With the truth about Eddie Brock, Bedlam and the Garden of Time revealed at last, Eddie has no choice but to move heaven, earth, space and time to get back to his son.
But it may all be for naught – Eddie’s greatest fears are at the precipice of being realized, as Dylan may still succumb to the darkness within him!
Comics Nexus by Inside PulseAnother high-octane issue with the core storyline of this series progressing and intermingled withe the Dark Web tale. Amazing art.
Comic WatchAction is minimal, as well as the actual progression in Dylan’s mission to free his father from the monstrous, enraged form possessing him. The two tussle through the streets of New York for a bit, but when the tension between them reaches a natural peak, Eddie is conveniently whisked away to participate in the crossover’s finale, leaving the series on a cliffhanger that feels unsatisfactory rather than anticipatory. Still, Ewing makes the most of this issue with genuinely poignant exchanges between Dylan and Ms. Marvel. Penciller Bryan Hitch embraces the presence of the Goblin Queen’s demonic entities, creating some fabulously cartoonish monster designs and a striking splash page to top the issue off. The way in which Kamala quickly deduces Dylan’s situation via context clues and offers up sage advice speaks to her intelligence and maturity, displaying real growth since her early vigilante days. While lacking in substantial story progression, Venom #16 offers enough interesting character interactions to make for an entertaining issue.
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ComicBook.comBryan Hitch's ability to make alien beasts wailing on each other look cool is mostly undeniable but Venom #16 suffers from a fatal flaw in the lack of visual consistency across its images. Though "The 180-Degree Rule" is more of a filmmaking tool, it can largely be applied to comics and the pacing by which panels work in tandem (but it's also not required). That said, Hitch should have held to it as Venom #16 has some jarring jumps in images as the line is broken and the story itself seems to be completely backwards with just the flip of the page. In terms of narrative, it's more of the "Dark Web" same that has been just fine for the past six weeks.