Marvel Introduces an Unexpected New Symbiote Host

After showing the devastation a flerken can cause, Marvel’s Damage Control introduces readers to a new symbiote host and the grievance he has with it.

Damage Control introduces a new symbiote host to the Marvel Universe.

Written by Adam F. Goldberg and Hans Rodionoff with art by Will Robson, Marvel’s Damage Control series explores the company and its newest intern, Gus, dealing with all the messes left behind by heroes. In a preview for Damage Control #2, after nearly causing a Skrull invasion by working in the mailroom, Gus is reassigned to Consumer Affairs to answer customer complaints in an office that is also a bathroom. The final consumer shown in the preview rolls in on a Segway, revealing to Gus that he has developed a condition from having a symbiote of his own.

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Damage Control appears to be pulling inspiration for the series from across the Marvel Universe. For instance, the first consumer to speak to Gus is an elderly woman with a pet flerken, the cat-like alien species that Captain Marvel’s pet, Chewie (or Goose in the Marvel Cinematic Universe), belongs to. Also visible in the preview is Frank Castle aka the Punisher, who is wearing his Hand attire that he sports in the current Punisher series written by Jason Aaron with art by Paul Azaceta and Jesus Saiz.


  • After he nearly caused a Skrull attack in our last issue, the management at Damage Control has wisely chosen to try and place Gus in a less volatile position. How much harm can Gus do in the Consumer Affairs office, listening to complaints and grievances? Actually, the answer is a lot. When things get out of control, Gus has to call on Ant-Man and the Wasp to try and turn a big problem into a little one in a story we call “Honey, Pym Shrunk the Kids”!
  • ADAM F. GOLDBERG and HANS RODIONOFF tap the keys while the incomparable WILL ROBSON turns words into glorious art as Gus makes a horrible first impression on the Punisher, Ant-Man, the Wasp and more!
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There Are Many Symbiotes Living on Earth

In recent Marvel continuity, symbiotes are actually more commonplace on Earth than they were previously. The Klyntar god Knull flooded the Earth with symbiotes during the King in Black event by writer Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, and after Knull’s defeat at the hands of Eddie Brock/Venom, the symbiotes were freed from their god’s control and some remained on Earth, bonding with new hosts. The Extreme Carnage storyline explored how a portion of mankind has become fearful of the number of symbiotes living among them, a fear that Carnage used to his advantage and furthered.

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What Is the Department of Damage Control?

Damage Control will be a five-issue miniseries, arriving at a time when the organization is being given a larger role in the MCU. Within a year, Damage Control agents investigated both Peter Parker in Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021) and Kamala Khan in the Mrs. Marvel series on Disney+. In the MCU, the Department of Damage Control was founded by Tony Stark to help clean up after superhuman-related battles and events, the organization first appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) to clean up after the Battle of New York from The Avengers (2012).

Damage Control #2 is written by Goldberg and Rodionoff with interior art by Robson, colors by Ruth Redmond and letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles. Main cover artwork is by Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz and Rachelle Rosenberg, with variant cover artwork by Superlog. The issue goes on sale Sep. 28 from Marvel Comics.

Source: Marvel

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