Venom #159: Venom Inc. Part 3
Story: Dan Slott and Mike Costa
Writer: Mike Costa
Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
It’s part three of the Venom Inc crossover event. Last issue, Spider-Man and Flash Thompson (the new Anti-Venom) went on a symbiote hunt to find out who stole Mania’s symbiote. Using a tracker and a piece of the Venom symbiote that was separated from Eddie Brock via touch from Anti-Venom, the two set out.
Meanwhile, over at Black Cat’s lair, Lee Price a.k.a Maniac, attacks Felicia and her goons with his own posse of symbiote-powered henchmen. After an awkward web-swing across town, Anti-Venom and Spidey arrive at the source of the tracker signal: Black Cat’s lair.
As they break in, they are introduced to a shocking revelation… Maniac has successfully taken over Felicia’s crew and turned them all–icluding Black Cat–into symbiote powered henchmen.
What’s Happening Right Now:
Issue 159 starts out exploring Eddie Brock’s nihilism that came about in response to his separation from the venom symbiote. He thinks to himself how no one–not even Spider-Man and Anti-Venom–can dictate how he lives his life.
Over with Spidey and Anti-Venom, they get surrounded by a group of venomized baddies–including the Black Cat–led by Lee Price a.k.a Maniac. As Spidey takes on half of the attackers, Anti-Venom swings towards a venomized Mac Gargan, who resembles his former Scorpion attire.
I love that. It’s been several issues since we’ve seen Mac as the Scorpion again, and that was when he took on Lee Price, who was Venom at the time. To see him back as Scorpion was nice and I appreciate what Dan and Mike are doing by bringing in Spider-Man’s lesser known villains, but with a symbiotic twist. Now remember, Anti-Venom can cure any illness and can separate a symbiote from its host, destroying said symbiote.
Maniac notices that Anti-Venom is different from the rest and warns his goons to not get their face touched by him. While Flash is dealing with a flank from the rest, Gargan turns his attention to Spidey, who goes to help Flash. Gargan grabs him with his tail, and slams him into a wall, causing the tracker to hit the floor.
While Spidey and Flash get their gluts kicked, the OG Venom symbiote tries to escape from Bobbi Morse’s bathroom, which is where Spidey and Flash left it. It manages to escape via sink drain.
Back with the fight at Felicia’s hideout, Black Cat pounces on Flash. Maniac tells her she’s too close and as she gets in Flashes face, she kisses him. This relieves her of her symbiote, and she then books it out the area. As she jumps out of the building, Eddie Brock walks by, trying to find his symbiote via the special bond they share. Black Cat lands right on top of him, and assumes he’s part of the symbiote fiasco going on.
Back with Spider-Man and Anti-Venom, they hope that Black Cat went to get help, but realize that Maniac and his goons might end them before help arrives. In a Hail Mary, Spidey uses one of the symbiote goons to set the warehouse on fire. As he and Flash try and escape, the building collapses on them both.
Black Cat tells Eddie that Lee Price is back with a posse of symbiote-powered super villains. She asks Eddie if he can help stop Price and his special friend, but he tells her that the sypmbiote Price has isn’t his. At the same moment, the OG symbiote pops from the sewer grate underneath and bonds with Eddie once again.
I have lost how many times Eddie and the symbiote have been reunited at this point; it kind of lost the whole nostalgia factor.
Anyways, we finish this issue with Spider-Man and Anti-Venom in chains along Maniac’s prisoners and venom goons.
Well, Venom Inc. part three continues this rollercoaster of a crossover. We have so many Venoms in play I wouldn’t be surprised if Carnage showed his pretty face at the end of this story.
Note to Marvel: Please bring Carnage back. I NEED him!!