Venom #5

Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Ryan Stegman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 22, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 56
8.5Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

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• An ancient Klyntar has awakened on Earth, and with it, something has stirred in Eddie Brock's symbiote.
•  And while Venom would never do anything to hurt Eddie or an innocent person, the ancient symbiote has no such qualms...
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  • 9.9
    Comicsverse - Aaron Berkowitz Aug 22, 2018

    VENOM #5 is just so exciting. Donny Cates cements his status as an A-list writer with VENOM. This issue is no exception. Ryan Stegman's artwork belongs in a museum; it's just that good. Pick up this book immediately. It's my favorite book of the month. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Dispatchdcu Aug 23, 2018

    Stegman and Cates are the new Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Cates is diving so deep into the mythos of Venom, just like Snyder did with Batman while Stegman's art captures the dark and fantastical of the character beautifully, just like Capullo did with the Dark Knight. Cates and Stegman are two of the best creative storytellers, and artistic geniuses in all of comics right now just like Snyder and Capullo were during DC's "Fresh Start" with the New 52. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Techaeris - Jason Falter Aug 23, 2018

    As far as the various Venom series go, I have to say that this is my favorite Venom book so far. I really like the dark horror vibe that is going on and I hope that continues into future arcs too. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Daniel Gehen Aug 23, 2018

    Venom #5 continues the series trend of being a true gem not just among the Big Two, but the industry as a whole. This is solely due to the immensely talented creative team, because if we're being honest, Venom as a character is clearly a product of 1980s and 1990s comics. As long as the team keeps up the good work, Eddie Brock may have finally found his place in the 21s century. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Harlan Ivester Aug 22, 2018

    Needless to say, Venom #5 is pretty important. If the cover didn’t already convince you, I hope you’ll take my advice when I say that this book is worth every penny and every second of your time. It’s clearly a big moment for the Venom mythos, and one that makes me so glad to see in the November solicits that Donny Cates is continuing his work in the Venom corner. His run is one of Marvel’s best books on the shelves – top three for sure (and one of the other two is another Cates book.) Great progression for a character that’s been in a rut for so long, brought to life by an art team that always seals the deal; Venom #5 has absolutely got to be in your stack this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Aug 22, 2018

    Venom #5 is another excellent addition to the series, one that again pushes Eddie Brock in unexpected directions. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Weird Science - Branden Murray Aug 27, 2018

    Venom remains the cant miss series out of the Marvel Fresh Start relaunch and one of the most high quality books either of the big two comic companies are churning out on a monthly basis.  The layers to the character Venom continue to get pealed back in this issue, keeping this series as enjoyable as it's ever been. Ryan Stegman and company continue to make this book a must buy with nothing less than incredible art too. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Aug 22, 2018

    A solid issue that sets up one hell of a mission for Venom. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Aug 27, 2018

    Given how many fits and starts have been taken with Venom as a character over the past decade or so, you can’t help but be impressed with the level of craziness and the level of confidence this creative team has brought in just five issues. It would be easy to just position Eddie Brock as a shadow counterpart of Spider-Man, but there’s something much more additive going on thanks to Cates and Stegman’s ingenuity - by building upon the mythology of the symbiotes in such a wild way, they’re able to build upon both Venom as a character as well as the world around him, revitalizing a new corner of the Marvel Universe. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Aug 23, 2018

    This is a brave new era for Venom. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Charlie Ridgely Aug 22, 2018

    Venom #5 is another solid entry for Cates and Stegman, though I will admit that it slowed the story down just a tad. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Edgar O'Neill-Figueroa Aug 25, 2018

    This new Venom series continues to be a blast for those who love worldbuilding. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Watch - John Jack Aug 27, 2018

    A decent facet of a larger story that has little merit of its own besides the art but just exists as a cog within the wheel. If it's on your pull you've already got it but if you don't I wouldn't consider it essential reading. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Black Nerd Problems - Chris Aiken Aug 24, 2018

    Tonally, I do think Cates is capable of nailing down that horror vibe I so desperately want from a book like Venom. Combined with Stegman's art, there are moments where Venom looks and acts like the monster he is. However, the deeper we dive into the story, I see less and less of that and more over the top comic book action. The story is starting to lose me, the revelations aren't all that exciting, and I just want Venom's encounter with Knull to end so that we can get a fresh start. Read Full Review

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