The last arc of Venom put Eddie Brock in an interesting position. Considering a guest creative team was coming in for this War of the Realms tie-in, I was unsure what this story would be like. So how did the team pull it off?
Cullen Bunn, Iban Coello, Andres Mossa, and Clayton Cowles puts Eddie Brock into the thick of the War of the Realms, while examining the person he truly is.
Without the symbiote, Eddie and Dylan race through San Francisco, trying to avoid the Dark Elf forces overrunning the city. However, Eddie Brock can’t look past the others put in danger, and that draws the attention of Malekith’s dark forces. They make an offer to him to give him the power to fight, but will he fight for or against the invaders? And what consequences will his decision have?
Bunn steps into the status quo set up by Donny Cates, embraces it, and comes up with two creative solutions for the situation. He also does it in a way that compliments what has happened in the last year of the series without casting it aside for a single tie-in story. With all these pieces he tells a fun story, full of good character beats, and some cool new Marvel Universe mythology.
Coello does some fun action here, and shows depth in his characters. However, what I want to highlight is how great his design work is in this issue. He takes the very familiar Venom design and incorporates Asgardian and mystical elements to create an entirely new take on Venom. It’s an exciting look and in motion it’s just a lot of fun.
Venom is in the thick of Malekith’s invasion, and exactly what that means for the War of the Realms will be quite the ride.
Venom #13 is available now from Marvel Comics.