Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc.: Alpha #1
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Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc.: Alpha #1

Event\Storyline: Venom, Inc. Writer: Dan Slott, Mike Costa Artist: Ryan Stegman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 6, 2017 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 18
7.2Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

VENOM INC. Part 1
Peter Parker, Eddie Brock and Flash Thompson have one major thing in common - the Venom symbiote changed all of their lives. The inky black alien life-form is doubling down on our heroes - and they're not the only ones about to be put through the ringer. VENOM INC. kicks off here and rolls into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN & VENOM as a familiar face rises to new levels of villainy!
Rated T

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Jessica Petrecz Dec 12, 2017

    The blending of the writing and the storylines feels seamless, while the art elevates the entire issue with its traditionally inspired interpretation of Spidey and friends. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Dec 6, 2017

    Fans of the enduring Spider-Man/Venom rivalry are in for a treat with Venom Inc. This crossover already contains the depth and strong characterization that was lacking in Venomverse. This issue makes the most of the rivalry between Flash Thompson and Eddie Brock, as well as the unexpected x-factor that is Spider-Man. Combine that with Ryan Stegman's gorgeous art, and you have a winning debut issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Crusaders - Rob Ferreri Dec 8, 2017

    The story continues with part 2 ofVenom Inc.inThe Amazing Spider-Man #792. Then head over toVenom #159for part 3. We then head back toThe Amazing Spider-Man #793for part 4 and then toVenom #160for part 5. The story will conclude with another one-shot, Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc. Omega #1,that will conclude the 6 part story arc. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Dec 8, 2017

    Hot off the heels of Venomverse, Eddie Brock is at the center of another symbiote-centric event with Amazing Spider-Man: Venom Inc. Alpha #1, a book that may not redefine superhero comics as we know it, but is a nice, solid bit of spider-action that touches upon everyone in Peter Parker's orbit. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Eric Butler Dec 8, 2017

    After Venom-Verse, you'd think this would seem like a cash grab, while it is, there is some heart behind it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Shawn Hoklas Dec 14, 2017

    This is a fun first issue that both Venom and Spider-Man fans should enjoy. Although I hope after this story is over we get back to simplifying Venom, I'll be around for this storyline as I'm currently reading both titles. I'm just hoping I enjoy the rest of the storyline, despite the direction it took at the end, as much as I did this first part. Read Full Review

  • 7.9
    Graphic Policy - Brett Dec 6, 2017

    This is a nice start to this event though as a special issue I'm not quite so sure. There's a lot here that's intriguing and it looks great and impressively a hell of a lot happens within, I just wish this was part of the regular numbering for either series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Watch - Ryoga Kazehino Dec 12, 2017

    All-in-all, Venom Inc. is off to a good start. Peter and Eddie are once again back in the mix, along with several characters old and new coming from Venom line to form what may be an interesting story arc. With part 2 being just around the corner, you don't have to wait too long to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Dec 6, 2017

    A good first start, but answers as far as the villains and the "Inc." in the title remain to be seen. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Dec 11, 2017

    I had a fun entertaining enough time reading the issue and its contents, coupled with some great art, but do have some problems with the overall story, its character direction, and price point of entry. I would recommend this to huge Spider-Man and Venom fans in the mood for a classic feeling low stakes conflict but not many others. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Dylan Spector Dec 17, 2017

    I got to say; they are some interesting ideas here that the writers puts on the table, I think it's easy to recognize the Slott's writing and the ideas Mike Costa brings that maybe can catch my attention in some points and the attention of other readers, I don't recommend Venom Inc. Alpha so much unless you really want to know where the story is going, but always with the risk that it becomes predictable at some point of the development.There are parts and panels made well in terms of writing, but we can't say the same in general terms. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Nov 12, 2017

    It's not an atrocious read; it is fun at times. However, it doesn't excite with the exception of one moment that had me aghast as a Flash Thompson fan. I can recommend it to the most devoted Venom fans, but even that is a tentative recommendation. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Superior Spider-Talk - Dan Gvozden Dec 7, 2017

