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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (4 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785156771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785156772
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 0.6 x 26 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Paul McNamee TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2013
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Venom by Rick Remender collects the first five issues of the 2011 relaunch of Venom, which presents a new host for the alien symbiote first introduced in Secret Wars and a completely new set of circumstances for it to function in. Art is mostly by The Walking Dead's Tony Moore. Before I get into the book's content, I'd like to throw a little context your way, if I may.

Flash Thompson, and I truly mean this, is one of Stan Lee's greatest creations. Spider-Man's success is often attributed to the prominence in those early stories of the problems in his personal life - couldn't get a date: had too many dates and his girls got angry. Couldn't make any money: made money selling pictures to a man who used them to sully his public image. Struggles to find a true friend; true friend's father frequently tries to kill him and winds up throwing his girlfriend off a bridge. For every concern that would run its way across the foreheads of everyday teens, Stan would find a way to intensify and double it to torment the young hero. One of the most satisfying of all of Peter's interactions with his supporting cast, if not THE most satisfying, is the extent of his relationship with Flash Thompson, big man on campus. A bully and a jock, Flash was the antithesis of Peter Parker and made it his day's mission just about every day to make Pete's time at Midtown High unbearable, all the while singing the praises of his hero and idol, Spider-Man.

I can't get enough of that. As good as it was having Flash deride and admire different sides of the same person, when the two later found a mutual respect it deepened their unrecognized bond.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Mice Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 3 Oct. 2013
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This is an entertaining story but nothing special. It runs through issues #1-5 of the 2011 venom series, collected as Venom By Rick Remender Vol. 1. The action side of the story is handled well enough, with a high body-count and plenty of mayhem: a mad scientist is field-testing a vibranium-based weapon in an `eastern European' country in an ethnic-cleansing situation. Venom is sent in to retrieve him so that the USA can get his knowledge. Jack o' Lantern is on hand to do the very same thing, and he's working for the mysterious figure who is supplying the Vibranium. Venom has to make one of those `judgement of Solomon' decisions to resolve the conflict. He is then dropped into the Savage Land to destroy the Vibranium mine, only to run in to Kraven the Hunter. He then manages to hijack the final shipment of Vibranium and return it to New York (in a helicopter, from Antarctica), only to find that the mysterious villain has solved the secret of his identity and kidnapped Betty Brant to trade for the Vibranium. Throw in Peter Parker and Spider-Man, as well as Jack o'Lantern looking for revenge for having his face blown off back in their first encounter, and you have an explosive finale. The fifth issue stars the Human Fly for the action side of things, and Flash's father, who has fallen off the wagon, for the character-development side of the story. Now, it is not the current team's fault that Flash was established as a `recovering' alcoholic, but it does seem to be far too fashionable in American fiction for people to be so endowed; and Flash does make to much use of the catch phrase `hail Mary play' - I assume it is a reference to his (American) footballing days; but as I said above, it is an entertaining enough story, and I shall look for the subsequent volumes in my local library.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J Brackell on 24 July 2012
Format: Hardcover
Venom has always been a tricky character for writers to make sense of. He was a big hit with the fans, so there was an editorial push to change him from a true villain into an anti-hero. Unfortunately, this did cause some inconsistencies with how he was portrayed in the books, ranging from full-out psychopath to a twisted reflection of Spider-Man himself. With this new volume, write Rick Remender hit upon a brilliant approach to the Venom character - by keeping the symbiote away from Eddie Brock and setting up a new host in existing Spider-Man supporting character, Flash Thompson.

Flash had recently suffered a crippling injury in the Army, losing both of his legs. Frustrated by his disability and full of yearning to return to his days of being a hero, he accepts the job offer by a shadowy government agency to don the symbiote to become: Agent Venom. The government are under the belief that they can 'control' the symbiote's more destructive elements allowing Flash to remain in control and perform top secret government missions for them. Unfortunately, they over-estimate their abilities and it becomes quickly apparent that Flash is continually struggling for dominance over the symbiotic mind controlling his body. This is a wonderful twist and seems far more realistic than the previous attempts of making Venom into a flawed hero, because we have a true hero being poisoned by the corrupt nature of his symbiotic suit. Add to this the fact that he happens to be one of Spider-Man's oldest friends, then we have much more dramatic tension than ever before!

This graphic novel collects the first five issues of the ongoing series, which is largely stand-alone tales which tie in with an over-arching theme of Flash getting to grips with his new abilities and the curse that comes with it.
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