By Donny Cates, Iban Coello, Juan Gedeon, and Jesus Aburtov
Venom is a character that has always been popular with writers and fans. The right talent on a book can allow a character to grow and flourish. That is exactly what has been happening with Eddie Brock in Donny Cates run on Venom. Under Cates, Eddie has learned the responsibility of being a father, he’s teamed up with the Avengers, and even quarantined himself on an island so he can sort his own problems out. It’s safe to say that we’re seeing a new Eddie Brock, but where does he go from here?
In my opinion, one of the best things Donny Cates has done on his run on Venom is use the Maker. The Ultimate Reed Richards has been a welcome addition to regular Marvel continuity, and has been developed wonderfully under Cates. This issue, Cates solidifies that the Maker is a dangerous villain, but he’s also not that great of an ally either. Virus is in this issue as well. This is a new baddie for Venom to face. Cates still doesn’t give away too much about the character, but Virus is interesting. The issue ends with a good cliff hanger, and if you’re a fan of Eddie Brock, you’ll want to see what happens next. Donny Cates continues to flesh out main and side characters with his time on this series. There hasn’t been a time in the last 20 years when Venom has been this enjoyable!
The pencils this issue are handled by Iban Coello and Juan Gedeon with colors by Jesus Aburtov. The pencils are very good this issue. Coello and Gedeon draw cleanly, and the action panels leap off the page, like when Venom is swinging through the air with Dylan on his back. The pages that feature Virus make him look menacing. It will be nice to find out more about this character because he has a great design. The colors by Jesus Aburtov are amazing, as usual. Panels where the Maker and Eddie are talking in the Maker’s lab, have a great blue background to them. Aburtov is a pro at coloring, so you’re going to get great work from him. As Venom swings through the city, colors are blended well, and the cit is lit up in several different tones of orange and yellow. The art in this issue is top notch.
Venom #26 is off to an intriguing start. Donny Cates has set up the story well and Eddie and Dylan are already in a tough situation. The pencils and colors really enhance the reading experience for this issue. Venom is quickly becoming a must read book!