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Venom #1

Writer: Al Ewing, Ram V Artist: Bryan Hitch Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 10, 2021 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 14 User Reviews: 59
8.6Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

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AN EPIC NEW ERA FOR THE SINISTER SYMBIOTE STARTS HERE! Hot off the heels of VENOM #200 and EXTREME CARNAGE, we’re closing out 2021 with one of the most ambitious books in symbiote history – an all-new VENOM from some of comics’ greatest talents! Marvel mainstay AL EWING, who himself has just ended a character-redefining run on IMMORTAL HULK, is being joined by RAM V, a horror maestro all his own, to craft a mind-bending and gut-wrenching tale of symbiosis the likes of which the Marvel Universe has never seen! AS IF THAT WASN’T ENOUGH, they’ve been joined by industry legend BRYAN HITCH, who is leaving IT ALL ON THE PAGE! We haven’t more

  • 10
    But Why Tho? - Collier "CJ" Jennings Nov 8, 2021

    Venom #1 continues to explore the Lethal Protector's cosmic horror roots while setting up a new status quo for both Eddie & Dylan Brock. If you enjoyed the previous Venom saga or enjoyed Venom: Let There Be Carnage, I definitely recommend adding this to your pull list. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Nathan Simmons Nov 8, 2021

    The previous volume may have taken Venom to never-before-seen heights, but this issue proves that Eddie and Dylan's journey is just beginning -- and they're in great hands. This is both the perfect jumping-on point and an exciting evolution for Venom. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Geek'd Out - Jonathan Boes Nov 10, 2021

    If youre a fan of the last few years of Venom storytelling, you dont want to miss this issue. But this also promises to be a great starting point for new readers. Add Venom #1 to your pull list today. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    SciFiPulse - Ian Cullen Nov 14, 2021

    Al Ewing writes a pretty solid opening issue here and provides lots of little plot threads for us to mull over. I particularly liked how he introduces Dylan and his talking cat. The way he has Eddie describe what it is like to control the symbionts is brilliant. I loved that he called the four that he used the most John, Paul, Ringo, and George, and kind of personalizing them. But the question that nags at me is where is Venom. What's happened to him. Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    Multiversity Comics - Matthew Blair Nov 12, 2021

    Its a book that throws Venom into a playground of cosmic horror and familial suffering, something that old fans and new fans alike will love. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    COMICON - Scott Redmond Nov 10, 2021

    A new era has begun as the adventures of the Brocks and their symbiote ally take them on a whole new unforeseen journey that leaves them altered greatly by the time this issue reaches the end. Marvel has found the best creative team to take the symbiotic anti-hero character into the great unknown, while respecting everything that has come before. Read Full Review

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    BGCP - Andy MacGregor Nov 13, 2021

    Given the fall out from the KING IN BLACK and EXTREME CARNAGE, it was always going to interesting to see what would happen in a new run. And given that you have Titans of the industry in Ram V and Al Ewing as co-writers, then this is one book that I was eager to get my hands on. It did not disappoint. An intriguing storyline which hints at being another fantastic story arc. Fans of the Venom comic should be picking this up if they haven't already! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Nov 10, 2021

    Cates certainly navigated and expanded Eddie and the VENOM symbiote in a brand new direction with endless possibilities waiting on the horizon. However, it looks like it's going to be Ram V and Al Ewing who truly evolve the dynamic of the symbiotes and begin an incredibly special journey with a father and son that appears to be steeped in time-traversing adventures that we may never forget. Now is the time to hop on board VENOM! Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Comic Watch - Mike Eakins Nov 9, 2021

    Its rare for lightning to strike twice, but in Marvels case, it has not only struck twice but with the impact of a ten-ton hammer. When you reach the end of this issue, you will need to pick your jaw off the floor and a scotch. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Graphic Policy - Brett Nov 10, 2021

