A Bitter Love Triangle (Venom: First Host #2 Comic Review)

Venom: First Host #2

Writer: Mike Costa

Penciller: Mark Bagley and Ron Lim

Ink: Andrew Hennessy and Scott Hanna

Colors: Dono Sánchez-Almara

Letters: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Cover: Mark Bagley and Richard Isanove

Variant Cover: Rod Reis

 

Venom: First Host is written by Mike Costa with art from Mark Bagley and is in continuity with Costa’s Venom run.

Synopsis:

Previously, Eddie and the symbiote were attacked by a Skrull, before being saved out of nowhere by a mysterious Kree man who seems to know the symbiote. Who is he, what’s his history with the symbiote, and what are his motives?

After the two fight off the Skrull named M’lanz, Venom and his savior head back to Alchemax to recuperate. After a scolding from Liz about bringing in more extraterrestrial beings into her business, the mysterious man, named Tel-Kar, enters the room and explains who he is and his journey so far. He was the first host of Brock’s symbiote and after being separated, he was claimed a traitor by his own people and sold off to their enemies. After traveling a hellish road, he discovered where the symbiote was and traveled to Earth to find it and reunite. What choice will Brock’s symbiote make? And what are Tel-Kar’s true motives?

Thoughts:

This issue has a lot going for it, but unfortunately, cracks have started to show. To start with the positives, the art is fantastic yet again, although it isn’t surprising coming from this team. Every time I see it, it always seems like Bagley was born to draw Venom; the character just looks fantastic each and every time. The more humorous moments still definitely work and there are a couple panels that I will not spoil for anyone that are just comedic gold to me.

There is a twist in this issue, which I won’t spoil either, and that’s where the negatives start to seep in for me. On one hand, I’m glad it wasn’t done later, but even so, it feels very forced and rushed. It’s something I could see coming a mile away, and it felt way too easy. That’s not to say I’m not excited to see what’s coming next, because I absolutely am, but my expectations are dwindling slightly. Hopefully the next issue can put this arc back on course until the end, but overall, this was a tad underwhelming for my taste.

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Alec Thorn

Hey guys! My name is Alec Thorn, I’m 21 years old, and I’m currently a student in college. I’ve loved comics and superheroes ever since I was a toddler, with my favorite comic book character being the one and only Peter Parker / Spider-Man. I have a major passion for acting and singing as well, doing both for as long as I can remember. Hope you all enjoy reading!
Summary
This issue is somewhat underwhelming compared to the prior one, and is easily predictable plot-wise. Things that were good from the previous issue are still present, but the story is beginning to show its cracks.
Good
  • Art is fantastic
  • Humor is well-executed
  • Most characters are written well
Bad
  • Twist is lazy and predictable, as well as early
  • Story feels rushed overall
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Hey guys! My name is Alec Thorn, I’m 21 years old, and I’m currently a student in college. I’ve loved comics and superheroes ever since I was a toddler, with my favorite comic book character being the one and only Peter Parker / Spider-Man. I have a major passion for acting and singing as well, doing both for as long as I can remember. Hope you all enjoy reading!

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