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Venom, Vol. 1: Rex

(Venom (2018) (Collected Editions) #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  696 ratings  ·  119 reviews
An ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York. With it, something equally evil has been awakened in that most wicked of web-slingers: Venom! The symbiote may still be a Lethal Protector of innocents in New York, but this never-before-seen threat could possibly force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear — including its human host, ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published December 4th 2018 by Marvel
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Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comix
This is what happens when a semi-entertaining film based on a comic book makes some dough. Go back to the original comic book source and like a picture copied with Silly Putty, the original Venom concept gets stretched and pulled until it no longer resembles its original premise. Which is okay, these comic book characters and such aren’t carved in stone – there’s plenty of room for growth and nuance. With that said, I give you the Venom symbiote God.

Remember when Venom/Eddie Brock was pretty much d
Sam Quixote
Feb 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Eddie Brock’s having some trouble with the Symbiote again. I know, jesus, every fucking Venom story is the Symbiote tussling with its host, whether it’s Eddie Brock, Flash Thompson, yo’ momma’s fat ass whoever! Venom turns to a Vietnam vet called Rex for help and the secret history of the Symbiotes is revealed as a new big bad appears to fight Denim. Ah, Eminem - remember when he was cool? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, check out his song for the Venom movie.

Rrrrrrubbish! The story isn’
James DeSantis
Dec 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Anytime I see Cates name on a title I get super excited. However, after reading Death of Inhumans last, I lowered my expectations. Luckily with Venom, both Cates and Stegman are on top of their game with an exciting first entry into the world of Venom.

Venom has been back with Eddie for awhile now. After the events of Space Knight Venom the symbiote fused back with Eddie and left Flash Thompson. We had a pretty atrocious run with Eddie and Venom for the two years and so I was hoping Donny could
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
I was excited when I heard Donny Cates was taking over Venom. I thought maybe he can actually make Venom interesting. Unfortunately, I didn't care for his take at all. I was fine with the horror approach. Ryan Stegman and Frank Martin do a balls out job of making the book look creepy. There are a lot of Todd McFarlane and Greg Capullo influences to my eye. This story, however, was convoluted, half-baked and just flat out uninteresting. Eddie is having problems coexisting with his symbiote, which ...more
Maybe 3.5. I'm not totally sure how I feel about this one quite yet...

I never liked Agent Venom at all, so I was glad when they brought back the original Venom.

Much like the new Hulk book, they went for a more horror-inspired feel for this run. Alien gods, symbotes speaking in weird tongues, and Venom getting all sorts of wicked red tribal patterns on him when he goes berserk are some of the fun elements here. The art is also pretty good, although Eddie looks a little cartoony now and then wit
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Hell yeah, this is a perfect relaunch for Venom, Donny Cates finally does the character justice. After countless cancelled series (some good, others not really), the crapfest that was Venomverse and that totally forgettable movie adaptation, I was a bit apprehensive to pick this up, to say the least, but it was totally worth it, by far the best Venom i've read so far. It made me care for Eddie Brock again, there's so much depth to his relationship with the symbiote, and the retconning is so nice ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel
I’m not the biggest Venom fan but this was pretty good, and I liked how it tied in - even if it was somewhat tangentially- to Jason Aaron’s Thor run.

Jheeze, tone it down Eddie, looks like you're overcompensating again...

(view spoiler) ...more
L. McCoy
So... yeah. The story is kinda stupid and I don’t give a shit about these characters. The art is hit or miss. However, the action is exciting throughout, there’s a well done horror element and it is a bit more suspenseful than expected.
I ain’t with the crowd that hates this book but I ain’t with that group that think this is a masterpiece in comics.
I know how stupid this comic is but I enjoyed it so I think 3 stars is the correct rating.

Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel
Fantastic artwork and a really good story, too. Recommended.
GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhero, marvel
So, I'm not really much of a Venom fan. I mean, I don't hate on the character or anything, he's just not a character I have ever actively followed before.

I'll tell ya what though...this Donny Cates guy? The dude can write a damn fine comic so you bet your biscuits I checked it out! And I'm glad I did too; cuz I really, really, dug it.

Was it over the top and bonkers? Um...yeah. It's a Donny Cates story.

But that's what I loved about it. It didn't hurt that that
Sep 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics, marvel
A mindless, clunky, barely entertaining action romp from one of Marvel's most overrated writers of the decade. The only fun thing about this Venom relaunch is Ryan Stegman's fantastic imaginative artwork. Otherwise, an absolute snoozer of a book.
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was really good. I came to this volume after seeing it on a number of "best of 2018" lists and was not disappointed. Cates really doubles down on the horrific aspects of Venom and the symbiotes and the introduction of symbiote "god" Knull is pretty exciting. Great art from Ryan Stegman throughout. I'll be interested to see where this goes from here.
Chris Lemmerman
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
[Read as single issues]

For the first time in a long time, Eddie Brock can take a breather. He and his Other aren’t involved in any wars, or superhero battles, or dealing with any intergalactic symbiote spawn. All is quiet. At least, until an enormous symbiote dragon appears in the skies above New York and everything Eddie thought he knew about the symbiote is turned upside down as ancient Klyntar history quite literally rears its head and the God Of Symbiotes threatens to tear Venom
Rory Wilding
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
During my childhood years when I used to watch Spider-Man: The Animated Series in the 90s, Venom was my favourite character in the web-slinger's rogues gallery as he represents the antithesis of Spidey, as well as one of the few villains who made it personal for the hero. As I got older, I've lost interest in the villain who not only can’t seem to escape his 90s sensibility, but the glorification of Venom as an anti-hero became problematic, so much so that when he got his solo movie last year, the pro ...more
Aaron Wiener
Nov 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: marvel-comics

Wow. Wow. Wow!!!!!


