Venom 2099 #1 Review

by Harlan Ivester on December 04, 2019

Writer: Jody Houser
Artists: Francesco Mobili & Geraldo Borges
Colors: Rachele Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics

            I don’t have anything snarky to say about this book’s existence so let’s just get started. Venom 2099 #1 takes place in the future as you would expect, but sadly, you could put it in the present day in only a few minor changes would have to be made if any. That may make this a disappointing title for some, but it doesn’t automatically ruin it. This issue follows Alea, who has inadvertently bonded with the symbiote as a means to health care, and her mission to reunite the broken alien with its remaining pieces in Alchemax. Alea isn’t a bad protagonist, but I couldn’t tell you anything interesting about her either. What this issue does deliver on is a simple but short-lived Venom power-trip. You know how this goes. If you’re crazy about Venom, then that will probably be enough for you.
            Francesco Mobili’s art is excellent in layout, if a little stiff in execution. His paneling is very fluid and your eye is happy to follow it, which makes the more action oriented scenes a breeze. Geraldo Borges can be described in much the same way, although I would say that I like his action pieces a little more. Maybe it’s just because he’s getting the more exciting scenes though. His characters are more emotive but not to break the style or tone of the story that was laid out before. Rachelle Rosenberg’s colors are apt on each panel. Really understated in some to play up a feeling, or with a bit more pizazz to entertain the eye. It looks very natural.

            Venom 2099 #1 is a pretty by the numbers story. It’s good, but only so basic that it doesn’t do anything strong enough to make me tell you that you have to go buy it. The art is solid throughout, but without any truly mind-blowing pages, I would recommend you check this out on Marvel Unlimited than pay full price for it.

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