Flash Thompson hasn’t had it easy at all since he first became Agent Venom, and in this current arc everything he’s gone up against in the past is coming to a head as the Savage Six closes in on Venom and all of those that he loves.
So can Flash save them all, or will there be some major casualties to be had in this final story from Rick Remender?
I’ve been more or less impressed with this series since its debut, and one thing that really does it for me is how Flash deals with both having a symbiote attached to him, and with keeping it a secret from everyone in his life. Until this issue Flash hadn’t revealed that fact to anyone, but this month he’s let the cat out of the bag because if he doesn’t then he’ll never be able to rescue his loved ones.
The issue is all action as Flash traverses the city while at the same time trying to protect Betty Brant from Jack O’ Lantern and his onslaught of grotesque villainy. It’s a pretty fast paced comic that slows down only due to the amount of thought boxes that Flash has as he’s web slinging around the city with Betty in tow.
The real highlight of this issue, though, is the scenes that deal with the fate of Flash’s mother as a certain human eating member of the Savage Six enters her home. I feel as if the issue’s quality almost hinges on the reader wanting to continue because Remender efficiently teases an extreme emotional conflict to come in the next installment. Otherwise, this issue is a pretty good one that could have been better if just more had happened. It seems like it existed just to make a space between the cliffhanger from last issue and the cliffhanger leading into next issue. I also have to say that while I was initially impressed with Lan Medina’s artwork on this series I now find myself really wishing we could see Kev Walker or Tony Moore return to the title to deliver the artwork that has given this series some of its most outstanding issues.
GO Rating: 3.5/5
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