Almara puts in great work, too. It's an all-around great-looking issue.
Venom is on track with Mike Costa, Bagley, and Almara. #156 was a fun and absorbing issue through and through, and it earns its recommendation with aplomb. Read this one. It's a great ride.
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