Venom #164

Writer: Mike Costa Artist: Mark Bagley Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 4, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 7
6.6Critic Rating
8.0User Rating

  THE NATIVITY Part 1
•  EDDIE BROCK, together with his symbiote partner, is VENOM! But just when things seemed like they were going back to normal, Eddie learns a terrible truth: the symbiote has been keeping a secret from him.
•  And after years together, this is the one secret that their relationship might not bounce back from...
•  The march to Venom's 30th Anniversary starts HERE!
Rated T+

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Apr 6, 2018

    Venom #164 brings the title back on track after the crossover stories, bringing us an interesting mystery story that leads to a shocking revelation. Bagley, Hanna, and Sanchez-Almara, bring excellent work to the artistic side of things, complimenting Costas character-focused narrative. This one gets a strong recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Apr 10, 2018

    A good to great issue, the Shocker fight alone makes it worth your time, everything else is just a bonus. Totally recommend it if you like the character at all, maybe less so if you aren't already semi-interested, hard to recommend the last couple issues before a renumber. (Just ask me, proud owner of Batman issues 620-713, last 20 are basically pointless thanks to the new 52) Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Martin Apr 4, 2018

    In the rare quiet interludes between crossover shenanigans, Mike Costa has crafted a fascinating take on the Eddie/Venom relationship. He's turned the symbiote into a separate character, one with its own agenda and secrets it keeps from its host. What happens when those secrets are laid bare to Eddie Brock? Venom #164 delivers a blockbuster of a revelation, and there are doubtless more surprises ahead. Unless you absolutely cannot stand introspective, character-driven Venom, you'll find this new evolution enthralling. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Tyler Nacross May 1, 2018

    Solid, yet hurried, writing is to be found here, along with the excellent art work. This story arc closes out another chapter in the book of Venom. Had Costa had more time, the plot threads created in this arc could have gone on to produce great things. With the knowledge of Fresh Start on the horizon and Costa leaving the imagination to wander, the question is left to linger in the mind of readers as the comic hurtles towards a new era of Marvel: If Eddie and Venom can shift alignments and do good acts by will, are symbiotes nurtured to be evil or does nature play a part here? Perhaps Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, the creative team behind the Fresh Start relaunch of Venom, can draw some inspiration from this run and answer this posed question with their run of the character. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    You Don't Read Comics - Tyler Norcross May 2, 2018

    While this issue deems itself the start of something epic, first impressions are anything but. Using the tired trope of another symbiote birth, it just feels as if this is a throwaway story for contractual purposes. The pencil and color work are done well, making Venom and his book look better than ever, but it feels like this path has been gone down before. By this point, what else can be done with Venom and Eddie? Costas answer is to usher in a new generation of symbiote antics, which hardly feels epic. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Jamie Lovett Apr 4, 2018

    Venom is beginning to feel like a skipping record. Each issue plays out pretty similarly to the last. Read Full Review

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