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Rising star Donny Cates and blockbuster artist Ryan Stegman transform the world of Venom! An ancient and primordial evil has surfaced beneath the streets of New York. With it, something equally disturbing has been awakened in that most wicked of webslingers: Venom! The symbiote may still be a lethal protector of innocents in New York, but this never-before-seen threat may Rising star Donny Cates and blockbuster artist Ryan Stegman transform the world of Venom! An ancient and primordial evil has surfaced beneath the streets of New York. With it, something equally disturbing has been awakened in that most wicked of webslingers: Venom! The symbiote may still be a lethal protector of innocents in New York, but this never-before-seen threat may force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear - including its human host, Eddie Brock! Eddie and the symbiote summon the strength to defend New York against the most powerful foe they've ever faced, but one more thing stands in their way: Miles Morales, the newest Spider-Man! And relations between Eddie and the symbiote become ever more strained when new questions about the creature and its otherworldly origins come to light! COLLECTING: VENOM (2018) 1-12


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Rising star Donny Cates and blockbuster artist Ryan Stegman transform the world of Venom! An ancient and primordial evil has surfaced beneath the streets of New York. With it, something equally disturbing has been awakened in that most wicked of webslingers: Venom! The symbiote may still be a lethal protector of innocents in New York, but this never-before-seen threat may Rising star Donny Cates and blockbuster artist Ryan Stegman transform the world of Venom! An ancient and primordial evil has surfaced beneath the streets of New York. With it, something equally disturbing has been awakened in that most wicked of webslingers: Venom! The symbiote may still be a lethal protector of innocents in New York, but this never-before-seen threat may force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear - including its human host, Eddie Brock! Eddie and the symbiote summon the strength to defend New York against the most powerful foe they've ever faced, but one more thing stands in their way: Miles Morales, the newest Spider-Man! And relations between Eddie and the symbiote become ever more strained when new questions about the creature and its otherworldly origins come to light! COLLECTING: VENOM (2018) 1-12

30 review for Venom by Donny Cates, Vol. 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Cates is doing his best to turn Venom into an interesting character after 2 decades of having him thirst for Spider-Man's brains while protecting the "innocent". I'm actually excited to see where this heads in Absolute Carnage.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Maksym Karpovets

    Спочатку Доні Кейтс, нова зірка Марвел, переписує і розширює світ Венома, розкриваючи генеологію та міфологію космічної (та чи космічної?) зарази. Далі він додає таємну організацію і не менш таємничого Творця, що намагається теж щось витягти (буквально й переносно) з Едді Брока. Нарешті, Кейтс завершує першу частину свого рану глибокою психологічною кризою Едді, повертаючи його до своєї домівки й статусу кво. Далі починається подія «Війна королівств» Джейсона Аарона та декілька тай-інів (наче Спочатку Доні Кейтс, нова зірка Марвел, переписує і розширює світ Венома, розкриваючи генеологію та міфологію космічної (та чи космічної?) зарази. Далі він додає таємну організацію і не менш таємничого Творця, що намагається теж щось витягти (буквально й переносно) з Едді Брока. Нарешті, Кейтс завершує першу частину свого рану глибокою психологічною кризою Едді, повертаючи його до своєї домівки й статусу кво. Далі починається подія «Війна королівств» Джейсона Аарона та декілька тай-інів (наче два), після яких Кейтс повернеться до серії та згодом почне свою власну подію «Абсолютний Карнаж». Якщо ж пробувати розбиратись без хронології подій, бо Кейтс справді зумів зробити щось неможливе із персонажем. Насправді формула його дуже проста: Кейтс переосмислив і зробив живого, цікавого й неоднозначного героя, де Веном — не просто космічна зараза, але й частина ідентичності Брока. Щось подібне паралельно робить Ал Юінґ у «Безсмертному Галці», теж повертаючись до витоків на межі горрору та трилеру. Така трансформація надвзичайно цікава, зважаючи на попередню схематичність, навіть деяку карикитурність персонажа. У контексті постмодерного ціннісного розмиття між добром і злом, внутрішня моральна боротьба героя виглядає вкрай актуальною. Зважаючи на це, Кейтс все ж показав себе як прекрасний драматург, перетворюючи марвелівський блокбастер на сімейну й соціальну трагедію. Звісно, цього нема в екранізації, але цілком може бути в перспективі. Інша річ, мені видались надто різними три арки, тому не може вважати усе це геніальним і недосяжним чтивом. Напевно, перша й остання арки найбільш потужні, хоча й зовсім протилежні за настроєм і темпом. Так чи так, усе це показує наскільки Кейтс уміло увібрав кращі риси ключових авторів сучасності: десь прочитується Гікман та Аарон, десь є нотки Леміра, а десь навіть старого Бендіса. Але найсуттєвіше те, що Кейтс якось зумів вималювати власний стиль, який важко спутати з іншими авторами. Це божевільна, зубодробильна й абсолютно самобутня стилістика на межі кислотного панку, бойовику та психодрами, за якими глибоко захована драма самотньої людини.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Matthew Quann

