Eddie Brock and his Venom symbiote have parted ways in Marvel Comics, but with the War of The Realms event plunging the entire universe into battle, it’s time for a replacement. The question now is… whose side will Venom be on?
It should be a no-brainer, considering Venom left his villain days behind him years ago. But the last time Marvel readers saw Eddie the symbiote had left him for good, deciding it was better for his host to look after his son, Dylan Brock. We knew that the separation wasn’t going to be easy on Eddie… but in our exclusive preview of Venom #13, it becomes clear that he’s willing to do anything to be Venom again. Even if it means accepting a magic symbiote instead of an alien one.
For those fans who may have missed the opening issues of War of The Realms, it’s no understatement to say Malekith, leader of the Dark Elves has unleashed the nightmares of the realms upon Earth. Fire Goblins, Frost Giants, avenging angels, and so much more. And as the heroes unite to form some kind of defense, it seems Eddie Brock is sought out. Not by the Avengers of Earth–but by Malekith’s own War Witches. A magical sorceress with an offer too good for Eddie to pass up: what weapon would he want more than anything in the world?
Fans can guess, but seeing the new version of Venom born of the Dark Elf magic is a sight to behold. Take a look at the preview pages below:
There’s a bit of poetry and, honestly, sadness to the confirmation that even his biological son can’t break Eddie’s connection to his symbiote “Other.” But it’s a need that Malekith obviously understands, sending his War Witch with an offer Brock can’t refuse. Of course this offer is not going to be made if it means bolstering the heroes’ side of the war, so let’s all hope that the dark magic symbiote isn’t too strong for Brock to master.
The cover images for War of The Realms and its many tie-in comics have used Venom in a starring role, which raised some suspicions once the symbiote and Eddie broke up. Now the presence of a Venom makes sense… but Marvel has yet to reveal where the symbiote itself has gone after leaving Eddie behind. If we were gambling, it seems safe to that bet it will have something to say about being replaced so easily. For everyone concerned, it’s worth hoping Eddie and his original symbiote are reunited sooner rather than later. This War of the Realms may be bad and all, but with Carnage hunting down every symbiote on Earth, and Venom’s new role as a Savage Avenger, the Marvel Universe need him to survive the coming battles (relatively) unscathed.
- VENOM (2019) #13
- Published: April 24th, 2019
- Writer: Cullen Bunn
- Art: Iban Coello
- Cover: Ryan Stegman
- WAR OF THE REALMS TIE-IN! The Marvel Comics event of the year makes landfall in the world of the wicked web-slinger as Venom gets swept up in Malekith’s campaign to take over the Ten Realms! But Malekith has designs for the sinister symbiote…and they may prove fatal!
Venom #13 will be available from your local comic book store on April 24th, or direct from Marvel Comics.
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