Purring for Scream
This week I’m going to do something I haven’t done yet, and write about a character from one of the “Big 2’s”. Shock, gasp, awe, sit the hell down, nerd! The reason I don’t do this a lot is because most people know those characters, or there are multiple versions of those characters, some of which are too ridiculous even for my taste. Plus, independent titles are killing it as far as this subject matter goes. How-ev-ah….
There is one chick that does ooze both sexy and ferocity at the same time, and yes, I believe she is slightly oozy, so I’m not just being clever. Also, I believe she is not talked about or praised as nearly as much as she should be, as her male counterparts often take up all the spotlight. I mean, some people don’t even know there’s a female Symbiote, and her name is Scream.
First, just in case you are one of those people (shame on you!), or you think a Symbiote is that thing you were embarrassed to go to the doctor about after that one night romp with a random somebody, let’s get educated! Most people know Venom and Carnage, but Symbiotes are an alien race called the Klyntar. There are a parasitic race who aren’t necessarily bad, but they are heavily impressionable depending on their host. So, attach to a crazy person, and the Symbiote itself becomes crazy itself, etc. Way to make the whole race look bad, guys, and lady.
One of these weird but sensitive creatures attached itself to a host named Donna Diego, and she took on the role of Scream. Scream is one of five Symbiotes spawned from Venom, so she is technically Venom’s daughter. Aww, cute. She was originally created to be a sort of super-cop, but when you’re messing with Symbiotes, obviously things don’t always turn out as planned. During her first appearance in Venom: Lethal Protector #4, we first meet her in all her curvy scary glory. She meets Spider-Man while terrorizing a mall in Salinas, California, and proceeds to fight him. Now, if you haven’t seen her first appearance panel, you can thank me for including it below, because the art is bubble wrap poppin’ amazing. It took four people to actually bring this drawing to life, so it be all means should, but the most impressive thing about the art in this book is the color. Marie Javins truly brings Scream to life, and her work is simply mind-blowing. To me, she is the most distinctive of the Symbiotes, well surpassing her more popular family members. The fact that she is female and artistic gold makes her unique, and it’s kind of strange we don’t see more of her.
So, she’s pretty kick ass, and the character is just so insane to look at. But Donna Diego herself is perhaps just as interesting as her Symbiote. There are several instances where she tries to find meaning in having this alien creature attached to her. She herself desperately wants to learn to control it, and even hunts down Venom for a daddy-daughter reunion and pleads with him to help her learn to control her Symbiote. It is revealed later that Donna herself has had voices in her head all along, which don’t come from her Symbiote, making for a pretty complex character. We really don’t know what violent and destructive tendencies and delusions came from her as a person, or the alien attached to her. Or, how much of her personality really influenced her Symbiote, and if she could have been a super-cop as originally planned. Especially with the Klyntar being a pretty peaceful race, she certainly could have been powerful enough to perhaps prevent some of the havoc her fellow aliens rained on people.
So I think we really have to think, was it Donna’s alien Symbiote corrupting her, as they are so often known to do? Or was it Donna herself corrupting what could have been a powerful force of good? Too deep? Yeah, you’re welcome.