    Venom #1 is an interesting start. There's some grand concepts and ideas that could be interesting to see how they play out. What's great is the issue does an excellent job of building off recent events while also charting its own path. It's both solid for new readers and long time fans as well. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Nov 10, 2021

    Hitch works in tandem with inker Andrew Currie and colorist Alex Sinclair to give you the stylized Venom poses fans are eager for, shaping this one up to be a title to keep an eye on in the future. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Nov 10, 2021

    Venom #1 brings a great new dynamic between Eddie and his son Dylan. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Nov 8, 2021

    I am in a bit of a bind with this book. On one hand, I really like Ram V's work (yes even Catwoman!) and Hitch does add a professional, high quality style of pencils. On the others the art is too nice for a horror book. Couple these quandaries with the fact that I am not a huge Venom fan since he became an anti-hero all the back in Venom #1 and you can see my dilemma. I get why it had to be done. You can't have a major villain that is more powerful than the hero and expect him to keep losing. Venom isn't the Daleks for Pete's sake! I am sure that Venom fans will dive into this book but for me, it is a hard pass. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Impulse Gamer - Tim Chuma Nov 17, 2021

    I would recommend this one if you are a fan of this character already and want to see a new adventure from them. Read Full Review

  • 10
    The Batman Nov 10, 2021

    A masterpiece of a debut issue with great writing and artwork. If you are a new reader, come on in. The water is fine. If you are not and are coming back from Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, & co.'s three-year epic, it's a great continuation. I would give this higher than a 10 if I could. Everything about this issue is perfect for fans of the character.

    Al Ewing got the comic book community talking with his recently-concluded masterpiece that is The Immortal Hulk. Ram V has been making a name for himself with stellar runs on Catwoman, The Swamp Thing, and his masterpiece The Many Deaths of Laila Starr. If this issue tells me anything, it's that we might just have another A-Tier (at minimum) ongoing run on our hands.

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    Afre Nov 10, 2021

    This feeling if very familiar. I remember having similar one three and a half years ago with Venom #1 by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman.

    It's feeling of excitment. Intrigue.

    This first issue is amazing. I like it a lot.

  • 9.0
    King-Maker Psycamorean Nov 10, 2021

    This is very good! I'm definitely more into the Eddie Brock side of things, and assuming the writing credits for future issues aren't wrong, that won't be the focus in the next few issues. So I hope that issue two does more to establish Dylan's side of things. I'm excited for the series though. And even Bryan Hitch's artwork is good when I usually dislike its stiffness.

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    Rachit Mittal Nov 10, 2021

    Amazing Issue by Ram V and Al Ewing.
    Edit:-
    I think main villain(person with red eyes) is actually Eddie Brock from distant future who had mastered ability to flow through time.
    Future Eddie wants to Present Eddie to go on same path as him. In the way, he had neglected Dylan. He had lost his Human aspect. Story basic plot would be developing Dylan and Eddie bond. Present Eddie would understand from his future counterpart what wrong step he took on path of King in Black. By the end, Eddie would most likely renounce his King in Black Status.
    I think that red Symbiote is Carnage or he is going to be any kind of problem that will future Eddie face. Maybe Future Eddie time travelled to save himself from facing that issue. Pre more

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    cincyfan Nov 14, 2021

    Wow!!! That was absolutely incredible! I can't say enough about how much I loved every panel of this book. I have always been a big fan of venom ever since he was first introduced in 1988 in amazing Spider-Man 299 but what they've done of late is so incredible. Venom is becoming more than I ever would've dreamed he would be. I was completely hooked to this story almost immediately. The writing is phenomenal the story had exactly the feel I'm looking for in a venom book and was very intriguing and exciting. The artwork was fantastic the colors really popped. Honestly this may be my favorite single issue of venom. As you might be able to tell I can't wait for the next issue and to find out where this story goes. I don't know if you can have a more

  • 8.5
    fearUhavemeisenough Nov 10, 2021

    You need references, as if a bunch of things wanted to put in an agglomerated way

  • 8.5
    Toonstrack Nov 11, 2021

    A strong debut issue wrh a lot of moving parts and plenty of setup and plenty of gorgeously rendered action.

