The Edge of Venomverse event kicks off with an all-new take on Wolverine. Get ready to meet
Venomolverine… Wolvenom… Venom-Wolverine…
Remember the Spider-Verse event from a few years back? It saw the Spider-Men of every alternate dimension – so Peter Parker, Miles Morales, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham and many, many more – come together to face a common enemy. Now, we have a Venom twist on the idea, Venomverse, which will showcase Venoms from across the multiverse.
First up, Edge of Venomverse #1 takes place in a slightly different Marvel universe where Laura Kinney AKA X-23 was infected with the symbiote. Her already savage nature is exacerbated by the symbiote’s urge to kill – can Logan’s clone daughter control Venom and do some good with it?
The story from writer Matthew Rosenberg is fairly slight but compelling. The opening escape from the Facility will be familiar to anyone who has seen Logan but things really get cooking when Laura befriends some fellow street kids and the gang have to fend for themselves. There are a couple of nice twists in the tale and the portrayal of Laura is pretty faithful to the usual version of the character.
Let’s face it, though, we are mainly checking this comic out for the artwork as the big draw here is to see a Venomized X-23. As it is, I was left a little underwhelmed by the character’s depiction in the comic itself, though Roland Boschi’s work in the issue is generally solid. Perhaps it’s because the gorgeous cover from Daniel Brown raised the bar so high.
All in all, this is a fun one-shot exploration of an alternate character mash-up. The connective tissue with the rest of the Venomverse event comes in the issue’s final page, complete with the introduction of a new version of Venom (Highlight for spoilers: Venom Captain America!). Edge of Venomverse #1 didn’t blow me away but as a Venom fan I’m interested to see what other alt-Venoms are out there. Next up: Gwenompool…