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Venom #1

Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Ryan Stegman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 9, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 23 User Reviews: 61
8.8Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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A NEW SERIES BY DONNY CATES & RYAN STEGMAN!
In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers - VENOM! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear - including Eddie Brock! Join two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, for a VENOM adventure a thousand years in the making!
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  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Charlie Ridgely May 9, 2018

    This first issue peels back the curtain on the Symbiotes, letting the readers know that there is so much more to the history of this race on Earth than we ever knew, all while setting the stage for a Lovecraftian mystery that one would never expect in a Venom series, but is more than a welcomed change of pace. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror Talk - James Ferguson May 16, 2018

    Cates takes the character down an interesting path, asking questions that I never thought of but bring up some really awesome points Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Harlan Ivester May 9, 2018

    Go buy Venom #1. I don't care if you like Venom or not. Doesn't matter if you've read his stories before. Doesn't matter if you don't read Marvel or you just don't read comics. This is a book that knows exactly what it wants to be and isn't going to hold back. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berkowitz May 9, 2018

    VENOM #1 should please all Eddie Brock fans. Donny Cates tells a truly interesting story about Brock that doesn't seem to retread on old ground. It feels fresh and that's very welcome. The dark, gothic tone fits this book perfectly. Ryan Stegman's art is, as always, fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke May 8, 2018

    This is taking huge chances which you don't see every day with legacy characters. Possibly the most excited I've been about Venom ever. Make no mistake, this will change how you think about Venom forever. All-new, all-different, and incredibly exciting. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Shoot The Breeze Comics - Xavier Mendoza May 10, 2018

    If you want to get into Venom books with no prior knowledge of the character, this issue presents a wonderful jumping off point. If you're a long time Venom fan like myself, there's plenty here to help keep your love of the character alive. Pick up a copy as soon as you can, I know I will. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Brazen Bull - Charlie Chipman May 11, 2018

    Not only is this the Venom comic book series that fans have been waiting for, but it's the series that long-time readers and Venom fans deserve. In an impressive first issue, writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman manage to re-define one of Marvel's most iconic characters, and they manage to do so in a way that breeds interest and excitement. There is a new age of Venom upon us; rejoice! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel May 10, 2018

    A hearty thumbs up and another one to add to the pull list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D May 9, 2018

    Cates is a masterful creator and he continues that trend here withVenom #1.He and Stegman expertly convey the weariness of Eddie, the confusion over the possession of the symbiote, and the determination to find answers. Stegman's art is sharp and full of details, from the symbiotes, to the violent action, to the despair of Brock. Stegman creates a world that is muddled in one frame, sharp as a razor in the next panel. His art is a slow burn that becomes a frenzy of action. The duo have created an interesting title that promises to provide some gripping action. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    All-Comic - Tyler Goulet May 9, 2018

    Donny Cates clearly has some insane shit planned, so this is only the tip of the iceberg. If you've every liked Venom or been Venom-curious, there is no better time than right now to try out aVenomseries. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen May 9, 2018

    Venom #1 serves as a strong start to the new series, thanks mostly to its top-notch creative team. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison May 10, 2018

    Venom #1 by Cates, Stegman, Mayer, and Martin is a promising and exciting first installment for the new era of the series. The team fires on all cylinders and promises to take the character in interesting directions from here. This one is highly recommended. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Corps - Michael Jones May 15, 2018

    There are two things that I am really enjoying about this book: Cates writing style and the characterization of the symbiote. Cates has created a story that leads me in one direction and then throws me in the complete opposite. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 9, 2018

    I'm not normally a fan of Venom but this first issue has really caught my attention and could easily make me one. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Alex Curtis May 11, 2018

    Even if you're not a fan of "Venom" or villain books, Donny Cates and company are already delivering a rich, haunting story that works on a variety of levels. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson May 11, 2018

    I am a bit on the fence with Venom #1. I like the story and where Donny Cates is taking it. The visual aspect of the series is great. The art team has some fantastic pages in this issue. I am just not sure how much I personally care about Venom and Eddie Brock. It has been a long time since 1995. Venom #1 is a put together nicely. But I am just not sure if I can get personally invested in Venom. However, if one person has the chops to make me care about Eddie it is Donny Cates. So after a good first issue, I am on board for at least a few more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose May 8, 2018

    This is not a perfect debut by any means, but there's a surprising amount of substance to this comic book, and it makes Venom a worthy poison for any Spider-fan to pick. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge May 14, 2018

