By Dan Slott (story), John Romita Jr. (pencils), Klaus Janson (inks), Dean White (colors)
You know, this title doesn’t need any of that “brain trust” nonsense. It doesn’t need multiple writers or multiple artists (though the artists featured so far with Brand New Day have been most welcomed). All this book needs is Dan Slott and John Romita Jr. And as much as I love this series coming out three times a month, it can go back to being monthly if only to accommodate Romita’s schedule – because ever since he and Slott have come together this title has been nothing but pure comic book fun.
If you’ve been following the last two issues, then your attention is going to be focused on Eddie Brock’s new lease on life. Will he revert back to being a bad guy or will he continue down the (overly) righteous path? Personally, I feel Brock was a decent guy who let greed take him down the wrong path. He wasn’t inherently bad or had a “dark side” to him as that stupid Venom: Dark Origins story might suggest. Here, he’s given a chance at redemption and even to maybe make amends with Spider-Man and surprisingly, he takes it! (He just takes it a little too far.) And this is where the story gets more interesting.
As for Menace, I’m a fan of the character. Sure, he/she’s another Goblin knockoff, but it looks like we’re finally going to get some answers as to who this person is and what his or her real agenda is all about. Per usual, Menace works to disrupt the Mayoral campaign with intimidation only to have his or her plans undone by exerting too much force. I’ll admit, it’s borderline ridiculous when Menace is ultimately chased off by two lowly police officers – one of them being Vin Gonzales – but only Dan Slott could get away with such silliness. Having our silly Goblin finally come face-to-face with Norman Osborn at the end of the issue is pure gold.
Romita’s art grabs the reader and doesn’t let go. He’s in fine form right from the opening panels (the second panel will induce flashbacks of the 1960s cartoon run). From Venom vesus Anti-Venom to Venoms versus Spider-Man, this issue’s just a total blast from cover to cover. Don’t miss out on this one. (Grade: A)
– J. Montes