At first, it seemed like Venom has stayed the same since 1988’s Amazing Spider-Man #300 when the alien symbiote bonded with Eddie Brock. With an all-black appearance, spider-emblem on his chest and white eyes, the character rose to become a fan-favorite in no time with powers similar to Spider-Man.
It’s been 30 years since the character was brought in but Venom began to change in 2011 after Flash Thompson became Agent Venom. Agent Venom went on to become a Space Knight and a Guardian of the Galaxy, even tracking out the origins of the symbiote to the alien race, Klyntaar. However, everything seems to be changing with the current iteration of the character by Ryan Stegman and Donny Cates.
The first five issues of Venom feature symbiote Gods and dragons, linking to the early days of the Marvel Universe. The current series also saw a major development in its last issue when the symbiotic husk of the former SHIELD agent, Rex Strickland was absorbed by Venom, granting him new abilities.
Along with the Rex symbiote and “Venom” together, Eddie Brock now knows how to use a lot of weapons with all the knowledge Rex learned during his days at SHIELD. The new Venom prepares itself to face the symbiote dragon in the preview of Venom #6. We can see Venom armed from head to toe with assault rifles, knives, swords, knives and bombs and this version of Venom looks like it’s been brought back straight out of a 90’s action comic.
The sight of Venom holding a large sword in his hand with various guns on his arms and shoulders completed with a grin on his face seem to give off a horror series tone, something that looks absolutely compelling. The writers have taken in account everything that was established for Venom until now and have added their own flavor to the mix.
We’ll have to wait to find out if the “Symbiote of War” proves enough to take down Knull’s symbiote dragon. The #6 issue will hit the stores on September 19.