    Armed with monstrous thrills and a killer new hook, Venom #1 is a big win for the returning antihero. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Major Spoilers - Wilson May 16, 2018

    Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman are off to a killer start in this new volume of Venom, with ideas that could be refreshing in a Venom comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Beat - Joe Grunenwald May 9, 2018

    It's accessible for new readers and I'm intrigued by where it's going. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Matthew Sardo May 8, 2018

    Overall, Venom #1 is a great launch to the series with over-the-top 90s inspired writing from Cates and McFarlane-inspired art by Stegman. The cliffhanger at the end will compel you to read the second issue as well. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken May 10, 2018

    That sucks that this is what holds the book back for me because there is a lot to enjoy. I like the art by Ryan Stegman, who plays a lot with Venom in the darkness and making him look monstrous. There is also the idea of Venom facing off against something more terrifying them himself and Eddie struggle to keep it under control. However, nothing has yet to convince me that Eddie or Venom works as a heroic character. It just seems a bit crazy that Eddie is trying to be a hero when he carries an uncontrollable monster on his back, which leads him to do more harm than good. We'll see how the book develops but for now it's off to an average start. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weird Science - Branden Murray May 14, 2018

    While Donny Cates at Marvel hasn't disappointed on a title yet the topics this issue touches on and introduces feel like paths we've been down with Venom and the Symbiote multiple times before making this relaunch have a bit of a Ground Hogs Day feel to it.  Despite that I trust Cates enough to have things coming that will change my mind keeping me on board for now. There is an awesome horror feel to the art throughout the book that makes it very close to a must buy for any Venom fan boy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    mrDovydas May 9, 2018

    I never cared about Venom that much to pick up the main book. I've tried the Remender's and Bunn's runs in TPBs after they were done, I've tried the Costa's run to no avail , as it was awful at times. But seeing that this time it's going to be run by Cates and Stegman, it was a no brainer to try at least the first couple issues, as these two are some of my favourites in the industry. And what a shocker this issue was. The story is intriguing, dark, and even with some horror influences. Talking about the art, this is the best thing Stegman has ever drawn. Can't wait for the next issue. With this one and the Avengers last week, Marvel is definitely getting back into the game with the Fresh Start.

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  • 10
    ZodTee May 9, 2018

    Wowie zowie.

    What's going on with Venom! DAYYYYUM. This is one crazy start to a new series.

  • 10
    Bleemak May 9, 2018

    I'm so glad my excitment for Cates's series wasn't wasted. This book, writing and the artwork by Stegman are all amazing to me. Can't wait for next one!

    -None really.

    +Everything else, you won't be disappointed.

  • 10
    venomus_doomster Jun 2, 2018

    this is like my first comic and honestly its such a great starting point for venom, prior to reading this, i had virtually no experience with venom. just the original spiderman trilogy Lol. it introduced the relationship between eddie and symbiote very well, i love it. it also has this really unique atmosphere to it, the foreshadowing for "god" is great. got me interested to know more abt symbiotes and to see the relationship between eddie and venom grow. THE ART IS ABSOLUTELY GORG,, amazing overall, cant wait for issue 2.

  • 9.5
    Bill Blaze May 9, 2018

    Donny Cates is gonna kill it, folks. Looks like the beginning of a psychological horror story. Stegman's lines are on point. This is a pretty sick issue. Great creative team.

  • 9.5
    Dispatchdcu May 10, 2018

    Welcome to the Oblivion Bar where the first round is on me and the pretzels are free! Be warned: like the pickled eggs at the bar, this issue is going to get SPOILED rotten.

    Well, if you want a fresh start with Venom, this is the time. Feel free to come in blind and you will be just fine. Here is all you really need to know prior, which Cates tells you indirectly anyway: Eddie Brock is bonded with the symbiote and Flash Thompson was before him. Technically, Eddie was bonded first a long time ago but I digress. That’s it. You’re good to go! Dive in!

    Anyway, we open with Eddie taking pills to quiet the symbiote. The symbiote has been going alittle bonkers lately. It’s been saying so many crazy things in Eddie’s more

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  • 9.5
    Korgakoth May 12, 2018

    Great start for this new story arc, tons of details noticed after my second/third read of this comic book.

