Avenging Spider-Man #21
There really is nothing special about this issue, except for the art and the ending setup. The issue itself is fun and brisk paced, but there is no character development or really intense action to be found here. Rather instead we get some gorgeous artwork that showcases the battle on the helicarrier, but the events of which are kind of underwhelming. This is all a shame considering it’s Chris Yost writing this, but really your attachement to this issue will depend on how fond you are of the Chameleon or the Shield Agents. That being said, Yost’s callback to his work on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes was definitely a treat (tic tic boom).
Besides that, the ending itself is probably the most interesting part of the issue. I’m really wondering what Otto is up to with his old Sinister six gang. Hopefully the payoff there will be worth it.
Morbius the Living Vampire #5
It’s kind of shame that the ending felt rushed here. The build up to this issue was great, but I feel as if this arc could’ve gone for at least another two issues. It was Morbius’ slow pace that made it so enticing, and the ending to this arc betrayed that. They could’ve at least dedicated this entire issue to the climax, and not have the second half of this issue revolve around set-up for future arcs. Though granted that ending twist was pretty cool.
The art remained solid until the end, it’s just a shame we didn’t have more of an action scene to pad out the ending. All complaints aside, at the very least Morbius has transformed into an interesting protagonist, whose continued adventures are worth reading.
It’s funny that it took this long for Bunn’s and Remeder’s run to feel coherent to one another. And all it took was one simple line of dialogue. Just the simple acknowledgement that Venom has sworn to stop killing after the events of Remeder’s run is enough to add a sense of synchrony to this entire volume of Venom. It may be cheap, but it works and I’m glad it finally happened. As for the story itself, Bunn is proving conclusions are what he’s best at, as the end to this arc is fun. And it’s freaking cool to watch Venom and Toxin fight side by side. The arc reached it’s logical conclusion here, though the mystery of the symbiote slayers is unresolved, and hopefully we’ll find out more about that later.
I was never a big fan of the art in this arc, but this last issue actually does a pretty good job of conveying the action. Though I’m enjoying Venom considerably more now, I know in the back of mind the start of the next arc will probably be weak again.