There are no words.

This is fucking perfect.

I immediately want to read this again. I’ve been collecting the single issues and haven’t gotten around to reading them. When I saw that the first 6 had already been compiled, I was like “ehhh what the fuck why not.” I bought this collection, took it home and got started.

Needless to say, I will be avidly reading monthly from here on out!

Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Donny cates has been writing so much recently and has been gaining a lot of popularity recently and after reading this and thanks wind I think he deserves the love.

Rex - the god of symbiotes comes to earth and all the symbiotes start acting up including Eddie Brock’s who has to team up with a war veteran and miles morales Spider-Man to beat the villain

My thoughts - it took me a while to get into this since the first couple of issues were really boring and I just couldn’t
Nov 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was really good. Venom/Brock have to deal with a god of symbiotes. There was something holding this back from a 5, not sure what though.
Steve Chaput
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I actually read this as individual issues but having just finished #6 I wanted to chime in. Donny Cates is one of my current favorite comics writers. From creator owned books like the great vampire title Redneck to ones like Venom, Cates nails it. His characters and his flair for horror really bring you into his stories.

When the God of the Symbiotes comes to Earth to retrieve the parts of himself trapped here, Eddie and Venom find themselves caught in a battle to save themselves and
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
content warnings: gore, violence, death

I'm bumping this up to a four purely because of how insane that ending was. The best way to describe this comic (which is literally just a cash grab because the movie's coming out) is fuckin' wild. Things don't always make sense, but you don't really care because there's a bunch of weird Symbiote x Eddie stuff going on. (view spoiler) Plus the g
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
I have no venom stories to compare this to because this is the first I’ve read.

With that said, this was just good. Not great, but good.

The artwork is by far the best thing about this. I just wish the story shot as high as the art.

If you’re into venom, you can’t go wrong here though.
Adam Fisher
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Venom symbiote is acting up. On occasion, when Eddie uses Venom, it falls into a much more primal state, even changing it's appearance. What could be wrong with it?
When a man named Rex comes calling, he appears to have his own symbiote and wants to help Eddie figure out what is going on. He sends Venom on a mission to save some other symbiotes who have been similarly affected. After the battle, the strange message they keep saying is translated: God is coming. And "God" arrives, in the form
Jan 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I've had a distaste for Venom since Erik Larson first wrote and drew him way back on Amazing Spider-Man: the long, slimy tongue, the non-sensical need to eat brains, the exaggerated physical bulk. None of that appealed to me.

In the last few years there have been attempts at truly making Venom an anti-hero as well as give the symbiote an origin. Cates' run pulls all of that together, rewriting some of it and focuses initially on the duality of having a second being living inside of you, much lik
Cyan The Clockwork Fangirl
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this for our book club and I really enjoyed it!!

The art was great, the storyline was, my goodness, so freaking good, and I really enjoyed the creepy factor that comes with Venom. I WAS NOT expecting that ending. It hit my feels, man.

This gets five stars because that's just how good I think it was. After reading this, I can really understand the love for all things Venom and it's really well-deserved.

I must say that I really love that it had all the issues for this
Jul 11, 2019 marked it as comic-tbr
"Everything it holds dear — including its human host, Eddie Brock!" oh yeah I'm gonna love this.
Ryan Madman Reads & Rocks
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! One of the best graphic novels I've read! It's action packed but the story is also so well written that it made me seriously ponder about the beginnings of the universe. Venom is now my favorite Marvel villain/anti-hero! 👍😎👍
Stef Morales
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A page turner & Begs for more questions.
Enjoyed the story and the imagery.
Alex Sarll
There's an online running joke about Donny Cates' and Ryan Stegman's new Venom series being better than Watchmen, which I don't really get, though Glycon bless Alan Moore for being happy to play along. Just so we're clear, not only is this not better than Watchmen, it's not even the best current Marvel series retooling a familiar antihero by picking up on his horror story potential*. It's still pretty good, mind, picking up on the Venom symbiote's resemblance to some kind of horrible Lovecraftia ...more
Drown Hollum
May 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is wild, and actually pretty good! I love that this book echoes the Spider-Man parallels so clearly, while establishing itsself as a distinctly darker Venom story. Things get off the rails wild quick, and what could have been a groan-worthy retcon turns out to be a surprisingly cohesive and meaningful extension to the Venom mythology. There's some really cool stuff going on and Knull is a wonderfully mysterious addition to the Marvel U. I don't know how much staying power these big ideas ha ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is way smarter than a Venom comic has any right to be.

It basically feels like a smarter "Spawn" comic mixed with a bit of "Haunt". I like idea of an eternal God of the Symbiotes as a primordial force.

It adds gravitas, generation and totem to the character.
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