    Let's see how the story evolves on following issues :)

  • 9.0
    DDJamesB May 10, 2018

    This is very different from Venom stories of the past. It is pretty crazy at times, but it's beautifully drawn, fun and exciting. I can't ask for much and read Cates previous work on Strange and Thanos I am confident this great story will continue strong.

  • 9.0
    FT Metler May 10, 2018

    Cates is killing it at Marvel! Home run.

  • 8.0
    Tree Fingers May 10, 2018

    I mean Ill give it an 8. Lets not get carried away people lol

  • 10
    TheImageIsStrong May 10, 2018

    Wow. This is even darker than the McFarland days of his marvellous run. Stegman's art is amazing and you can see Todd's influence on Ryan's art as I read , anyway no spoilers here, but if you are a Venom fan you will thoroughly enjoy this run by the great Cates!Been my favorite writer over the past 3 years and proves again he is a great writer. 10/10

  • 10
    Shodan May 11, 2018

    As Thanos' wrapped up I thought to myself no way I can't see what Donny Cates is going to do with Venom. While the 12 yr old 90s kid in me loves Venom - he's not all that interesting, just damn cool looking. This is almost a horror book and a super cool take on Eddie Brock and the Symbiote. Seems like a mini to me and think it will be a great contained series. Oh yeah Stegman's art is fantastic - the initial intro of classic Venom is amazing.

  • 10
    Zeitgeist Jun 8, 2018

    Wow! Just awesome, I cannot say anything else. A definitely must read, great story and art combined - the perfect 10!

  • 9.5
    Copygram14 Jun 24, 2018

    Brilliant first issue! Cates and Stegman have left me very hungry for more. I've never been interested in Venom until now. The story is intriguing and the art is dark and deadly.

  • 9.0
    DarioV May 12, 2018

    I had no intention to pick up this book until I was informed of its creative team. And, I gotta say, Cates is a genius. Not because of the story itself (which is great anyway) but because he can make something good out of a clear exploitation comic, born solely because of the upcoming movie. It looks like the plot intends to touch a huge scale for the history of symbiotes, and its grim, mysterious narrative is very engaging. Stegman's art is very 90's style reminiscent, which is fitting for a character who found its relevance in those years. I had no intention to pick up this book, yeah, but now it's at the top of my reading list.

  • 9.0
    Melkor May 13, 2018

    It was really good. Good beginning and, good art. I love it

  • 9.0
    MullholandDerp Jun 1, 2018

    What an issue. I was hesitant about diving back into a Venom book after the re-launch with Costa at the helm, but I felt Cates may right the ship. With a $4.99 price tag, you hope for a great story, and this book delivers. This is a dark story, one that I wasn't expecting, and one that leaves you wanting more. The dialogue by Costa is believable between the symbiote and Eddie, and it really highlights the struggle that they are both going through with this new threat. The art is wonderful, and is appropriate for the story being told. It is eerily dark, while also being very detailed. Top marks all around for Cates and Stegman, I can't wait for issue #2.

  • 9.0
    jtefft Jun 28, 2018

    This is a must read series for fans of Spidey and Venom. Great story and phenomenal art.

  • 8.5
    Spock's Brain May 15, 2018

    I've never been a big Venom guy (well, except when I was a teenager), but I am a big Donny Cates guy, so I had to try this. It was pretty cool. I liked the way Cates portrays the relationship between the symbiotic and Eddie, and he did a really good job with the dialogue and the constant struggle between them. Having it described as Eddie having a screaming angry voice in his head is really effective, and the scene where Eddie shuts the symbiote down as it utters death threats against him is creepy. I also enjoyed Stegman's art here--he seems a really great fit for this book. Excited for issue #2!

  • 8.5
    Solano Jun 11, 2018

    Im happy to see eddie brock back bonding with venom. The beginning of the book leaves you a little clueless but towards the middle you kinda see what direction is heading into. I like the artist and hopefully the writer takes us somewhere we haven't been with venom.

  • 8.5
    Bigbooty Jun 21, 2018

    Story gets a little janky in parts but is shaping up nicely. Art is fantastic.

  • 5.5
    AdamAnt May 12, 2018

    Expected more from this one. It's good not great, no spoilers here but it's extremely derivative. Venom struggling with his identity and self worth is par for the course. The only fresh part so far a peek into historic symbiotes. The cover art concept has been done to death. If I see another Venom standing on top of a gargoyle, screaming with lighting behind him...I will fall asleep. Come on creators you are better then this. I will pick up the next issue with hopes that it improves.

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