REVIEW: Dylan Takes Point in Venom #2
In Venom #2 by Ram V, Bryan Hitch, Andrew Currie, Alex Sinclair, and Clayton Cowles, with a main cover by Hitch & Sinclair, Eddie Brock’s dead… but instead of passing on, his consciousness has become unstuck in time, à la Billy Pilgrim! Meanwhile, his son Dylan has been left in the present. What will become of him?
In the previous issue of Venom, we learned all about Eddie Brock’s current status quo as the new King in Black. Meanwhile, his son Dylan was back on Earth, depressed about his father’s disappearance. However, now that Dylan has bonded with the symbiote, a whole new chapter in the Venom saga seems to have begun.
One of the things I really liked about this issue was the way the Venom symbiote took on the form of a dog. Dylan makes an interesting character, riding the rails and being accompanied around Sacramento by a pair of animal associates. I’m intrigued to learn more about how this new incarnation of Venom will fare in the Marvel universe.
Weren’t we just talking about character foils, Marvel Blog True Believers? There’s another great example in this issue.
Just as Dylan is Eddie’s son, there’s another son who is making waves in the world: the son of Senator Krane, the antagonist of the Extreme Carnage event. While the elder Krane died at the conclusion of that story, the next generation is here to make problems for Dylan.
I enjoyed both the fact that the antagonist of this series is being set up as a foil for Dylan, and I enjoyed the continuation of the narrative from Extreme Carnage, which was a lot of fun.
And speaking of connections to the larger Marvel universe, I also enjoyed the shout-out to Roxxon!
If you want more adventures from the original Venom, then call your Local Comic Shop (LCS) and tell them you want a copy of Venom: Lethal Protector #1 when it arrives in March 2022.
But in the meantime, give Dylan Brock a chance. If you don’t like him, you’ll probably like his dog!