Review: Venom (2018) #2 brings a new challenge for Eddie Brock


Venom #2 gives us more background on the symbiote that came years ago. Check out our review of the new issue!

Writer: Donny Cates
Penciler: Ryan Stegman
Inker: JP Mayer
Colorist: Frank Martin
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover artists: Ryan Stegman and Frank Martin

Donny Cates is bringing an excellent story to Venom. In the second issue, he builds on the lore of the symbiotes in general and we see Eddie Brock reacting to it. This issue didn’t need to be filled with action in order to be entertaining. The opening page is pretty gruesome, but I love that they aren’t afraid to slow down a story and forego a big present day action scene.

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Venom as a hero isn’t necessarily new, but it’s still interesting. The narration at the beginning focuses on Brock’s life and there’s the question of why he’s attracted to serial killers and death. There’s a public fascination with true crime that we see in a wide variety of media. I’m someone who loves a good true crime story even though what happens is inherently bad. This is probably a question we should all be asking ourselves.

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Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer and Frank Martin make up the artistic side of this creative team and they do a wonderful job nailing the tone. This is a gritty story and you feel that with every panel. The primordial dragon symbiote looks fantastic, too. It’s just the right amount of terrifying. I’m all for a dark superhero story when it’s done right and this one certainly is.

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Eddie has a new challenge in this series, too. His symbiote is becoming increasingly dangerous when it starts speaking an ancient language and he starts to lose control of it. It’ll be interesting to see how that plays out, but with these first two issues, I’m absolutely hooked.

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If you aren’t reading Venom, you should at least give it a try. Darker comics might not be for everyone, but it looks like we’ll be getting a brief appearance from Miles as Spider-Man and that could lighten the mood a little in the net issue.