Venom #34

Event\Storyline: King in Black Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Iban Coello Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: April 7, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 36
7.4Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

•  After a pulse-pounding race to the finish, VENOM #34 stands as the series' final tie-in to the KING IN BLACK epic!
•  But is this issue also the end of the Venom symbiote as we know it?!
•  From maestros DONNY CATES, IBAN COELLO and JESUS ABURTOV, this one sets the stage for VENOM #200 - and EVERYTHING that follows!
Rated T+

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Apr 7, 2021

    The penultimate issue to Cates run on Venom, an important set up for both the King in Black finale and the Venom finale, filled with moments that are guaranteed to have lasting effects on a number of characters and the future of the symbiotes. It works as a character study of Eddie Brock as well, early on in the run the question, ‘Who is Eddie Brock’, was asked, and the rest of the series has been spent trying to answer that question. This issue and King in Black #5 finally begin to answer that question. Excellent writing, fantastic art, this issue will appeal to more than just Venom fans. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - David Brooke Apr 7, 2021

    Venom #34 is the kind of comic that is enjoyable, but also does what the mainline book could have done with fewer pages. It's a tie-in to a larger story that doesn't have a lot to delve into, but at least it looks great doing it. Since much of Eddie's struggle in this issue is given to him, the hero doesn't grow all that much and instead serves as a bystander in his own story. That said, it's a story we've seen before as the hero is called to do something great, which leads into King in Black's finale well enough. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - wolfcypher Apr 8, 2021

    Once I stopped asking questions, I found myself having fun reading this. Iban Coello will always be a plus on anything he draws, and I'm always happiest to have him on any Venom story. Donny Cates wanted to play with a lot of different ideas here, and while getting to these ideas was messy, the actual result was fun. It was a bombastic ride that I enjoyed more than the actual event's finale. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Apr 7, 2021

    It feels like Cates is trying to paint this picture of a down-and-out hero that overcomes all obstacles, yet, its never him that overcomes. Its always someone or something else. Readers, Im at a loss. I know what Cates is trying to do and how hes trying to make me feel. However, its so forced down my throat I find myself struggling to accept the narrative. And ultimately, this entire issue of VENOM can be summarized in one sentence and skipped right over. Was this issue merely filler to get us to 200 on the button? It seems that way. Let me know what you think, have a great week, and God bless. Read Full Review

  • 6.0 - Charlie Ridgely Apr 7, 2021

    While there's certainly a lot of fun to be had in this issue of Venom, it really only works well as a companion to the final installment of King in Black. Read Full Review

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