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Venom: Lethal Protector [Paperback]

David Michelinie , Mark Bagley
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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: MARVEL - US (2 Nov 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785158472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785158479
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.8 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 428,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Venom - alien symbiote and defender of the innocent! When Eddie Brock heads West, there's no shortage of enemies waiting to test his resolve - including the Jury! Plus: Spider-Man meets Venom's father! And Venom gives birth to a whole new horde of sinister symbiotes! It's the original Venom in his first - and deadliest - solo series! Collecting VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR #1-6.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
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It's great that Venom, Spidey's toughest enemy, finally got his own series, but it's too bad he had to become a sort-of good guy (anti-hero, to be exact) in order to do it. Why can't bad guys get their own series? Venom: Lethal Protector was only a six-issue series, but it was quickly followed up by more Venom comics based on its success with the fans. Lethal Protector is a good story, but it does have its share of weaknesses (including a terribly contrived little cliff-hanger at the end of issue one) - and, frankly, there's just too much Spider-Man in its pages. Half the time, this feels more like a Spidey comic than a Venom comic.
Let me take a moment to set the stage for this story. Once upon a time, Spider-Man donned a super-cool black costume, one that turned out to be an alien symbiote that wanted to bond with his body permanently. Spidey used one of the two things the alien is vulnerable to - sound - to free himself from its clutches. Along came Eddie Brock, a formerly successful reporter who blames his downfall on Spider-Man. He and the alien costume are a natural combination, and so Venom was born. Venom and Spidey fought many times, but in Amazing Spider-Man #375, Venom called for a truce after Spidey saved the life of his (Brock's) ex-wife. Venom would not come after Spidey, and Spidey agreed to stay away from Venom. As Venom: Lethal Protector opens, Venom has found his way to San Francisco. There, he encounters a group of homeless people living in a part of the city that sank after the 1906 earthquake. Despite having helped them keep their secret, he is denied the home he so desperately longs for with them. Meanwhile, nosy Spider-Man sees Venom seemingly up to his old tricks and heads out to San Fran to check up on him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must buy. 21 July 2014
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What can I say. If u love venom and spidey. U will love it!!!
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"Venom:Lethal Protector" was awesome.It is a must
read for comic lovers and Venom fans.It introduces
four new symbiotes:Riot,Lasher,Hybrid,and Scream.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Venom is the best! 23 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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There you have it, Venom trying to survive in the big city of San Francisco and at the same time try to save and underground city from peril.Venom faces other symbiotes and their hosts like "Blacklash" "Lasher" and many more. While on top of that Spider Man is there to keep him in line but Spider Man also works with Venom
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Marvel finally gives Venom a (limited) series of his own 8 Feb 2006
By Daniel Jolley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
It's great that Venom, Spidey's toughest enemy, finally got his own series, but it's too bad he had to become a sort-of good guy (anti-hero, to be exact) in order to do it. Why can't bad guys get their own series? Venom: Lethal Protector was only a six-issue series, but it was quickly followed up by more Venom comics based on its success with the fans. Lethal Protector is a good story, but it does have its share of weaknesses (including a terribly contrived little cliff-hanger at the end of issue one) - and, frankly, there's just too much Spider-Man in its pages. Half the time, this feels more like a Spidey comic than a Venom comic.

Let me take a moment to set the stage for this story. Once upon a time, Spider-Man donned a super-cool black costume, one that turned out to be an alien symbiote that wanted to bond with his body permanently. Spidey used one of the two things the alien is vulnerable to - sound - to free himself from its clutches. Along came Eddie Brock, a formerly successful reporter who blames his downfall on Spider-Man. He and the alien costume are a natural combination, and so Venom was born. Venom and Spidey fought many times, but in Amazing Spider-Man #375, Venom called for a truce after Spidey saved the life of his (Brock's) ex-wife. Venom would not come after Spidey, and Spidey agreed to stay away from Venom. As Venom: Lethal Protector opens, Venom has found his way to San Francisco. There, he encounters a group of homeless people living in a part of the city that sank after the 1906 earthquake. Despite having helped them keep their secret, he is denied the home he so desperately longs for with them. Meanwhile, nosy Spider-Man sees Venom seemingly up to his old tricks and heads out to San Fran to check up on him. He's not the only guy hunting Brock/Venom, however. Enter The Jury, but they're not all that important in the scheme of things. What is important is the fact that Venom finds himself captured by a madman using his costume's unique symbiotic nature to manufacture a whole quintet of new alien symbiotes for her personal use. Why, you ask? Not for world domination. He just wants to find the secret city underneath San Francisco and the cache of gold supposedly hidden there. That's a whole lot of work for such a simple goal.

