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Artist Mark Bagley makes his DC debut on this series after spending over 20 years at Marvel Comics illustrating titles such as Ultimate Spider-Man, Amazing Spider-Man and New Warriors.
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Product Details

  • Series: Venom
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (November 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785158472
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785158479
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,735 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on August 23, 1998
Format: Paperback
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
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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?
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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.
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Venom stars in his own mini-series! After taking an oath to not take another life after Spider-Man saved his ex-wife, Eddie Brock decided San Francisco would be a good place to get away and live his own life. However, shortly after arriving in the town, he's immediately recognized by the local authorities and the eye of Roland Treece; a man bent on destroying an underground homeless community in his quest to find gold! Treece deploys his own taskforce called the Jury to stop Venom from ruining his plans and Venom aims to protect the innocents of San Fran all while Spider-Man hunts him down. However, upon learning Venom's aim to protect and not kill, Spider-Man teams up with him to combat a new batch of symbiotic killers that spawned from the Venom suit!

So, this six-issue series is collected in one trade paperback along with the original covers of each issue and the gold foil variant of number one. The final page also has the cover to the original TPB as well as a bonus. So, not a whole lot in extras but the story's where it counts, right? Well, the new Brock, mullet and all, has decided he's past killing and aims to basically follow in the footsteps of the man he's spent a good portion of his life trying to kill. If that isn't dumb enough, having Venom spew lines like "Your joy is reward enough and sends me leaping happily on my way!" just makes you want to vomit. The art's typical 90s muscular stuff but not bad but the dialogue and story are just terrible. I expected more out of Venom's first solo adventure and all I got was a wussy Venom I don't like and having Spider-Man gasp at all the nice, wonderful things Venom is doing all throughout the comic. If you can, avoid this one unless you're a diehard Venom fan.
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First and foremost I always wanted Venom, since the beginning to be and anti hero, I know , I know, some V-fans hate that but that is why we are different and have different opinions about what we like and dont like. This was a strong Anti Hero debute for V-man(Venom), he was kicking butt and taking names however as much as I like Spiderman he was kind of a a-hole in this book taking forever to figure out that for once Venom was telling the truth about saving people lives, and why the hell did he come all the way from New-York to san Francisco, CA and left that sexy Red head all by herself didn't V-man and him already reach an agreement stay away from me I'll stay away from you. Spiderman wake the hell up you can't save everybody and don't you have enough problems in New York anyway. Venom Lethal Protector was a good read for any Venom fan who love the anti hero genre.
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