Venom: Space Knight #1

Venom: Space Knight #1

Writer: Robbie Thompson Artist: Ariel Olivetti Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 25, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 10
6.7Critic Rating
5.8User Rating

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Flash Thompson is a lot of things. Soldier. Veteran. Doubleamputee. Host to a powerful alien symbiote. Now, apart from the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, Flash has also been tasked with being an intergalactic ambassador of Earth and an Agent of the Cosmos. What does that mean? It means Flash Thompson will be what he's always wanted to be: A BIG. DAMN. HERO. It's high adventure in deep space as Venom swashbuckles his way across the universe!

  • 10
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet Dec 2, 2015

    Frankly, it doesnt even matter if there is no finite ending here. It would be nice just to have a badass series with Venom, in freakin space, going around, punching things, getting into trouble and just having crazy adventures. Sometimes a series doesnt need to be connected to the larger Marvel Universe so strongly and should be able to stand on its own and justbe. Its hard to say which direction Marvel and Thompson are going to take, but even if we dont get our wish, you best believe were in for the long haul on this book and you should be too. Its Venom. IN SPACE. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Nov 25, 2015

    The creative team working on this series has done a freaking AWESOME job. This is definitely the highlight of my week thus far. There is so much imagination, creativity, and sheer talent in this book. If you get the chance, be sure to read this issue; you will not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Lan Pitts Nov 24, 2015

    Venom: Space Knight is a fun offering from one of Marvel's newest titles, but not exactly one of the strongest. While there are little in the way of consequences for this light popcorn action, Thompson and Olivetti have this Space Hero business down to a T. Hopefully with Flash's new robot sidekick and his intergalactic sense of purpose, this creative team can flesh this out to something truly unique. This book is ready to launch, so let's see how high it goes. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comicsverse - Chris Galvin Nov 25, 2015

    It is nice to see a done-in-one book, and the plotting is simple but effective. For me, while it was fun, I'm not sure if it grabbed me enough to go back for a second issue. It was light and entertaining, and the art suits it so well, but there didn't feel like there was a sense of real danger or character investment. While not the strongest first issue, I hope it improves on each successive installment. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - Russ Dobler Nov 25, 2015

    Venom: Space Knight #1 is a fun romp from a top-flight creative team with obvious chemistry that sets up a cute but curious status quo moving forward. There's nothing groundbreaking here, but if the market were still artist-driven, Ariel Olivetti's penciled masterpieces would be enough to keep the book going strong. With writers typically being the bigger sell now, though, Thompson will have to get over his trepidation and bring the goods we've seen in Silk to make sure this latest in a long line of Venom incarnations doesn't go the way of Angelo Fortunato and Mania (don't ask). Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    GWW - Anthony Franklin Nov 28, 2015

    However, in conjunction this creative team has produced a noteworthy comic. While issue #1 seems a bit hit-and-miss, Thompson and Olivetti do have a noticeable synergy. Thompson's shorter writing does well to not overpower the art of Olivetti, and Olivetti does a phenomenal job of showing the audience Flash's cosmic adventures. This series has potential but it may take some time for Thompson to find his stride. Consistent action may be great for the first issue but being non-stop may not be sustainable. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Florida Geek Scene - Brian Reed Dec 30, 2015

    Venom Spaceknight comes straight out of Guardians of the Galaxy and interludes with the original story of the Spaceknights, which is based on the ROM Spaceknight action figure and Marvel Comics title of the same name which was first published in 1979 with creators Bill Mantlo and Sal Buscema keeping the title alive for 75 issues and then having a run under the title “Spaceknights” in 2000. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 24, 2015

    The comic reminds me a bit of other swashbuckling space adventures like Flash Gordon, and it's fun in many ways (I'll overlook how one maneuvers so easily in space). The comic has a bit of that pulp sensibility about it, but is presented more like a modern action film. There's potential in this series, and for those who are looking for an a spy-like action series in space, check this one out. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 25, 2015

    Venom has become the latest Guardian of the Galaxy to get a solo spinoff comic. Like those other books, Venom: Space Knight delivers plenty of action and fun but comes up a little short in terms of depth. The character is in need of a a new fundamental struggle now that his symbiote problem has been solved. Hopefully this series can eventually deliver in that regard. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    Multiversity Comics - Kevin McConnell Dec 7, 2015

    A solid re-debut for Venom in this expanded Marvel Universe. It might be a little off-putting for classic Venom fans, but I assure you, it is worth it. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Superior Spider-Talk - Alex Nader Nov 28, 2015

    Venom Space Knight #1 sets up Venom's new status quo in a very routine fashion. The pieces are all there for some potentially exciting space adventures, but Thompson has a lot of work to do in order for this to be anything other than another decent Marvel series with great art. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Nov 25, 2015

    Overall, this was a decent book, but it did not meet expectations. It's easy to see there's a tremendous amount of potential in this new series, but this opening offering simply didn't balance well and there's too many questions on the reader's mind by the time it's all end. We get to see Flash Thompson as a more defined hero in space and the art is great, but all-in-all, this is a middle of the road issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.9
    Geeked Out Nation - Grant Raycroft Nov 25, 2015

    Venom: Space Knight #1 is a difficult book to recommend. While the artwork serves its purpose well and is enjoyable at times, the central character of the series seems deflated. Flash Thompson has gotten over his hang ups about being Venom but now lacks a drive to his character. It is rewarding to see someone like him who's struggled so much to be a legitimate hero but it's not the way to start a series. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Oscar Maltby Nov 25, 2015

    Between Thompson's solid but safe script and Olivetti's stellar yet static artwork, Venom: Space Knight #1 is a good issue that should have been a great one. While the concept of Venom as an unambiguously good superhero is questionable, there's no denying that the vast and varied backdrop of outer space is a good fit for Flash Thompson and his pet symbiote. Although Venom: Space Knight #1 is an enjoyable issue, it's tonally at odds with its main character. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Nov 25, 2015

    "Venom: Space Knight" #1 is off to a rocky start; it needs a better hook than "Venom is now a hero" or "Venom is in outer space." For the moment, there's nothing else offered as a reason to buy the second issue; this series runs the very dangerous risk of being forgettable. Hopefully, Thompson and Olivetti can come up with a better lure, and quickly. Read Full Review

  • 2.0 - Chase Magnett Nov 28, 2015

    At some point in its development Venom: Space Knight must have seemed like a very good idea, but whatever was being imagined at that moment is nowhere to be found in this first issue. Somehow this comic has transformed a superpowered adventure in space into a tedious affair. Read Full Review

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