Reading this series, I thought it was pretty good. The more you think about it, though, the more flaws you start to notice. For one thing, Brock/Venom gets pretty well emasculated in these pages - his father never loved him, he didn't mean to kill those innocents and he's very sorry about it all, etc. This isn't the Venom Marvel fans knew and loved. And how unbelievable is the concept that part of 1906 San Francisco remained intact and full of wide open spaces underneath the ground after the big earthquake? And how does Spidey magically find Venom so easily all the time? His Spider-sense doesn't even work with Venom. And I can't say enough about how hokey the issue one cliffhanger was. Despite all this, though, Venom is still an intriguing character, and - fortunately for us - protecting innocents doesn't necessarily preclude the option of ripping his enemies apart.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Is making Venom an anti-hero wise ? 13 Oct 2001
By Ron Tothleben (tothleben@hotmail.com) - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the first miniseries in which Venom appears where he is the main character, instead of Spiderman. It's one of the first steps in which Marvel tried to turn Eddy Brock a.k.a. as Venom from a villain into an antihero. A project that failed and made one of Spidermans formerly most popular villains into the vague second-stringer he is today. This story in itself is fairly enjoyable still, although it's nothing groundshattering.
A short while before the events that take place in this trade (it collects the 6-part mini) Venom and Spiderman made a deal. They both swore to leave the other alone as long as both didn't interfere with the other. AND as long as Venom would stay on the right side of the law. The tv-news tells Peter Parker otherwise now. Venom moved to L.A. and found out about an underground place a group of people made into their little mini-society, hidden from the world. Eddy thinks he can become happy there and tries to find a way to make these people want him in their group.
Meanwhile the father of one of his former victims is looking for him with his self-formed taskforce to take his revenge. And at the time Spidey arrives there seem to be five more symbiote-wearing people.
Like I said, this Venom story is fairly enjoyable (unlike most other solo Venom books) but it isn't great. The fact that the story is illustrated by multiple artists wasn't the best of choices, and the story has too many sub-plots. It seems like it can't decide which is the most important one. In the end it all comes together rather standard. For fans of the character Venom there's some nice stuff in here though. It's nice to see other people wearing Venom offsprings (like Carnage), only I feel the potential was greater than the eventual results. If you're a fan of the character Venom you could get it (it IS more Venom stuff before he was made into a travesty), otherwise stay away from this.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Still a good time. 26 Jun 2012
By NDX - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have all 6 issues of this book, bought them when they came out (along with several other Venom minis that followed). The debut of Carnage arc was what introduced me to Venom, and his story in Amazing Spider-Man #374 & #375 made me a fan at the time. And this minis was just a great read back then.

I thought, when I found out this book was being collected and released as it is here, it was not going to be as good as it was back then for me. Color me surprised, because it is. I found the book hard to put down, it being a mix of a fun story and extreme nostalgia. If you are new to Venom, this is not the book for you to start off with. But if you are familiar with him, I'd suggest picking this up as well a Spider-Man: Vengeance of Venom. They flow into one another. Oh, and I'd suggest Maximum Carnage as well.

Now, when will those other minis finally get collected?! I'm alone in this sentiment, aren't I?
4.0 out of 5 stars "WE HATE CRITICS" 23 April 2002
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This is one of the best stories i have read. True, there were quite a few sub-plots,but, the overall adventure is great. I love VENOM!!! His strength and agresivness make him the ultimate vigilante. He has a swift hand for capital punishment while also retainig a basic regard for inocent human life. Spiderman is my altime favorite, but sometimes i wish he would just let loose.Long live VENOM!
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