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Venom by Al Ewing & Ram V, Vol. 1: Recursion

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Following a blockbuster turn by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, Marvel’s resident master of horror, Al Ewing, takes over the adventures of Venom — bringing the same style and sensibilities that made IMMORTAL HULK a smash to the symbiote hivemind! But like Eddie Brock himself, Al needs a partner in crime — and Marvel has enlisted Ram V, a titan of terror in his own right, to Following a blockbuster turn by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, Marvel’s resident master of horror, Al Ewing, takes over the adventures of Venom — bringing the same style and sensibilities that made IMMORTAL HULK a smash to the symbiote hivemind! But like Eddie Brock himself, Al needs a partner in crime — and Marvel has enlisted Ram V, a titan of terror in his own right, to lend a dramatic and dangerous air to this new vision of Venom! And why stop there?! Every book needs an artist, and we’ve enlisted one of the best: the ultimate illustrator, Bryan Hitch! An industry superstar who’s drawn scores of fan-favorite books, Bryan brings his rich and detailed style to the Venomverse! One superstar era gives way to another — and you won’t believe what lies ahead!


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Following a blockbuster turn by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, Marvel’s resident master of horror, Al Ewing, takes over the adventures of Venom — bringing the same style and sensibilities that made IMMORTAL HULK a smash to the symbiote hivemind! But like Eddie Brock himself, Al needs a partner in crime — and Marvel has enlisted Ram V, a titan of terror in his own right, to Following a blockbuster turn by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, Marvel’s resident master of horror, Al Ewing, takes over the adventures of Venom — bringing the same style and sensibilities that made IMMORTAL HULK a smash to the symbiote hivemind! But like Eddie Brock himself, Al needs a partner in crime — and Marvel has enlisted Ram V, a titan of terror in his own right, to lend a dramatic and dangerous air to this new vision of Venom! And why stop there?! Every book needs an artist, and we’ve enlisted one of the best: the ultimate illustrator, Bryan Hitch! An industry superstar who’s drawn scores of fan-favorite books, Bryan brings his rich and detailed style to the Venomverse! One superstar era gives way to another — and you won’t believe what lies ahead!

30 review for Venom by Al Ewing & Ram V, Vol. 1: Recursion

  1. 5 out of 5

    Subham

    I guess it was okayish? Honestly after Cates it was tough for anyone to hit the same levels but its a good attempt as we see the focus on Dylan and what he is feeling after what happens to Eddie in the first issue and then meeting some old friend of his fathers, the betrayals and the dilemma with the symbiote and what they do next and also we get to find out what happened to Eddie and this new enemy Meridius and how he is involved. A challenge through time I guess and also next up for Dylan: Bedl I guess it was okayish? Honestly after Cates it was tough for anyone to hit the same levels but its a good attempt as we see the focus on Dylan and what he is feeling after what happens to Eddie in the first issue and then meeting some old friend of his fathers, the betrayals and the dilemma with the symbiote and what they do next and also we get to find out what happened to Eddie and this new enemy Meridius and how he is involved. A challenge through time I guess and also next up for Dylan: Bedlam! Great volume in a setting up sense and it does well to show the threats Eddie will be facing and the art by Hitch is okay and getting better. The characterization is okayish, not the best but maybe its due to writing change and them wanna trying to something different. So yeah good read, a lot of future plotlines established too and lets see how this run goes.

  2. 5 out of 5

    RWQuilter

    And so we're off on a wild Al Ewing ride..if the recent Immortal Hulk run is an example to go by.... And so we're off on a wild Al Ewing ride..if the recent Immortal Hulk run is an example to go by....

  3. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    I almost landed on a 2 out of 5 but the art and last issue did help. After the explosive and well recived Cates run, Al Ewing and Ram V came on board. Both extremely solid writers working together with Hitch's art, what can go wrong? Well, for starters, making Dylan kind of a meh character about half way through. Dylan was a standout in Cates run. He was brave, kind hearted, and really helped push Eddie to become a better man. I would have loved to see more of that. Except Eddie does make a choi I almost landed on a 2 out of 5 but the art and last issue did help. After the explosive and well recived Cates run, Al Ewing and Ram V came on board. Both extremely solid writers working together with Hitch's art, what can go wrong? Well, for starters, making Dylan kind of a meh character about half way through. Dylan was a standout in Cates run. He was brave, kind hearted, and really helped push Eddie to become a better man. I would have loved to see more of that. Except Eddie does make a choice to leave at the end while Dylan stays behind on earth. And this picks up pretty soon after with a actually solid opening of Dylan on the run after his dad telling him to meet him somewhere despite his dad just being in the room a few minutes prior. Gives a nice "scary" moment that makes you question who is who. But then the next few issues feel like drone on without much interest. Dylan being hunted, captured, hunted, fight. But none of it is hitting emotionally. Eddie is in some symbiot safe haven of some sort with a big bad pulling the strings...meh. Overall it isn't horrible and the art is solid but I just can't help but feel it's missing the heart that made the last run so good. Let's see if they can turn it around in volume 2.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Matty Dub

