Venom: Lethal Protector #1

Writer: David Michelinie Artist: Ivan Fiorelli Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 23, 2022 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 13
6.9Critic Rating
7.3User Rating


Before Carnage and space gods, clones and toxins, and the revelation that he was a father, Eddie Brock was a down-on-his-luck reporter who had tried to take his own life and been saved by an extraterrestrial alien. This all-new story set in the character's earliest days welcomes Venom co-creator DAVID MICHELINIE back into the symbiote hive with open
arms, as he and rising star IVAN FIORELLI unite to tell a new, horrifying tale that not only revisits the wicked web-slinger's past, but hints at what's to come in his future!


  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Mar 21, 2022

    Venom: Lethal Protectoris everything I want in a throwback Venom story and more. It captures the ferocity of Venom's fight style, the complicated place Eddie's life is in and introduces some interesting C-list villains too. Venom fans, rejoice -- this is going to bring you back to your childhood. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Hank Essman Mar 22, 2022

    A whole menagerie of D-list villains are out to annoy Venom. He's probably going to do a lot more than annoy them back. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Mar 21, 2022

    Venom: Lethal Protector #1 is a great continuation of a beloved classic. Michelinie returns to the character to remind readers of what the character was like during his first solo series. Both the slightly corny dialogue and the interactions between Eddie and his Symbiote is a fantastic demonstrations of how far they have come both together and separately. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - C.V.R. The Bard Mar 22, 2022

    That's okay though, because Micheline is willing to take the Marvel faithful back to school, but even though this can serve as a remedial course, truly this remix of "Venom : Lethal Protector follows the same vein of "X-Men Legends or "Spider-Man Ben Reilly, but without the same promo campaign for either title. But ever the underdog, Venom would be proud of the rollout for this series with Valenza's base colors, Fiorelli's art that is far from Clayton Crain level, but captures the simplicity of Venom's first foray into his own comic series, finding his own legs. Well, Eddie should not have any problem now, with the rich universe built around him that Spidey doesn't even have to pop his head into one issue of this new series ! Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Major Spoilers - Jonathan Cadotte Mar 26, 2022

    Venom: Lethal Protector #1 is a comic that's steeped in 90s nostalgia. The dialog and art is over the top in ways that aren't always good, but the plot is entertaining and has a lot of potential. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Geek'd Out - Nico Sprezzatura Mar 23, 2022

    All in all, you could do worse than Venom: Lethal Protector #1 if you prefer a more vintage Venom story, but TBD on whether or not it builds up to something worth following. Read Full Review

  • 5.0 - Spencer Perry Mar 23, 2022

    Do you like old-school Venom? Then this is probably what you want, if not, keep searching. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Aviator5000 Mar 23, 2022

    Loved it.

    It wasn't as hot of a start as Punisher or Ghost Rider 1. Especially how Ghost Rider had classic horror elements...

    ...But much like the movie's, this comic has a charm that is befitting of their symbiotic relationship.

    I love how the writer tells the backstory through Brocks' Genuine concern for the symbiote.

    Definitely looking forward to the next.

  • 8.0
    Patadu94 Apr 15, 2022

    A great start for a classic Venom comic. I really enjoyed the story. For now is much more simple and without gods or other cosmic creature as we are used nowadays. The story set just after Eddie is fired from his journal and it still hates Peter for what he did. In this issue he tries to be good, but unfortunately no-one ever belives him. Moreover, the presence of the life foundation is very interesting, what are they up to. This new foe, "Humbug", seems a bit weird but I have to say it works and hipe to understand more why he hates Eddie and Venom.
    Great issue, grab it if you still can, a very old-fanshioned Venom story.

  • 7.5
    Ginger Mar 23, 2022

    Not too bad, but I would have expected a better start.

  • 6.5
    CrazyforRAMU Aug 19, 2022

    It's a solid story, but a simple one. Like it's built of Duplo blocks when the modern audience is used to at least Lego complexity.

    I really like the art. It's quite retro in its layouts, but the character designs are modern and most panels get an admirable level of polish.

    The script is decent. Maybe even good. But the prose features a host of my unfavorite 90s writing tactics: tell-don't-show characterization, melodrama, repetition, inconsistent character voices, and a pathological interest in dad jokes and lame wordplay.

    I wouldn't call David Michelinie a bad writer. But I would argue -- strenuously -- that he's a DATED writer. "I don't believe nothin's broke so I ain't a-gonna fix it," that's him.

  • 5.5
    cincyfan Apr 2, 2022

    This definitely is a full throwback to the early days of venom. However, what this book did for me is solidify how much I love how far they've taken this character of late. I do hope others get more out of this than I did. I don't think it is bad in any way it just wasn't for me.

  • 5.0
    pakistanireviewer Jun 15, 2022

    Why does humbug always has a bad fate? No one was ever good to him in H4H and he was killed by Shang I don't know when he was revived but in this issue. He's gain showed as the bad guy. Show the guy some respect.

    Now coming at the art which was fantastic! All the panels are well drawn especially the Venom ones.

  • 9.5
    MurphyL Mar 24, 2022

  • 8.0
    ComicWorm May 22, 2022

  • 7.5

  • 7.5
    Mother of dragons Mar 23, 2022

  • 7.5
    MasterComics Mar 23, 2022

  • 6.5
    Federico Liguori Apr 18, 2022

  • 6.5
    pterodactyl Mar 23, 2022

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