    Venom Inc. Alpha isn't quite the breathe of fresh air to the ongoing stories of Spider-Man or Venom that one might have hoped for in this "Legacy" era. Marvel seems to be doubling down on all the storytelling cheats that have made the Venom character, for this review, less enjoyable since his departure from Spidey's orbit in the early 90s. However, Ryan Stegman's art is a 100% pure McFarlane and 90s love letter to the character and fans of the classic Venom will find much to love in his depiction. Read Full Review

  • 4.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Dec 8, 2017

    Venom Inc. Alpha #1 failed to create excitement for the crossover between Amazing Spider-Man and Venom. For Venom fans this may be what they were looking for since the character is at the front and center of the story. But for everyone else the lack of proper execution makes it hard to be interested in the plot Dan Slott and Mike Costa created. Everything about the "Venom Inc." story, from the symbiote villain to reintroduction of Anti-Venom, lacked inspiration. So unless you are a hardcore Venom fan this is one crossover you can pass on completely. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Herushalaim Dec 11, 2017

    This is right up my alley. I'm glad to see these characters finally coming together again after spending so long reading about them.

  • 8.5
    Spock's Brain Dec 13, 2017

    I didn't really plan on reading this, but it landed in my pull box, so...I am quite pleasantly surprised. I haven't really cared for Venom as a character since his his early days (when I was a teen reader); I read issue #1 of the new "Venom" series and was not really impressed at all...but I liked this story. The pull of the symbiote towards Flash and Eddie is really well done here; a large part of this book is the art of Ryan Stegman, which is excellent. This is a really great looking book. So, I will naturally be reading the next part in "Amazing," and, in all likelihood, be picking up the next couple of issue of "Venom" as well.

  • 8.0
    the green death Dec 7, 2017

    Nice solid start to what could be an interesting storyline. Stegman does some solid art and Slott and Costa's writing blends together seamlessly. It's not going to change the world or anything, but sometimes you just want a good solid Spider-Man/Venom comic

  • 8.0
    Kalaoui Dec 8, 2017

    Good start with nice art.

  • 8.0
    Rick Jonez Dec 9, 2017

    A couple very contrived developments happen quickly but in some ways a quicker pace and getting right into things is a good thing even if it's an overpriced compared to DC books. Plus, the inclusion of minor players Mania, the D-Listers, Dr.Steve, and Lee Price(?) was welcome.

  • 8.0
    CrazyforRAMU Jun 18, 2018

    Venom is literally torn between Eddie Brock and Flash Thompson, starting a satisfying conflict that I've been wanting to see since the end of Venom: Space Knight. The roles for Spidey and lower-billed guest stars are still a little opaque, but this kickoff gives the story a promising start. I respect the quality of Ryan Stegman's art here. I can see that he's tweaking his personal style to line up with Gerardo Sandoval, who'll be illustrating the other half of the crossover. While Mr. Sandoval isn't one of my favorites, the effort Mr. Stegman makes to meet him halfway is impressive.

  • 7.5
    Spider-Man Prime Dec 6, 2017

    Good issue but I'm unsure if it was worth $5. Spider-Man was kinda boring. Flash seemed a bit naïve/headstrong. Brock seemed his "normal self." Nothing special but it's gonna have me coming back for more to see what happens.

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Dec 8, 2017

    I thought this issue had a lot going on. It was pretty darn good. Some parts to me felt a little forced or corny, but overall it was a solid read with some good spidey moments and the encounter between Eddie and Flash. The art was really good as well. I liked the book, just felt like it was missing something.

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Jan 10, 2018

    Interesting start, but feels a bit too dragged. I am a fan of Venom (along with other symbiotes) so I am interested in seeing where this goes.

  • 7.0
    Troy Apr 25, 2018

    The execution is a little lacking and there are more coincidences than you can shake a stick at, but it is intriguing nonetheless.

  • 10
    Yogurt Dec 22, 2017

  • 8.5
    EDiakota Dec 6, 2017

  • 8.5
    Nickweiser Dec 6, 2017

  • 8.5
    Wolf Warner Dec 8, 2017

  • 8.0
    Grifter Dec 7, 2017

  • 8.0
    Jason The Dude Apr 1, 2018

  • 7.5
    jmprados Feb 6, 2018

  • 6.0
    Jabberwocky_Superfly Mar 8, 2018

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