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Venom: First Host #1 cover by Mark Bagley, Andrew Hennessy, and Dono Sanchez-Almara

Venom: First Host #1 Advance Review – Fleshing Out Venom's History

We travel back to when the Venom symbiote was first discovered and taken from its planet. Later, we find its first host caught in a war between two alien species (not spoiling who here). Finally, we return to the present, where Venom as Eddie Brock is stopping a robbery. He then returns to Alchemax to […]

Venom #165 cover by Ryan Stegman and Morry Hollowell

Venom #165 Review: I Wanna See a Recreation of this Nativity Scene

Venom has been taken Dixon and her task force. They want to handle the symbiote's upcoming offspring, and they've enlisted the Scorpion to help them do it. Thankfully, Spider Woman is here to save the day, and she and Venom are intent on keeping the likes of the Scorpion away from the symbiote and its […]


Venom #164 cover by Ryan Stegman and Morry Hollowell

Venom #164 Review: What's Eating Eddie Brock?

Eddie Brock is waking up nauseas from intense nightmares that seem connected to the Venom symbiote. Things complicate when the symbiote gets flighty and abandons Eddie during a fight with the Shocker. Finally, Claire Dixon pops up alive and well, and she and her men try to capture Venom. Venom #164 plays off like something […]

Venom #161 cover by Javier Rodriguez and Alvaro Lopez

Venom #161 Review: A Nice One-Off Before the Next Crossover

Venom is cured. His tangle with Flash Thompson has brought the creeping madness in the symbiote under control, and he goes to celebrate by bringing in the Looter. Unfortunately, Spider Woman was watching, and she still thinks that Venom is a monster. This leads to another fight with a Spider-person for Eddie. This issue kind […]

Venom Inc. Omega Cover by Ryan Stegman and Brian Reber

Venom Inc. Omega Review: Symbiotezilla Attacks New York

The day appears to be won, but Lee Price isn't down yet. The remnants of the people he infected as Maniac return to him, turning him into a giant Symbiote monster in the image of Venom. Spider-Man, Anti-Venom, Black Cat, Venom, and Mania still have a fight on their hands. Like the last issue of […]

Venom #160 cover by Gerardo Sandoval and David Curiel

Venom #160 Review: Dumb but Fun Symbiote Extravaganza

Venom, Anti-Venom, Mania, Black Cat, and the Amazing Spider-Man are gearing up for an assault on the meeting place of the Five Families, which has just been taken over by Lee Price, aka Maniac, and his symbiote-infested hordes. It's up to these five to free the victims and bring Maniac down. You know what? If […]

Amazing Spider-Man #793 cover by Alex Ross

Amazing Spider-Man #793 Review: Abysmal Dialogue and Humorless Jokes

Spider-Man has been infected by Maniac's symbiote and is on a crime spree across New York. This has all been designed to draw out the Black Cat, whom has gone to ground. Agent Anti-Venom is the only one who can save Spider-Man from the symbiote. Elsewhere, Black Cat has surfaced alongside Eddie Brock, who has […]

Top Marvel Comics of 2017 #5: Venom #156 by Mike Costa and Mark Bagley

So, VICE said they couldn't find 10 comics to put on their list for 2017. I get that 2017 has been a bit of a crap PR year for comics, especially the Big Two, but that is extremely reductive and disingenuous. There are plenty of talented creators who have done some phenomenal work this year […]

Venom #159 cover by Gerardo Sandoval and David Curiel

Venom #159 Review: Best Issue of Venom Inc. So Far

*Ties into the Venom Inc. Crossover Spider-Man (Peter Parker) and the new Anti-Venom (Flash Thompson) are pitted against the symbiote hordes of Maniac, aka former-Venom Lee Price. Elsewhere, Eddie Brock begins his search for his other half through the streets of New York. This is undoubtedly the best issue of the Venom Inc. crossover thus […]

Venom #158 art by Mark Bagley, John Dell, and John Rauch

Venom #158 Review: Not As Much Action As You'd Think

Kraven is slaughtering the underground dinosaur people whom Venom swore to protect. Eddie himself is stuck underneath the portion of street brought down by Shriek's attack. With his symbiote going feral, Venom is running low on time and options. Can he escape and stop Kraven's bloody rampage? Eddie finds himself reminiscing on old times thanks […]

Venom #157 cover by Mark Bagley, John Dell, and John Rauch

Venom #157 Review: The War Of Hunters Continues

Mayor Wilson Fisk has verified the existence of the dinosaur people beneath New York City, and he has charged Kraven the Hunter with putting them down. Kraven is now officially sanctioned to hunt in the catacombs, but Venom is still determined to stop him. Kraven has warned the city of Venom's presence. Unfortunately, the symbiote's […]

Venom #156 Review: Venom Versus Kraven The Hunter; Fight!

Kraven the Hunter is back in town, and the underground dinosaur colony that's heralded Venom as their savior is in his crosshairs. He badly wounded one dinosaur woman, and she goes to Eddie for help, which Kraven did not expect. Eddie goes to investigate, and this leads to an epic battle between Venom, the Lethal […]


Venom #154 Review: Life Through Flat Eyes

Let's travel back in time to before Venom #155 to Venom #154, which hit store shelves this past week. Alright, we are back in time. Boy, I hope Marvel: Legacy is good, and Mark Bagley returning to do the art for Venom has me full of excitement! Oh no! We went too far back! There are […]

Marvel Legacy – Venom #155 Review: Bagley And Brains

Venom becomes the Lethal Protector once again! Trying to start again in New York and being the "savior" of a race of underground dinosaur people have put Eddie Brock in an awkward position of responsibility and restraint. Is he going to be able to continue his course of vigilantism, or is he just delaying the […]


Venom #152 Review: A Fun Diversion From Secret Empire's Dreariness

Having discovered an underground kingdom of dinosaur people led by Stegron, the Dinosaur Man, Venom is put against the wall struggling against the hordes of dinosaur-human hybrids created by the creature. Luckily, he gets a little help from a source you've probably guessed at already. When Eddie returns to Alchemax after the first battle, he […]


God Is Dead Volume 1 – 24 Trades Of Christmas

We're down to the last three trades of Christmas and I'm turning now to a somewhat ironic choice, God is Dead. Now, first I have to point out that Avatar Press is the parent company of Bleeding Cool, so yes I work for them… and that the reason I initially read the series was because […]