    I dig layered stories and thus is looking like its going ot be a great one. In recent years Venom has struck me as a character that consistently gets thrown into the most epic most insane, large scale situations and stories despite coming from such humble beginnings. This new story looks like its gonna keep that energy.

    I just hope Ewing doesn't get too big for his britches, but given his track record I have nothing to worry about.

    Go buy this issue, I wanna see this story through!

  • 7.5
    redhood Nov 10, 2021

    ahora tenemos a Dilan simbitizado tomando el manto del padre, pero se siente un crecimiento abrupto, necesitan tomar esto con calma o hacer referencias en otro comic de lo que esta pasando realmente aqui

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    DoorMan Nov 18, 2021

    Wow! Absolutely loved the issue. Really excited for what’s next.

  • 9.0
    allenquanobi Nov 10, 2021

    Really liked this issue. After the Cates run, I was worried that whoever was gonna take the reigns wouldn't be able to live up to the hype. Ewing and Ram V really start the series off on a high note. Love the focus on Dylan and how he is different than Eddie. I love the two stories of Eddie and Dylan about them being apart and how it affects each other. It's just a great starting point. My minor complaint about this issue is the art. Yes, yes give me all the hate since I said something bad about Bryan Hitch. I actually like Hitch quite a bit, even though he isn't anywhere close to his peak during Ultimates. His more recent work feels rushed and I find some of the details to be lacking a lot. I also don't think Alex Sinclair is the more

  • 8.5
    alez_00 Nov 10, 2021

    I was interesting when was announced beacuse I knew that the creative team was so talented and finally after months I red it. I found it very enjoyable, the plot, the characters's characterizazion, the drawing and the new ideas of Al Ewing. It continues from the run that preceed it but introduce some gorgeous elements and a new well knwon artist that do a great job!

  • 8.5
    daspidaboy Nov 11, 2021

    not a fan of al Ewing, but honestly this is a pretty good debut issue that I am going to praise Al Ewing's writing.

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    Hydro-Man Nov 11, 2021

    It didn’t knock my symbiote off but it’s a promising new direction.

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    DDJamesB Nov 16, 2021

    It's off to a pretty good start. I liked the art, I liked the Dylan parts but, didn't Eddie die like 5 months ago?

  • 8.0
    Merlyn Nov 10, 2021

    Not sure how I feel about this. It's ambitious to be sure but there's so much crammed here that it seems like at times is just jumps awkwardly from one point to another without a lot of explanations. For example, why are the military (I'm assuming that's the military though I'm not sure) attacking Venom? And were they attacking Dylan or Eddie or both? I guess Venom is now hunted down like Hulk and Swamp Thing? There's just no cohesion at all between the various plots. Also, the whole "I can move through time now like it's no big deal" asks a lot of suspension of disbelief from the reader, even for comic books. There are some good points, though. The stuff with Eddie is obviously of much more interest than what's happening with Dylan but som more

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  • 7.5
    Mout Nov 11, 2021

    I missed good Bryan Hitch, glad he's back

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    Alloy Press Nov 18, 2021

    Im excited for whats to come. I like the creepy elements of this and the ending and where we are headed excites me. I felt the issue under cut certain moments that made this a tad lack luster where there could have been bigger moments. Love the art! Still a great start

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    Assassin's Creed Nov 10, 2021

    This is not Ram's style, the art is beautiful, but I don't like Ewing's predictable writing

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    Stormwrath Nov 10, 2021

    I don't know if Bryan Hitch was a good fit for this book, I kinda enjoyed the book, but it didn't hook me in

  • 2.5
    SinceAge7 Nov 10, 2021

    Al Ewing is my guy but this wasnt worth $6; maybe I have to re-read it.....

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