Venom #2

Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Ryan Stegman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 13, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 81
8.6Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

•  Long ago, a mythical monster once terrorized both humanity and the Klyntar alike. Now, it's awake. And it's angry.
•  To make matters worse, this ancient horror has a unique influence over the Venom symbiote - an influence that threatens to sever Eddie Brock's connection with his Other!
•  If he survived the first issue, that is...
Rated T+

  • 10
    Geekery Magazine - C.J. Pendragon Jun 15, 2018

    Venom #2 is an excellent story-building issue. With just enough action and just enough backstory, you're treated to a masterfully presented story that gives you exactly the right amount of information to keep up with the characters in the story without giving away future issues. This give and pull of past and present will be crucial in aiding to the creative teams success for this newest Venom run, and I expect high praise to hail them as it unravels. The next issue will be out June 27, 2018 and trust me: You do not want to be the one missing out on this. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Jun 26, 2018

    Writer Donny Cates is building up the mythos behind Venom in big ways. This is some awesome stuff and it's already paying off with some excellent storytelling. This has elevated the character above its extreme '90s anti-hero origins into something much more. Read Full Review

  • 10
    GWW - Kristel Yeager Jun 14, 2018

    If you're not reading this already I highly recommend you add it to your pull list. It's only issue 2 so easy to catch up. Spectacular writing with strong visuals to back it up. Read Full Review

  • 10 - Charlie Ridgely Jun 13, 2018

    This book is wild as hell and I love every second of it. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berkowitz Jun 13, 2018

    VENOM #2 is downright scary. However, it's also an outstanding book. Fans of Venom should not miss this book. Donny Cates adds some great new Venom lore to the mix, and also tells a chilling story. Ryan Stegman's art looks like it's right out of a horror movie, and I love it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Watch - John Jack Jun 23, 2018

    A solid step up from the last series, I'll gladly spend my money on it provided quality keeps up. An interesting first arc. Can't wait to see Symbiote god! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jun 13, 2018

    This second issue continues to flesh out Eddie and the Symbiote well. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Jun 13, 2018

    With Venom #2 I am enjoying this Venom series much more than I ever thought I would. Donny Cates is building an epic story while bringing good character development to Eddie Brock. The art team is truly incredible and works fantastically well together. Being vague to remain spoiler-free, but there is one page that is in space, just flip to that page and you will see how incredible this art team is. Venom #2 is just a good comic book, with a heck of a cliffhanger ending that has me very excited for the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Jun 14, 2018

    Venom #2 continues to have me excited for whats to come in this comic series. Cates has a good grasp on Eddie Brock, and he has ideas for the book previous writers have overlooked. Stegman, JP Mayer, and Martin make the comic darkly beautiful. This one gets a recommendation. Give it a read. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Jun 15, 2018

    It's funny too because Venom feels less like the character is trying to be a hero and more like he is just trying his best to survive and not to kill any and everything in his path. I like this version of Eddie, who is just trying to survive. Confronting the giant creature that attacked him last issue seems to be the solution of all his problems. However, with the symbiote out of control and other obstacles in his way, it looks like Venom is going to have a hard time. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jun 13, 2018

    Venom #2 is a slower read, but one that showcases a bright future ahead for the series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - C.K. Stewart Jun 13, 2018

    There's the potential for a fantastic Eddie Brock story here, though, and with luck, the stars will align in future issues to allow this series to be as truly great as it can be. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Sadowski Jun 18, 2018

    A gloomy trip through Eddie Brock's past jumpstarts "Venom" #2, a welcome return to the horror elements of the symbiote's early outings. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Sequential Planet - Frdric Bentley Jun 18, 2018

    Venom successfully delivers an interesting story, supported by art which is impressive. It simply stops just short of being great. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Corps - Michael Jones Jun 14, 2018

    We get to see what Donny actually thinks of Eddie, painting him as the man of a thousand second chances, which is a perspective I had never thought about before. But that's where Cates excels, pushing those buttons on characters that should be obvious but have actually never been explored before. The creative team continues to work in dense and dark color palettes, complimenting the tone of the book. Read Full Review

  • 6.3
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Jun 18, 2018

    Venom #2 is a solid issue by Donnie Cates with great art by Stegman but it also spends a lot of time dancing around the actual information the reader is waiting for from this title.  My main concern is issue two is raising more questions than its answering right now, and as it begins tying SHIELD into everything, its obviously setting up a crossover very early in a Fresh Start title which I cant put a stamp of approval on, if the answers never actually come from this book. Marvel again pulls my interest away from a Venom title by insisting to cross it over with other books however the attention to detail here put in by the creative team is noticeable. Read Full Review

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