Donny Cates has defied all expectations with his take on Venom and with the first arc behind him, the stakes are even higher. Can Cates continue to trend this character in ways that make him not only more interesting, but also more developed? Find out as this issue reveals what Eddie has been up to since killing a Symbiote god.
So what’s it about?
Read our preview.
Why does this matter?
A new chapter opens for Venom and Eddie Brock here. Also, Ultimate universe fans should not miss this one.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
I’m starting to see why Donny Cates is such a hot writer right now, and it starts with that fact that he’s very generous. Often with superhero comics, you get your standard fight, a twist or two, and plenty of good art, but ultimately not much changes in the grand scheme of things. With Cates’ work however, you leave a comic feeling like it mattered. You get that here due to new details emerging as far as the Symbiote goes, but also how it may go from here. I don’t want to spoil anything, which is hard with a comic like this since it’s all about big reveals. Let’s just say Eddie needs to figure two very big mysteries out as well as, in a sense, get his mojo back. All this when he was basically godly last issue. Way to knock him down a peg, Cates!
This issue leans heavily on an Ultimate universe character too, which is a fun addition not usually involved in Symbiote business. This character is mischievously evil in how they speak and act and it’s quite a foil for Eddie seeing as Venom is all brawn and, typically, very little brains.
Iban Coello draws this issue which is a much more refined and uncharacteristic dialogue driven issue for him. It’s mostly an interrogation book and Coello keeps your interest, one turn of phrase and dramatic reveal at a time. There is a great cutaway to the Symbiote wreaking havoc which reveals an ever so slightly different take on Venom that’s quite cool.
It can’t be perfect can it?
As an interrogation issue, it’s rather slow, especially after the story arc we just got. There’s definitely some biding-its-time storytelling going on with the back and forth between Eddie and the villain stretching out the issue.
The only other gripe I have is a reveal about the Symbiote. It’s delivered in a strange sort of way, adding to the character traits of the Symbiote and then dovetails into Eddie admitting he always knew this. The way it reads, you assume Eddie is just pretending to save face, but his face seems to suggest he’s certain he knew this all along. I’m befuddled!
Is it good?
A good issue that continues to show Donny Cates is one of the most generous writers working in comics today. Each issue tells you something new or at the very least keeps the plot moving forward in exciting ways.
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