Synopsis: This month on Venom. The villainous LIFE FOUNDATION is back – and they have DYLAN BROCK DEAD IN THEIR SIGHTS! Led once again by the insidious Carlton Drake, the symbiote-hunting organization has larger ambitions than ever before, and with ARTHUR KRANE in the palm of their hand, they finally have the political leverage to make them a reality.
Having been betrayed by Archer and captured by the Life Foundation in the last issue. Dylan is now at the centre of their experiments as Carlton Drake’s scientists continue to learn what they can about the symbiote bonding process. Meanwhile, Venom launches a search for Dylan as he follows clues that have been left for him by Dylan’s symbiotic cat Sleeper. However, Venom’s search gets interrupted by Spearhead who is acting on orders from Carlton Drake. Furthermore, Spearhead has learned from his last encounter with Venom and now has a weapon that can stop Venom from shapeshifting.
Back at the Life Foundation. Dylan has a brief meeting with his father who tells him to trust Venom.
Bryan Hitch knocks it out of the park in this issue and gives us some great action beats. Indeed, the battle between Venom and Spearhead is particularly fun to see play out. As is the meeting between Dylan and his Father Eddie who manages to manifest via the use of some symbiotes. The best however is saved for last with the introduction of Bedlam.
Ram V continues to spin an interesting story, which has Venom wondering who he is without Eddie Brock and also questioning his relationship with Brock’s son Dylan. I loved the idea of Sleeper, Dylan’s symbiotic cat leaving a trail of breadcrumbs. And I also enjoyed the meeting between Carlton Drake and Meridius at the close of the book.
Overall. A pretty solid issue that looks like it’s leading to something awfully big.