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Venom, Vol. 1 Hardcover – October 5, 2011

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About the Author

Rick Remender is the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Sea of Red, Sorrow, Night Mary, XXXombies and Doll and Creature. He is also the writer of Marvel's X-Force, Punisher and Doctor Voodoo.
Outside of comics he has served as a writer on the Electronic Arts hit game Dead Space and is currently lead writer on EA/EPIC/PCF's Bulletstorm game. Prior to this, Remender served as an animator on films such as The Iron Giant, Anastasia, Titan A.E., and Rocky and Bullwinkle.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (October 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785158111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785158110
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #739,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Remender is the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, Black Science, Deadly Class, LOW, Strange Girl, Last Days of American Crime, and Tokyo Ghost. He also served as writer of Marvel's Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force, Punisher, and Venom.

Outside of comics he has served as lead writer on EA/EPIC/PCF's Bulletstorm game and was a writer on the Electronic Arts hit game Dead Space . Prior to this, Remender served as an animator assistant on films such as The Iron Giant, Anastasia, Titan A.E., and Rocky and Bullwinkle.

During his time wrist grinding as an artist Rick penciled books such as The Last Christmas, Bruce Campbell's Man with the Screaming Brain and numerous issues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while also inking books such as The Avengers and The Terminator . He has provided album covers and art for bands such as NOFX, 3 Inches of Blood, Lagwagon and No Use for a Name.

He taught storyboarding, animation and comic art at San Francisco's Academy of Art University for many years.

He and his tea-sipping wife, Danni, currently reside in Los Angeles raising human babies.

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Format: Hardcover
Move over Spiderman, Venom is back! I've never really had a fondness for the former Spider-Man villian. He was alright in Dark Avengers, and the Venom By Daniel Way Ultimate Collection was disappointing. Then I read Rick Remender's take on this classic character. Before I begin this review, this is as much about Venom's current host, Peter Parker's old school buddy Flash Thompson, as it is about the alien symbiote.
Venom is now "controlled" by a government agency. This agency uses the suit to conduct covert missions with Flash Thompson manipulating the suit. There's a catch, Flash can only wear the suit for 48 hours before Venom completely takes him over.
The first arc in this series comprises of issues 1 through 4. The first issue introduces us to the tragic character of Flash, and his desire to help out again. The agency sends him to the Savage Land to stop Vibranium shipments. There, we see him face off against Kraven the Hunter, a slew of enemy operatives, and the suit itself. The fifth issue primarily focuses on the character of Flash himself. This last issue is truly wonderful, as we see the tormented psychology of a desperate character. Remender's dialogue is great. He really made Flash seem to be a sympathetic character, as well as Venom. The art itself is great, the coloring seems to be off ever once in awhile, but not enough to make this book in the least bit unenjoyable. A large portion of each issue is action scenes. What is odd though is the aren't ones you can just read through in 5 seconds.
Rick Remender made me love Venom. And I'm sure he can make you love him too. Pick this book up and give it a try. Odds are you'll like it.
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I don't know where Marvel found Rick Remender but they need to go back and see if there are any more like him. He successfully took X-Force from Yost & Kraig (2 amazing writers) and easily matched their superb storytelling. His work on Secret Avengers has been very good and now he has turned Venom, an originally good character into something much better. I highly recommend this series as it is not a Anti-Villain series, but a black ops tale.

After the events of the Siege of Asgard the US Government has custody of the symbiote. Disabled veteran Flash Thompson is its (temporary) host [read the series to see why temp]. I like seeing how Flash has to deal with all the things that Peter did (and does) with a dual identity.

If you are considering this book I definitely recommend it.
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I'll admit that I was more than a little skeptical about this new direction for Venom. To me it looked like Marvel was reengineering my 9 year old self's favorite villain for the Call of Duty generation, suffice to say I didn't jump on board with it right away. Eventually I scooped up I think issue #3 on a whim and was instantly blown away. Instead of the one-dimensional-over-the-top "badass" Venom that the cover of issue #1 seemed to convey, we get a protagonist who will do anything to continue serving his country and, more importantly, make himself feel whole and useful again. Flash Thompson had recently lost his legs from the knees down in the war and is given the Venom symbiote by the government to act as a super powered secret agent, a premise that could very easily go awry. The author does a phenomenal job here in fleshing out both Flash and the Symbiote as distinct characters constantly at odds with each other. This book has it all, great action of course, solid artwork but the real hook here is Flash- a man whose delicate control over Venom is under a constant siege of stress from his personal life and knowing that he could lose the symbiote should he fail his ever more dangerous missions. Pick this up now. Then set aside another fifteen bucks cause you're gonna buy Volume 2 as soon as that drops. Guaranteed.
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Venom is back, only this time, it's Flash Thompson who's in the suit. Having only known Eddie Brock in this role, I was interested to see how Flash handles the suit. As a soldier in the Army, Flash lost his legs in combat and was given a new lease on life after being given the symbiote. Employing all the powers the suit brings to the table, Flash is the ultimate commando and does his best to use the suit for good. But as anyone who's followed the Venom character over the years knows, the symbiote has its own selfish desires, especially where Spider-Man is concerned! Highly recommend this for any and all Venom fans!
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I have been a Venom fan since childhood. I grew up with the likes of Lethal Protector, Maximum Carnage, etc. I liked Venom more as a 'good' guy. I gotta admit, I was on the fence about the new direction they went with this Venom. However, after I warmed up to it, I really like it. The story starts a little bland, but gets better and better. Flash is a great character and there is a Jekyll and Hyde element to it. I'm quite pleased with this story. I wish the next volumes were in the digital form.
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I bought this book not because I'm interested in the Venom character but because I liked what Rick Remender did with "Uncanny X-force". And I must say, I was not disappointed, to say the least.
The one thing which Remender continued, as he did with the X-Force, is that the story has interesting twists and also his characterization is spot-on. Remender can breathe life into any character and make it extremely appealing.
There are a few minor things though, which I didn't like about the series :
1) The first issue was exciting , it immediately started off with action and had some interesting villains. But as the series progressed, it seemd to lose some steam. The Focus was slowly shifting from Venom to Flash Thompson. Maybe it was intentional. Remender wanted to,as they say, "flesh out the character" . And guess it worked. And hopefully in the future issues, I'd like to see more of Venom and , obviously, more of action.
2) There was not much of introduction (as to how Flash Thompson gets to don the Venom symbiote). I mean I , as any new reader of this series, would have liked to see how it all happened but in the book it's just described in a few lines before the issue #1 even starts. And when the issue starts , already Flash is in the Venom Costume.
3) The Venom character doesn't appear to be as fierce and scary as it has been portrayed before. In fact, in many incidents, Venom/Flash gets his butt kicked, even by losers like Kraven. What's with that? The only logical reason seems that Remender wants to indirectly say that Flash is yet to tap into the full potential of the Venom .
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