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Venom: Lethal Protector Paperback – November 2, 2011
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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?
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.
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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It was nice to see where he came from, but man was 90s writing hit or miss...and in this case....miss.Published 7 months ago by Patrick Harden
Ok so i bought this item cause i thought it was a double comic package the venom lethal protector #1 with a black background color, and venom lethal protector #5. Read morePublished on October 1, 2012 by DB
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. Read morePublished on February 7, 2006 by Daniel Jolley