Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Iban Coello
Colorist: Andres Mossa
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, & Edgar Delgado
Eddie is being held captive by the Maker, AKA Reed Richards from Earth-1610, and has found out something terrible: Flash Thompson is dead. Mourning over the loss of his symbiote’s former love, as well as the symbiote’s own brain-death, Eddie starts to discover the true intentions of the Maker and Project Oversight. Can he escape from them before they can enact their plans? And what secret does Eddie feel his symbiote kept from him?
Donny Cates continues to deliver month after month with this title, and this issue is no exception. There’s a whole lot to love here, and nothing to really complain about, except for the fact that I don’t have a whole lot to say about it this time around.
Eddie dealing with Flash’s death is very well-written stuff, especially when he brings in the aspect of how ever since he’s bonded with the symbiote again, he’s always felt inferior to Flash. That’s something incredibly relatable to a huge amount of readers, and seeing that aspect of a relationship captured wonderfully in this comic is a testament to how good Cates is as a writer for this series.
While I don’t know how much more he’ll be in it for, the Maker’s inclusion in this new story arc is definitely welcome, as he oozes conniving evil on a whole other level. I do hope that he continues to play an antagonistic role in future issues, as he’s a great match for Venom in terms of powers.
The art is good, once again, but I can never stop making comparison’s to Ryan Stegman’s work in the earlier issues. It’s definitely unfair bias on my part, but Iban Coello’s art style doesn’t particularly connect with me like Stegman’s did, at least for Venom. It’s nothing detrimental to the book at all, but when I read, I just constantly wonder what these panels would look like with Stegman’s pencil work rather than Coello’s.
Overall, this issue continues to cement the new run of Venom as one of Marvel’s best in recent years, and is quickly becoming the quintessential peak of the character (Eddie Brock’s Venom, at least). There’s a whole lot of good character and story development to enjoy, and a juicy cliffhanger that would make any fan of the character excited for the next issue. Once again, I can’t wait to see what Donny Cates has in store for our favorite lethal protector next month!