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Venom #5 Review: Venom Has Wings Now!

Venom and Spider-Man (Miles Morales) are in free fall. Spider-Man freed himself and Eddie from Knull, but he's out of web and without a means of slowing their descent. Somehow, Eddie's symbiote sprouts wings, leaves Miles on a rooftop, and Venom has a very confused conversation with himself. The symbiote reveals how it gained this new ability, and the two pay another visit to Rex.

Venom #5 cover by Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, and Frank Martin
Venom #5 cover by Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, and Frank Martin

Venom #5 has the least going on out of all of Donny Cates's issues so far. It sets up a new status quo for Venom's powers, but it doesn't advance the story far. There is a dramatic revelation about Rex, but we don't know this guy that well yet. Also, it feels like a setup for the cornily named Ve'Nam series coming up.

That said, it's still not a bad book. Venom growing wings is pretty damn awesome, I'll take what Miles Morales material I can get at this point, and the confrontation between Eddie and Rex is interesting.

If nothing else, it's in and out quickly too. This isn't a strenuous read, and the pacing is deliberately quick as if to get all this info out in one comic before the next showdown between Venom and Knull — sort of like an intermission. I can't really fault it for that.

Venom #5 art by Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, and Frank Martin
Venom #5 art by Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, and Frank Martin

Ryan Stegman continues to make this a visually stunning book too. I remember criticizing his work on Venom Inc. and feel a bit silly for it now. That said — good grief, Eddie's eyebrows are still nuts. Regardless, he makes a winged-Venom look as awesome as it sounds. JP Mayer gives the comic a good inking treatment, and Frank Martin's color work is an ominous mixture of deep blacks and blood reds.

Venom #5 is the least exciting issue of Cates' tenure so far, but it's still a solid read. We learn a little more about the symbiote, Rex, and Knull, and Eddie has wings now — so that's objectively awesome. This one comes with a recommendation. Check it out.

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Joshua DavisonAbout Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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