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Venom #23

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 4 critic ratings.


Toxin is the offspring of the most dangerous symbiote in the history of the Marvel Universe: CARNAGE. But while Carnage and Cletus Kasady are separated and both devising machinations and plans of cosmic bloodshed and conquest, what has its progeny been doing? And will Dylan Brock or the Venom symbiote survive when they come face to face with this latest terrifying Toxin?!

PLUS: Toxin isn’t the only symbiote in this story who’s unlike anything you’ve ever seen! The symbiote family is about to grow a little larger… and what’s coming will change the continuing saga of the symbiotes FOREVER!

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
23 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 96

    Spider Man Crawlspace

    Marvel has always been excellent at creating new heroes, paving the way for the next generation of superstars. The company also has quite the knack for creating fresh, new and loveable friendships that can definitely grow into long-term partnerships in the future. I am sold on this dynamic duo of Venom and Toxin, and I surely want to see more of their adventures together. I know it can be a bit jarring seeing such youthful, tiny bare heads on top of very large and muscular bodies, thanks to their symbiotes, but that doesn’t change the fact that these two boys are still very young, impressionable, and vulnerable. It will be very satisfying to see them mature and grow into their roles as the next generation of world-saving symbiote soldiers.

  • 80

    Comic Watch

    Venom #23 is a straightforward old-school team-up that unites to of the youngest symbiote hosts in the Marvel universe, setting up a brand new mystery and giving Dylan Brock an opportunity to grow as a character.

  • 70

    Perhaps a more traditional-style Venom story, with fringes of Todd McFarlane all over it, is something that some readers will be eager to get their hands on, but not at the expensive of an interruption to Al Ewing’s larger sci-fi run on Venom. Writer Torunn Grønbekk pens the new issue which is fine but feels out of place when set up next to the issues that preceded it. Marvel credits Ken Lashley and Ramón F. Bachs with artistic duties and the visual flair they bring to the issue is its best feature. A clear love for the look and feel of Venom and the world he inhabits is on display, with a special shout out to colorist Frank D’Armata for adding another layer of depth to it all.

  • 65


    ‘Venom’ continues to be an oddly paced book, but there are some solid character moments and action here. The hints toward Grønbekk’s upcoming run on the book are very exciting and feel appropriately moody.

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