Fans of Venom will likely be pleased with the way this first issue fleshes out Eddie Brock's character without ever contradicting his established history in any major way. Wells deserves credit for the brave decision to use this first issue to concentrate exclusively on Brock rather than on his symbiotic counterpart, and whilst that still doesn't guarantee a great story, I can't deny that I'm interested in seeing how he continues to flesh out Eddie's character in order to make his origin story worthy of a dedicated miniseries. Those readers who aren't particularly interested in the character of Venom can probably subtract at least half a bullet from my rating of this issue, and those who actively dislike the character will probably find little to win them over here. However, as someone who has always enjoyed the concept of the character, I was pleasantly surprised by this book, and I'll look forward to seeing how it progresses. Read Full Review
It's hard to know who to recommend Venom: Dark Origin #1 to. For the Venom faithful, the sordid details of Eddie Brock's childhood is a well-trodden path, and this issue fails to offer much new material. For casual Spidey fans, the actively antagonistic central character will probably be off-putting. It's one to keep an eye on as it develops, but the first issue comes up short. Read Full Review
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