Review: Venomized (2018) #5, the finale is here


The Venomized series comes to an end with its fifth and final issue, but was it a satisfying ending? Check out our review to find out.

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Iban Coello
Color Artist: Matt Yackey
Lettering: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Cover Artists: Nick Bradshaw and Jim Campbell

Poison Thanos appeared in the previous issue and Venomized #5 picks up right where they left off with Scragg and his friends beating down Thanos. While the appearance of Thanos was nicely timed to be right around Avengers: Infinity War, it felt underwhelming.

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A symbiote is shot at Scragg that causes the focus to shift and forces Anti-Venom to dispense of him. It’s an emotional moment for Kid Kaiju, but that’s about it. As far as things with the team with Venom and Spider-Man, they run into more Poisons. The two fight end up fighting Carnage, which is a nice moment to have them team up.

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We also get an appearance from the Goblin Queen, so there’s no shortage of characters in this series by any means. Jean is able to resist the most out of all of the heroes who have been taken over and she severs the connection to the Hive. Plus, the main happy ending that we see is Jean and Scott being reunited afterwards. She might have led them into some trouble, but she also got them out of it.

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Meanwhile, Spider-Man is just floating in space after the fight with Carnage, who is nowhere to be found. Not all of the Poisons were gone, so there’s an indication that we haven’t seen the last of them. Right at the end of the issue we get a quick panel of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur as she does some research into the Poisons. The final page takes us to the island of MU with Kid Kaiju.

B-. . Cullen Bunn, Iban Coello. . Venomized #5

Overall, this series felt like it was more about the battle than any real consequences coming from it. However, since it feels like it isn’t over, maybe we’ll see how it truly plays out at a later time. Venomized was all about the heroes surviving and saving as many of the other heroes as possible. It wasn’t the most thrilling story, but it was serviceable and gave us a nice look at Kid Kaiju.