Venom #1

Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Ryan Stegman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 9, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 108
8.7Critic Rating
8.9User Rating

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!
Rated T+

  • 10 - 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 DNA - 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
    On Comics Ground - 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

  • 7.2
    Comic Watch - Matthew David Clarke Sep 5, 2018

    A fun and incredibly violent action book once you get past the blatant exposition in the dialogue. Just dont expect much in the way of intellectual or emotional stimulation. 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

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