Venom #1

Venom #1

Writer: Mike Costa Artist: Gerardo Sandoval Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 23, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 16
7.1Critic Rating
7.2User Rating

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    The symbiote you know and love has returned to New York City. No more "Agent of the Cosmos." No more "Lethal Protector." It's time for a new Venom, and it's great to be bad.
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  • 10
    411Mania - Stephen M. Lyon Dec 1, 2016

    I came into reading this title with very low expectations; I thought this was going to be just another cheap way for Marvel to make money by exploiting the popularity of a character and sacrificing writing. However, I was immediately hooked and I cannot wait for the next issue to come out " this is definitely going on my pull list at my LCS. I'm intrigued by the shoe being on the other foot for the symbiote and I cannot wait to see how they continue to develop the relationship between it and the host. I highly recommend buying and reading and doubt you'll be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - markbouchard Nov 23, 2016

    While I was initially outraged at the nature of the new host, given that the symbiote had grown so much while partnered with Flash Thompson, I now view the new partnership as an opportunity for growth. Will the Venom symbiote revert back to its old ways, giving in to Price's self-serving ways? Or will it overpower Price and either compel him to do good, or leave in search of an entirely new host? Only time will tell! Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Heroes Direct - Adam Fitch Nov 24, 2016

    The artwork for Venom is nearly always spot on since he can make and take different shapes, and this issue is no different. The comic's in a dark and gritty style that doesn't heavily rely on detail to paint the picture thanks to the potent and effective script. This is a very good start from Venom, and Lee's a promising new host. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Adam Brunell Nov 26, 2016

    I'm not a heavy follower of Venom, but I'm up to speed on Venom's recent situation because I follow the Guardians of the Galaxy comics. I'm not sure if this new direction will turn out good or not, it seems that Venom is going backwards instead of forward. Venom has come a long way and has gone through a deep detox on his home planet to wipe the years of corruption from evil or psychotic hosts. It seems that Marvel has a plan to bring Venom back to his darker image once again. With Sandoval and Costa teaming up to bring Venom back to that darker state I think things will run well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    411Mania - RobF Dec 1, 2016

    After a slow start the first issue of Venom picks up. Costa has an interesting take on an old character with the potential for more. He has never had a moral dilemma like this and it will interesting to see which direction he takes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Superior Spider-Talk - Eric Wilson Nov 23, 2016

    Mike Costa plays with readers' expectations in the new Venom series. The set-up is intriguing, and you'll be left wanting more. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Outright Geekery - Eli Funaro Nov 27, 2016

    Overall, this new Venom comic is a promising return to the character's villainous roots. Venom # 1 is a strong re-entry to a fan favorite character and is sure to hook new readers. The story is fast paced and full of action, and even though the art doesn't seem to gel with the violent nature of Venom's character, it's still full of energy and gory details. This is a promising new story arc that is intriguing and has a lot of potential. Hopefully we will go back to seeing kids playing with Venom toys again, like the old school talking action figure that said "I want to eat your brain." And hopefully we will also see all the moms who were disgusted by them. Those were the days. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Nov 23, 2016

    This first issue takes a little while to kick into gear, but once it does it establishes Lee price as an intriguing new heir to the Venom mantle. The notion that the Venom symbiote is now the helpless victim being controlled by a ruthless host promises to shake up the old formula in a major way. Unfortunately, the art isn't strong enough to allow this new series to live up to its full potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Graphic Policy - Joe Ryan Nov 23, 2016

    Who will be under control going forward? Lee, or the symbiote? This book has a pretty interesting twist with who that was in the thought bubbles, and once I discovered that, I went back and enjoyed it a bit more. I think this series has good potential, and this was just a setup issue. If you are interested in Venom being a violent, and dark book again, by all means give this a chance. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    NerdEnt.Net - Flame Hawk Jan 1, 2017

    So it is safe to say that I'm not a fan of Costa's take on Venom; his fast-paced storytelling uses the same stale tropes. There also are many things in the first issue that could have been saved for later down the road, such as Lee's backstory which felt forced and shoehorned in unnecessarily. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    AiPT! - Nick Nafpliotis Nov 23, 2016

    I'll be sticking with this series for now, but I really hope Costa shows his previous knack for characterization soon. Venom has definitely got the style part down, but is severely lacking in substance. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    We The Nerdy - Chad Waller Nov 23, 2016

    There's your bookend for Venom #1. Everything in the middle is a big heaping pile of, "I don't care." Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    The Source by SuperHeroStuff - Marc Buxton Nov 29, 2016

    The artwork by Geraldo Sandoval is suitably edgy as this is a dark tale with appropriately dark visuals. But theres nothing for readers to grab onto. Price is not a dynamic enough character to justify the absence of Brock or Thompson as the title character. Venom #1 is a book that seems like it is destined to be a footnote in Venom history. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Covers Nov 24, 2016

    While I don’t believe the first issue was outstanding, I do see its potential. I see the potential for Venom and Price’s relationship to be interesting; seeing whether the symbiote will hold true to the heroic nature picked up from Flash, or give into Price’s will and become evil again. I would also like to see what type of role previous hosts like Flash and Mac Gargan will play in the series, and how much of Venom’s history they will incorporate into this new run. I do have some initial problems with Lee Price, but I am hopeful we will learn more about him in the following issues. While Venom #1 is rough around the edges, I can definitely say that it has caught my attention, and I will be coming back to see how this story plays out. For the full review, check it out at

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  • 8.5
    Hamman798 Nov 24, 2016

    A very solid first issue that introduces an intriguing new host. Neat artwork, story and a surpsing great narrative

  • 7.0
    Rick Jonez Nov 26, 2016

    Almost anything would better than the Guardians of the Galaxy direction and this certainly was. However, this is not going to last long as a series, it's more suited to a running plotline in a Spider-title. Besides we already got somewhat similar with the Carnage book. It was a solid premiere and Lee might eventually prove to be an interesting host but there are too many reasons, given canon and Q-ratings, that this symbiosis should last more than a mini/maxi series.

  • 6.0
    Spock's Brain Nov 28, 2016

    I'm out.

  • 6.0
    Mac Dec 8, 2016

    I have loved some of Gerardo Sandoval's art. The cover totally had me sold, but I didn't like the McFarlane-esque take on the symbiote. It didn't feel right and neither did the story. The "twist" of a bad man and a good symbiote didn't change the dynamic enough to be interesting. I'd really like to see some character development or at least a challenge to the Hero/Villain ethos. This pairing could be interesting in that regard.

  • 5.5
    Bleemak Nov 23, 2016

    The symbiote is becoming an interesting "thing". The new host on the other hand is just unlikable dude with full of cliché's. Art is a mixed bag, Venom's new look is great, but some characters look pretty dull.

  • 4.0
    ak94 Nov 24, 2016

    i remember Remender's Venom and i cry. What the hell is this s**t?

  • 9.0
    EDiakota Nov 23, 2016

  • 9.0
    Fradog23 Nov 23, 2016

  • 8.5
    antigoon Jan 7, 2017

  • 8.0
    Stallonelythelonely Jan 10, 2017

  • 8.0
    Dtkantek May 24, 2017

  • 7.5
    mrDovydas Apr 13, 2017

  • 7.5
    MikeCandle Jun 6, 2017

  • 7.0
    pablo Nov 24, 2016

  • 6.0
    Wolf Warner Nov 24, 2016

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