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on 22 December 2013
The stories from issues #23-25 and #28-30 of the 2011 Venom series are collected as Venom: Devil's Pack. The `missing' issues are collected as part of the Minimum Carnage storyline.

These are both action-packed adventures, with good scripting and artwork. There is some character development also, as Flash Thompson tries to move on in his civilian life. The first story is a much more overtly supernatural one, as Venom comes into conflict with Daimon Hellstrom, only to discover that as a result of an earlier adventure, he is himself now endowed with a bit of supernatural power... He also discovers that there is something brewing in the Underworld that will no doubt infect a later story, as well as recruiting a new supporting character, reporter Katy Kiernan of the Daily Inquisitor. The second story, set after the Minimum Carnage storyline, involves a group of unpleasant villains called U-Foes, who have set up home in Philadelphia and are carrying out experiments with advanced technology on unwilling locals. Venom is assisted by new not-girlfriend the Valkyrie in this escapade.

The nature of the powered characters does mean that the visuals do tend more to the horror than the pure superheroic end of the artistic spectrum, and so may appeal to horror-comic fans as much as superhero ones. I enjoyed it, but didn't feel as invested in the story as I would have with more established favourites. However, I did go on to read the next couple of volumes straight afterwards...
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