Venom #3 Review - by Robbie Rowe
Rating: 5 of 5
Writer: Donny Cates
Artist: Ryan Stegman
Venom #3 Review
Since I was about 8 years old, I’ve been a fan of Spider-Man. Of course, that also applies to many of his enemies and a favourite of mine’s always been Venom. For many years, Venom plagued Peter by trying to kill him, torment him, stalk his wife, all sorts of villainous actions. But eventually – and for the most part – he left him alone, moved somewhere else and focused his best on protecting the innocent, punishing the guilty and doing his/their best to be a hero, despite everything.
Being a hero is far more difficult for the both of them thesedays, as Eddie’s being constantly tormented by his Other/symbiote and has to take numerous pills to drown them out and try to stay sane. His Other’s been speaking a language that doesn’t even belong on Earth.
The reason for the alien being disturbed, speaking this language, was revealed last issue. A former soldier named Rex revealed to Venom that he and a number of other soldiers from the Vietnam War were bonded to symbiotes, forming a special squad.
When Venom went to stop a truck carrying a number of these former symbiote soldiers, Eddie’s symbiote let him down. It once more spoke that alien language, the symbiote language, separated from him in fear and a continuous red circle formed on their face.
In the language all these symbiotes were speaking translated to ‘God is coming’ – and it did. In this issue, Eddie found himself at first facing off against the other Spider-Man, Miles Morales, who had a grudge against Venom due to a different Venom hurting, maybe even killing, his mother.
Much like many years ago, whenever the original Spider-Man needed to, he’d reluctantly team up with Venom to bring down a greater threat. Here, Eddie and Miles do the same, but it might not go quite the way you think – it definitely surprised me. Just like the previous issues, the art’s perfect for the comic, whether for the Symbiote God, the Symbiote Soldiers, Spider-Man, or Venom himself.
It’s coloured perfectly, in reds and blacks and all sorts of other scarier shades under the moon. It’s detailed, creative especially for the Symbiote God, forming in the shape of a fearsome dragon and turning into something a little familiar, disturbingly so. I can hardly wait for the 25th of July for issue 4. Not an issue has let me down once and I’m sure this one won’t either.