Venom #1 (2018) Review
Venom, Venom, and more Venom. It seems like the ol’ symbiote web head is getting some much deserved love from Marvel the past year or so. We’ve seen the Venomverse explode it whatever the hell it’s doing and we’re even seeing Venom become the villain/anti-hero he was supposed to be with Tom Hardy in Sony’s upcoming Venom movie, not the sad emo Tobey Maguire version the symbiote received previously.
So the symbiote returning to Eddie Brock in Venom #1 (2018) is only natural. Something is wrong with the symbiote though, it no longer willingly bonds to Eddie, it’s becoming irrational, un-tamable, demented. The voices scream in Eddie’s head in a language he doesn’t understand. Something long forgotten by time has resurfaced. It’s scared.
Donny Cates comes on board taking over Venom after the closing of Collen Bunn’s Venomeverse mini-series, continuing with Eddie Brock’s version of Venom. He’s joined by the art of Ryan Stegman who’s no stranger to the web crawler arts. With Cates’ darker writing style and Stegman’s already superior spider art (people who know will get the joke), Venom #1 (2018) feels more Image than Marvel.
I personally was pleased to see the symbiote drift away from the military gun-for-hire that Venom had become over the past few years, I know the Flash Thompson Venom was well received, just the return of Brock brings Venom back to his vicious roots. Also coincidentally brings Venom into Marvel’s “Legacy” plan. Venom #1 (2018) is dark, very reminiscent of Spawn, it’s crazy and I have no idea where it’s going. Any web head would be foolish to not at least give Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s Venom #1 a read.
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