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"Web of Venom: Venom Unleashed #1" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Ryan Stegman
Illustrated by Kyle Hotz and Juan Gedeon
Inked by Marc Deering, Scott Hanna, Livesay, Roberto Poggi, Victor Olazaba, and Juan Gedeon
Colored by Dan Brown, Matt Yackey, Andrew Crossley, and Carlos Cabrera
Lettered by Clayton Cowles
2018, 33 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on January 9th, 2019


Eddie Brock and his symbiote have seen better days. After a recent battle with a gigantic dragon, the symbiote has gone quiet, seemingly wiped of its personality, but that hasn't shaken the bond it shares with Eddie. It has now taken the form of a huge dog who will do anything to keep its master safe. It will have to work hard on that front as a new and deadly threat looms in the distance and its name is Carnage.

We're building up to the showdown that every '90s comic book fan has been waiting for. It's already shaping up to be far more sinister and devastating than ever. Carnage has become something way scarier than just a serial killer with an alien symbiote. Web of Venom: Venom Unleashed shows how he's infecting people by shoving a piece of his “other” into their minds. This creates these drone-like beings that work like lemmings, shuffling forward towards their target, in this case Eddie Brock.

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Artists Kyle Hotz and Juan Gedeon make these infected people look like zombies. They're one step away from eating brains by the looks of them. Since they're going after Eddie, they become fodder for the Venom symbiote, which is a little sad in the scheme of things, as they're not in control of their actions. These were probably homeless guys that were in the wrong place at the wrong time and now some alien is eating their intestines.

The Venom dog is something else. It is intimidating just laying down next to Eddie, but when it unleashes its raw power, it's pure nightmare fuel. It goes from a big dog made of muscle to a huge beast made of teeth and claws. The mouth on this thing is like a wood chipper, ready to turn anything and everything it encounters into mist.

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Letterer Clayton Cowles uses this eerie font for the infected. The dark red word balloons complement the spiral in their eyes of the same color. When they speak, it's often broken, like they're struggling to string together a sentence. The capitalization is off and just plain strange. It adds to the overall unsettling nature.

Carnage is a constant threat throughout this entire issue. We know that he's behind all this, but Eddie and the symbiote don't yet. They're uncovering this and get pulled deeper and deeper into the terror with each turn of the page. I was already excited for this eventual match up, but Web of Venom: Venom Unleashed just amplified that a thousand-fold. I cannot wait to see where this goes next.


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About The Author
James Ferguson
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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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