    It's been a real pleasure to catch up with the Marvel Universe in these 10-12 issue collections. I find it is just enough of a taste of the series to get invested in following an ongoing. Sometimes a single arc collection can be an interesting concept, but not yet fully fleshed out and that can lead to some person dissatisfaction. Luckily, Donny Cates' take on Venom is a welcome departure from the Flash Thompson-era symbiote web-slinger that establishes its premise and expands into a story I'll It's been a real pleasure to catch up with the Marvel Universe in these 10-12 issue collections. I find it is just enough of a taste of the series to get invested in following an ongoing. Sometimes a single arc collection can be an interesting concept, but not yet fully fleshed out and that can lead to some person dissatisfaction. Luckily, Donny Cates' take on Venom is a welcome departure from the Flash Thompson-era symbiote web-slinger that establishes its premise and expands into a story I'll be following the whole way through. Much like the Immortal Hulk , Venom takes a horror approach to an established character. Where Hulk dabbles in weird science gone wrong, Venom is more set in Lovecraftian-style horror. It's a take that works for me and sets up Knull, God of the Symbiotes, as a universal heavy-hitter with some unexpected ties to Marvel lore. Eddie Brock, the former-now-current host of the black goo, serves as a downtrodden anti-hero with a dark past. Having read Cates' Thanos and Cosmic Ghost Rider I had expected a more ludicrous take on Venom, but was pretty pleased with Cates' versatility here. Cates effectively frames Brock's relationship with his symbiote as a proxy for mental illness, which works quite well. Though the expansion of symbiote mythos and setup for grand conflict makes for the main draw of the book, the psychological dread ends up being a unique flavour in a familiar dish. Overall, very fun and I didn't even talk about the art! Rest assured that Ryan Stegman does a standup job with this one as he has all previous spider-related titles. I guess all that's to do now is to wait for the next instalment in Venom's cosmic-horror journey!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Relstuart

    Cates continues to create excellent stories. After loving his work on God Country with Image comics it is great to see him continue to create at a high level with established characters in the Marvel universe. I've never been a big fan of Venom but very interested in the sci-fi focused take on the character's history we are seeing develop here. Love these oversize hardcovers and will pick up the second volume when it is available.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Andrew

    Breathtakingly good. Up there with some of the best comic book stories in the history of comics. I read all twelve issues in one day, and even though this book edition won't be released until November, I had to rate this immediately. Complex at a human level, moving at the level of the fantastic, and just the first time in a long time I'm able to honestly label something a "must read."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Billy Jepma

