Meanwhile, Back At The Maker’s Ranch: Venom #17 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Dylan and Normie Osborn are hiding out with the Maker in a safehouse across town. The Maker has completed his machine that will safely extract a symbiote codex from the spine of a subject. However, it’s untested, and the Maker is eager to use it on young Normie. Dylan won’t allow that to happen, and the impending conflict is interrupted by the arrival of the Life Foundation Symbiote team.

Venom #17 cover by Kyle Hotz and Dan Brown
Venom #17 cover by Kyle Hotz and Dan Brown

Venom #17 ties into the ongoing Absolute Carnage story, taking place, more-or-less, between the first and second issues of the series. The story focuses on Dylan, Normie, and the Maker. 
Despite not being a part of the mainline Absolute Carnage story, the tale still feels relevant to both Eddie and some of the contours of the overall Absolute Carnage story. Dylan is Eddie’s son after all, and we learned of the greater importance he has in this narrative in Absolute Carnage #2.
We get more of a vision of Dylan as a character in this story instead of him just being a punk, precocious kid. He’s a scrapper and a lot like his dad in many ways–even if he doesn’t yet know that Eddie is his dad.
We also get a reminder of how cruel and unnerving the Maker can be. Plus, we get an appearance at the end of a new character that surprised even me.
Venom #17 art by Iban Coello, Rain Beredo, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Venom #17 art by Iban Coello, Rain Beredo, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Iban Coello brings a good visual style to this comic, bringing a flowing aesthetic that fits the inky symbiote-filled story very well. The Life Foundation Symbiotes look adequately terrifying, and the action scenes have a good sense of impact. Rain Beredo’s color art is dark and moody, but it still has some good contrast in bright yellows and blues.
Venom #17 is a solid support book to Absolute Carnage. We get to see what Maker and Dylan are doing while Spider-Man and Venom take on Carnage. The story is solid, the art is good, and the book earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Venom #17 comes to us from writer Donny Cates, artist Iban Coello, color artist Rain Beredo, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Kyle Hotz with Dan Brown, and variant cover artists Dave Johnson; Lee Garbett; and Sunghan Yune.
Final Score: 7.5/10

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