Writer: Donny Cates
Penciller: Ryan Stegman
Inker: JP Mayer
Colorist: Frank Martin
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, & Edgar Delgado
Variant Cover Artist: Bill Sienkiewicz
After escaping from Project Oversight, Eddie and the symbiote, the latter taking the form of a dog, find themselves going home to San Francisco. In order to fulfill a void, Eddie tries to visit his father, only to be rejected immediately. However, the symbiote won’t take no for an answer, and starts to attack despite Eddie’s wishes. Can he stop it before it kills his father? And who is the boy named Dylan?
To start off, I am so happy that Ryan Stegman is back in the driver’s seat as the penciller. Coello was good, but Stegman’s art fits the character and this dark new series so much better, in my opinion. This issue looked stunning, and it’s all due to him, Mayer, and Martin. With that being said, onto me rambling about how amazing it was.
As always, Cates continues to knock it out of the park with this series, and delivers an incredibly emotionally-charged story in this issue. I’ve never felt more sorry for Eddie than I did here, he’s presented as being at the absolute end of his rope, and you can’t help but desperately want life to give him a break. Not too much happens this issue aside from the confrontation with his father, but it’s done amazingly well, and had so much tension wrapped in it.
Eddie’s father, Carl, is someone I found myself hating the more he talked, which is good, since that seems to be the intention. It puts it into clear perspective why Eddie was so messed up throughout his life, as Carl evokes that scumbag father nature. The parallels presented between Eddie’s adulthood and childhood were done incredibly well, too, with one scene sending shivers down my spine.
Not much to say about this issue, since it was pretty much all story-based, but by god was it fantastic. Take away the fact that this is Venom, and I still can’t help but be invested in this story and Eddie’s character. The cliffhanger was especially interesting, and waiting to see where it all goes next month is going to be far too excruciating. If you’re not reading this series by now, you’re making a massive mistake, as this is my personal favorite of the year.