    I’ve never been a fan of Venom. I’ve never gotten the craze around the character or even the concept the character grew out of. So when this new series launched and was quickly lauded across the board, I wasn’t convinced. Maybe it was ignorance, since I’ve never read many of Venom’s signature stories, but I didn’t believe a story about an angry, “grimdark” monster could be compelling. I’m glad I was wrong. The first story arc of this series didn’t hook me, but it was a proof of concept that I’ve never been a fan of Venom. I’ve never gotten the craze around the character or even the concept the character grew out of. So when this new series launched and was quickly lauded across the board, I wasn’t convinced. Maybe it was ignorance, since I’ve never read many of Venom’s signature stories, but I didn’t believe a story about an angry, “grimdark” monster could be compelling. I’m glad I was wrong. The first story arc of this series didn’t hook me, but it was a proof of concept that convinced me a “Venom” series could work for me. The art from Ryan Stegman was exceptional; a beautiful medley of brutal physicality, grotesque imagery, and compelling layouts. And Cates’ writing, while a bit heavy-handed for my tastes, was exciting enough that I was eager to go along for the ride. Those first six issues didn’t wow me, but I did enjoy them quite a bit. The story itself wasn’t that strong—an ancient evil comes back and wants to do evil stuff yadda yadda yadda—but the visual spectacle Stegman brought to it, and (parts of) the internal conflict Cates gave to Eddie were enough to get me to turn the pages. But I still wasn’t convinced the comic was as good as I had heard. Fun, definitely; but memorable? Not really. Until the next arc. Issues 7-12 are incredible. With the over-the-top stakes and spectacle out of the way—presumably to entice readers to stick around—Cates moves into a story that’s deeply psychological and genuinely unsettling. But not because Venom themselves are unsettling; because of the way Venom becomes a nuanced and unforgiving illustration of Eddie’s traumas, doubts, and failings. Artist Iban Coello guests on some of these issues, and I *loved* his work. He has a similar style to Stegman, so the shift wasn’t jarring, but it was different enough to offer a unique visual edge to the narrative. And when Stegman comes back, he kills it again. All five issues are stunning to look at, and effortlessly convey the emotional and physical horrors Eddie is experiencing. It’s fiercely compelling stuff, and I tore through it all so fast I was surprised when I ran out of pages. And I was even more surprised when I found myself wishing I had the next volume in front of me. This series has done the impossible and made me into a Venom fan. I’ll probably never *get* the hype around the character. But I’m thrilled by the work that Cates, Stegman, and co. are doing with this series and am rabid for more.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Casper

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I didn't really care for Venom before, but Cates and Stegman sure have made me care. I first listened to their podcast a couple weeks ago, and I had already read the first issue as some free promotion thing from Marvel, but I was reading so much else I didn't bother finding the rest of it. I'm almost glad I waited till I could hear the pure passion and joy this comic was made with through the podcast. It's gruesome, it's personal, it's so good! Knull is an incredible addition to the Marvel cosmic I didn't really care for Venom before, but Cates and Stegman sure have made me care. I first listened to their podcast a couple weeks ago, and I had already read the first issue as some free promotion thing from Marvel, but I was reading so much else I didn't bother finding the rest of it. I'm almost glad I waited till I could hear the pure passion and joy this comic was made with through the podcast. It's gruesome, it's personal, it's so good! Knull is an incredible addition to the Marvel cosmic beings and I'm a strong supporter of making Venom his own thing, instead of a Spider-Man villain. This book is trying and succedding in doing exactly that. I highly recommend is book, if for nothing else for the symbiote dragon.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Seaton

    Well that was intense. Donny Cates has the magic touch. I’ve yet to read one of his books that didn’t completely engross me in the characters. Particularly the way he builds on the characters through others in Marvel history. There are some great tieins with recent stories that add a ton of complexity to the continuing saga of Eddie Brock. And Stegman is the perfect compliment to his writing for Venom. A master class through and through.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    One of the best venom books I’ve read. I love the added mythos into the symbiotes and how intriguing Cates makes it. I also love Eddie venom in this, usually he is my least favorite venom.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ronny Trøjborg

    3,5 * - sidste halvdel gjorde det noget bedre end første halvdel.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mr Sharp

  12. 4 out of 5

    Garrett price

  13. 5 out of 5

    Camden Joiner

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kieran Westphal

  15. 5 out of 5

    Roger Stephen

  16. 5 out of 5

    JJ

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Corcoran

  18. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Barajas

  19. 5 out of 5

    Reece

  20. 5 out of 5

    JanskiT

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Belanger-taylor

  22. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

  23. 5 out of 5

    T.N Kazo

  24. 4 out of 5

    Bornfirst

  25. 5 out of 5

    Marcus Turner

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brendan Wright

  27. 4 out of 5

    Germane

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jesse

  29. 5 out of 5

    J.P. Behrens

  30. 4 out of 5

    Peter Parker

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