    The beautiful art by Hitch is the star of the show. Story side it’s a bit of a mess by the end of the volume, plot lines and hint are scattered everywhere over the four issues but at no time brought together in any way that makes sense.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Donny Cates was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Al Ewing and Ram V grab the ball from him seamlessly and run with it to create something altogether new and exciting. Ram V's issues focus on Dylan Brock for the most part; we get to see him bonding with Venom and a strange relationship form between the two. Both Dylan and the symbiote know Eddie in different ways, and the way they go about moving forward together is less of a partnership and more of a reluctant babysitter. That's with Donny Cates was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Al Ewing and Ram V grab the ball from him seamlessly and run with it to create something altogether new and exciting. Ram V's issues focus on Dylan Brock for the most part; we get to see him bonding with Venom and a strange relationship form between the two. Both Dylan and the symbiote know Eddie in different ways, and the way they go about moving forward together is less of a partnership and more of a reluctant babysitter. That's without even adding in Sleeper (who's still a cat, adorably) who tries to keep them both out of trouble, and the return of the Life Foundation and Arthur Krane from Extreme Carnage. V's building a bigger story with a lot of moving parts, and that's before we even get to Ewing's part. Ewing instead follows Eddie Brock on his trip across the universe. With King In Black expanding the Venom mythos, you'd think it might get a bit ungainly, but Ewing introduces some new symbiote characters that have their own well-formed personalities and motivations that will no doubt add wrinkles to the tapestry going forward. While V's back on earth dealing with the nitty gritty, Ewing's going cosmic/temporal, and I can't wait to see what happens when the two threads meet. Bryan Hitch wouldn't be my first choice for a symbiote book, but he's not a bad fit all told. His Venom can sometimes feel a bit static as opposed to the usual tentacley mess that we're used to, but you can't deny that the guy can choreograph a fight scene like no one's business. Venom's not taking a breather - King In Black might have turned his world upside down, but Ram V, Al Ewing, and Bryan Hitch aren't about to let up the pressure now, and the ride's only just beginning.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Andrew Shaffer

    DNF.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Blindzider

    Not a fan of Venom, but I did enjoy most of Coates' run. He spent a lot of time making me actually like Eddie and have empathy for him. The King in Black finale was a little much for me, but it was an inevitable conclusion. I primarily read this for Hitch's art, however, while it may be something different for him to draw I find his Venom to be...soft and not very intimidating. Because (so far) this is a smaller, personal story, Hitch's bread and butter, widescreen action, isn't present. There we Not a fan of Venom, but I did enjoy most of Coates' run. He spent a lot of time making me actually like Eddie and have empathy for him. The King in Black finale was a little much for me, but it was an inevitable conclusion. I primarily read this for Hitch's art, however, while it may be something different for him to draw I find his Venom to be...soft and not very intimidating. Because (so far) this is a smaller, personal story, Hitch's bread and butter, widescreen action, isn't present. There were only a few pages where I felt like his panel composition was best utilized. In short, it was a little disappointing. Ewing, I'm still on the fence about. His work has been very hit or miss and this fell into the miss. He's building and exploring new ground with the current state that Eddie is in as well as developing a new story for Dylan, Eddie's son. For me though, none of it is piquing my interest. Ewing seems to love stories that are far out of the box, to where it's nearly incomprehensible. It's almost as if he's trying to achieve a Grant Morrison level of imagination. He has a lot of cool ideas but they don't always gel or come off as fascinating, just weird. That's where Eddie's story is. Dylan's falls into the trope category and I'm not invested in him as much as Eddie. About halfway through this volume I lost all motivation for it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    JCRD

    Con las partes de Ram V con Dylan estoy bastante *I sleep* porque el personaje me interesa cuando está con Eddie, pero por sí mismo pues bueno. Luego está Al Ewing liándola parda con Eddie y la mitología de los simbiontes, pero por desgracia solo hace dos números en este tomo y tiene pinta de que va a ser el guionista secundario. El apartado gráfico me ha sorprendido, ya que recordaba a Bryan Hitch fatal en sus últimos años, pero parece que aquí o ha tenido más tiempo para trabajar o directamente Con las partes de Ram V con Dylan estoy bastante *I sleep* porque el personaje me interesa cuando está con Eddie, pero por sí mismo pues bueno. Luego está Al Ewing liándola parda con Eddie y la mitología de los simbiontes, pero por desgracia solo hace dos números en este tomo y tiene pinta de que va a ser el guionista secundario. El apartado gráfico me ha sorprendido, ya que recordaba a Bryan Hitch fatal en sus últimos años, pero parece que aquí o ha tenido más tiempo para trabajar o directamente ha recuperado lo que había perdido. Seguiré de momento subido a la serie, pero ojalá la trama de Dylan empiece a despegar pronto, que si no me lo replanteo.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Scott E

    Guess Al Ewing and Ram V were some of the few people capable of continuing on the quality of the Cates run

  10. 5 out of 5

    Andres Pasten

    No enganché con este nuevo enfoque, se parece mucho al king in black que tampoco me gustó.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Eddie

    I'm trying to delve into the Marvel universe, and I love Venom because, well, the artwork is so badass. That said, the story confuses me some. But again...incredible artwork. I'm trying to delve into the Marvel universe, and I love Venom because, well, the artwork is so badass. That said, the story confuses me some. But again...incredible artwork.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Khabeer Rashad

    Things aren't as rosy or easy. Let's see where this goes Things aren't as rosy or easy. Let's see where this goes

  13. 5 out of 5

    Dimitrios

    4 Pretty decent book. Some good storytelling and drama.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Dustin

    venom fans continue eatin good if the run keeps up this pace, this can easily be one of the best venom runs, if not the best

  15. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    I guess they can't all be hits. I guess they can't all be hits.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Lawson

    Yeah I mean this was fun as hell.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jon

  18. 4 out of 5

    Collin Carefoot

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stolt-man

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brendan Wright

  21. 4 out of 5

    Aaron

  22. 4 out of 5

    Vasilis Fotsinos

  23. 4 out of 5

    Wes Morgan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Roman

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ben Dorris

  26. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Montanez

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gabe

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ethan

  29. 5 out of 5

    Declan

  30. 4 out of 5

    Reader Reborn

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