Challenge 2: Day 167: Venom #1 (2018)

COMIC TITLE: Venom #1 (LGY #166) (2018)
Donny Cates- Writer
Ryan Stegman– Artist
May 9, 2018
Marvel Comics

venom #1I know that we are so far away from the release of the brand new Venom film that stars Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) as Eddie Brock which officially comes out October 5TH. The thing is I couldn’t wait to check out the Venom series which for some odd reason gets a fresh start after Marvel decided to do the legacy thing with the issue numbers. So, while the comic may be titled Venom #1, it’s legacy number is 166 and it was written by Donny Cates (The Ghost Fleet: The Whole Goddamn Thing) and illustrated by Ryan Stegman (Spider-Man: The Return Of Anti-Venom). Things have been a little rough for Eddie Brock, the man who carries the Venom symbiote. For some strange reason, the symbiote has been getting scared and has been acting erratically as of late. So, Eddie has been taking medication that drowns out the voices of the symbiote so that he can at least gain a grip on what exactly is going on. That is when the dreams start happening and a strange language being spoken that Eddie does not recognize. What does it all mean and who is this man named Rex that has just approached him for a mission to recover others that have been joined together with symbiotes?

venomI definitely like where this story is going for sure because it’s exploring the origins in a way of the symbiotes. We are not exploring the origin of Eddie Brock as Venom or anyone else, but haven’t you ever wondered where they came from exactly and is there a God of the Symbiotes? That is an idea that I don’t remember them exploring, but then again I could be wrong. I am definitely interested in seeing where this story arc goes and see what happens to Eddie Brock next. One of my favorite things about this comic or anything symbiote related is that Marvel has always done a great job finding someone suitable to draw them and make them look so bad ass. Ryan Stegman definitely does that and I am not surprised at all with all the experience he has with this subject. That image to the left of the paragraph is one of my favorite images from the issue and it’s something you’ll need to pay attention to moving forward with the storyline. I think it’s safe to say that I am huge fan of the artwork as well as what Donny Cates is bringing, but we’ll see with the future issues. Check out the comic and check out my grades below:

Grades:

Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A+

Character Representation: A

Entertainment Value: A+

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