Posted October 19, 2012 by Mikael Angelo Francisco in Comics


Reviewing Venom #26 by Cullen Bunn and Declan Shalvey.

Totally and thankfully unaffected by the one-two punch of AvX and Marvel Now!, Minimum Carnage continues in this week’s issue of Venom.

As Venom (Flash Thompson) and Scarlet Spider (Kaine) are separated in the Microverse in their pursuit of Carnage, the bloodthirsty villain hacks and murders his way to the source of this pint-sized madness. His corpse-filled quest eventually leads to him crossing paths with Scarlet Spider, while Venom finds himself fighting alongside the Microverse’s ant-sized analogues of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Cullen Bunn’s writing here is smart and fast-paced, providing appropriate voices to the characters. Bunn does a particularly good job of taking us into the mind of Flash Thompson; it’s not hard to appreciate the irony that a character who is half-alien and half-soldier finds himself feeling uneasy in a pocket-sized space war.

I also like Declan Shalvey’s art here. His work is sharp and clean, and he really seems to excel at drawing lean, acrobatic characters in action (like Scarlet Spider). His rendition of Carnage is close to the vampiric Ultimate version – I’ve noticed that this seems to be the trend in drawing Carnage these days – and while he looks a little too smooth for my liking, it does give the villain a sinister, slimy quality.

VERDICT: 3.5/5

The third installment of Minimum Carnage isn’t as strong as the second, but it’s still a fun read, and the ending, which promises a one-on-one brawl between killer symbiote and killer clone, will leave you eagerly anticipating the next part.

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Mikael Angelo Francisco