Venom 2

Writer: Donny Cates
Penciler: Ryan Stegman
Inker: JP Mayer
Colorist: Frank Martin

This issue is a lot of exposition. I tried to spin it some other way in this review, but that’s just the truth. The issue starts with Strickland musing over Brock, and the life he has had lead to this point. We get to see what Donny actually thinks of Eddie, painting him as the man of a thousand second chances, which is a perspective I had never thought about before. But that’s where Cates excels, pushing those buttons on characters that should be obvious but have actually never been explored before. We are provided more exposition with Rex telling us how he came to experience the symbiote, and who was responsible for his predicament. (Spoiler alert: It’s none other than Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D.!!!!, which is actually pretty cool if you ask me).

But other than that, not a lot happens in this issue. God, the “dragon” symbiote, returns to unleash destruction upon New York with Eddie rushing out to fight God, only to be beaten to the punch (kick?) by MILES FREAKING MORALES! — setting up an incredibly exciting issue 3, where I hope we see a lot more action. The creative team continues to work in dense and dark color palettes, complimenting the tone of the book. I’m quite sure that Miles Morales was chosen due to his darker costume. I don’t really see the bright red and blues of Peter Parker fitting into this book (but I could be wrong).

Rating: 7 out of 10

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