By Dan Horn
July 28, 2011 - 10:29
Writer(s): Rick Remender
Penciller(s): Tony Moore, Tom Fowler
Inker(s): Crime Lab Studios, Tom Fowler
Colourist(s): John Rauch
Letterer(s): Joe Caramagna
Cover Artist(s): Mike McKone, Morry Hollowell
Remender's narrative is honest, speaking to your humanity, your experience, without pandering to your primal emotions or fishing for an easy tear, and perhaps that's why it's so effective, so powerfully sincere. He's constructed the perfect superhero book, by turns heart-rending and action-packed.
This is also one of those rare books, like certain issues of DMZ, where the art transition makes absolute sense and isn't obviously just a product of overbooked schedules, though it may very well have been. The great Tony Moore covers the visceral opening pages of Venom #5, and Tom Fowler follows with demure artwork on the bulk of this character study. Fowler's panels are a palpable ballast of substance, weighing heavily on the reader's heart, evincing the gravitas of self-destructive addiction.
Well, that's about all I can muster the will to say about this issue with the lump it's put in my throat. This may be the first time a comic book has had this kind of profound, personal impact on me. Everyone needs to read Rick Remender's Venom right now.
Venom: Let There Be Carnage