Venom #16

Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Juan Gedeon Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 10, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10 User Reviews: 44
8.7Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

After weeks on the run and battling the monsters of Asgard through the WAR OF THE REALMS, Eddie Brock finally has a moment to catch his breath. But without his symbiote, getting even the basic necessities will become a challenge for Eddie Brock. Which means that keeping his son, Dylan, alive will be too!
Rated T+

  • 10 - Charlie Ridgely Jul 10, 2019

    The fact that Cates has gotten Eddie to a point that the internal battles within his soul are more compelling without his other involved goes to show you how special this book really is. I can't wait to see what's next. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    On Comics Ground - Alec Thorn Jul 15, 2019

    The return of Donny Cates as the writer spells out an incredible psychological story about Eddie Brock's journey without the symbiote, heading towards an unstoppable hurricane of disaster. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jul 25, 2019

    Dylan puts things in perspective for Eddie as he tries to stay on the side of the angels. With Carnage pulling strings in the background, preparing for an all-out assault, Eddie Brock may be the only thing standing in the way of genocide in the Marvel Universe and that's a disturbing thought. With all the violence it had, Venom #16 is the calm before the storm. This might be the closest thing Eddie has to a normal day before his life is turned upside down by Carnage. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Multiversity Comics - Shamus Clancy Jul 15, 2019

    The symbiote may be gone, but Donny Cates's plan for the definitive Eddie Brock tale still remains intact in "Venom" #16. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    Comic Watch - John Jack Jul 19, 2019

    The art by guest artist Juan Gedeon (filling in while Ryan Stegman OBLITERATES THE ABSOLUTE HELL out of some pencils on Absolute Carnage, the preview images are incredible, see below) is great, with Eddie and Dylan looking right on model with the rest of the series and a bit of nuance added in these less extreme situations. Sin Eater looks rad as well as the way cool (artistically) 90s as all get out Venom cutaways. So great. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jul 10, 2019

    Venom continues to be one of Marvel's best series out there. It has added depth to a character who up to this point lacked any. Venom, and Eddie Brock, has finally gone from a Spider-Man who eats people, to a character you can empathize with. Cates has made me care about the character for the first time and put together an amazing focus on character, action, and big picture storytelling. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 9, 2019

    Symbiote or no, Donny Cates knows how to write Eddie Brock. The man is so full of self-doubt and worries that it's amazing he can ever be heroic. Cates and company remind us he's a hero with so many faults and that's why we love him. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jul 10, 2019

    Venom #16 for me is a great issue. Donny Cates gets his story back on course after taking a little detour with War of the Realms. Cates effectively reminds us of what happened previously in his story and also what happened in War of the Realms while setting up the Absolute Carnage event. The issue also serves as a solid almost one-shot story as well. The art is just fantastic; Juan Gedeon's style works superbly well, adding in some great coloring work from Jesus Aburtov and some stellar lettering from Clayton Cowles. This issue was an absolute delight to look at. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Colin Tessier Jul 9, 2019

    Venom #16 is one of the best issues of Cates' run on the series so far and it redefines Brock's relationship with the symbiote. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - wolfcypher Jul 10, 2019

    Donny Cates returns, but there's no Ryan Stegman to be found. Juan Gedeon gets the art duties, and he doesn't drop the ball. This issue feels like one final stall before everything kicks off with the next issues. Its nice to have a gritty street-level, down-to-Earth Eddie Brock story, neatly tucked between one chaotic War and an upcoming symbiote slaughter. Read Full Review

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