Venom #162 is part three of the "Poison-X" story, continuing from X-Men Blue #21 last week. The first thing that strikes me about this issue is the jarring shift in artist midway through the book; not only are the art styles incongruent, the first artist is a lot stronger than the second. It's a tough jump. But I will say, I love how the symbiotes are so considerate of vintage X-Men costume coloring! What thoughtful alien parasites! Though in all honesty, I think most of the leveled-up powers of the X-Men are pretty cool, especially Cyclops. Beast, on the other hand, was confusing: so he's got mutant, future tech, mystic demonic, AND alien symbiote powers now? It's a bit much. But while I gather this arc isn't getting much love, I still enjoy it. I like Brock as a character, and I like his dynamic with the X-Men. I'm glad this story is moving along fast though; it's helping keep my interest.
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