Edge of Venomverse #5 Review

Marvel’s Edge of Venomverse miniseries wraps with what is easily its most marketable mashup of Venom symbiote and popular hero – Venompool. Having Orc Stain artist James Stokoe on board doesn’t hurt. This issue looks great, but the lack of anything resembling a compelling storyline might still make it a tough sell for many readers.

One problem this issue faces is that we’ve already seen a Deadpool/Venom mash-up thanks to 2015’s Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars and its follow-up, Deadpool: Back in Black. Those two books had a lot of fun with the premise and actually found depth in the pairing, suggesting that Deadpool is responsible for driving the symbiote mad in the first place. This Venompool characters is comparatively straightforward. He’s Deadpool with some added super-powers. This isn’t the first Edge of Venomverse comic where the lead character barely changes at all after bonding with the symbiote, but that lack of storytelling ambition never ceases to frustrate.

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