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Batman: Venom Paperback – October, 1993
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"Venom" shows us that the Batman is only as strong as the Bruce Wayne beneath the cowl. When the latter weakens, the former disappears. Bruce becomes addicted to venom, a sort of super-steroid, and must go through hell and back to once again become the man he was. This is made even more difficult due to the fact that Bruce's self-righteousness and stubbornness only give rise to an enormous feeling of self-loathing.
This is one of the Batman books that best illustrates what it takes to be a hero. All human beings are flawed, and everyone falls at one time. But it takes a true hero to summon up the best in his/her humanity to rise again. Beyond leaping tall buildings in a single bound or clinging to walls, "Venom" shows that the true nature of a super-hero lies closer to home than we'd expect, and that no character in comics exemplifies it like Batman.
Now because there are much better and far more detailed reviews, I won't bog you down with another long description of the same information. I just want to list the few new features here.
BATMAN: VENOM includes:
High-glossy paper that enhances the colors.
Original covers of each issue, complete with original pricing, DC logo, and release date.
And a special epilogue page informing readers that venom continues on in Knightfall.
This is a great read on The Dark Knight, that you can read as a continuation into Knightfall or stand-alone tale. In fact, it was added in IGN's top 25 Batman stories. So that tells you something. So do yourself a favor and pick this up.
OH. And don't do drugs.
The story begins as Batman has trailed kidnappers to an abandoned mine. In a heavy rain, the mine is flooding, with a little girl trapped inside. Frantically searching, Batman finds the girl behind a rock. He moves each rock and finally approaches the largest, nearly a boulder. The space behind the rock is filling and in desperation, Batman cannot move it. Before his very eyes, the spark of innocence is extinguished as the girl succumbs to death.
Though Batman has had his back broken, been injected with the world's deadliest poisons, and endured psychological torture, watching the girl die struck him still more deeply. Assuming the guilt that belongs to the kidnappers, Batman tries to gain strength. The father of the girl is a pharmacist who has perfected the ultimate "performance enhancer."
Batman accepts the package of pills and finally decides to take them. What Batman doesn't know, however, is that the drugs harbor addictive properties. The rest of the story is primarily a struggle within Batman to beat a foreign substance that threatens to take over his own body and mind.
The struggle within is masterfully told, and Batman has never seen so desperate an hour. The reason I don't give a five is twofold: First, Batman putting it in his system without analyzing it at the Batcave? The writers explain that some, but still it is unbelievable. Second: He has his utility belt, and I am surprised nothing in there would have been useful to save the girl.Read more ›
Writer: Dennis O'Neil
Artists: Trevor Von Eeden, Russel Braun
Inker: Jose Luis Garcia-Lopez
Collects: Legends of the Dark Knight #16-20
Originally this story came out back in 1992 - back in my college days when I still bought many, many comics on a monthly basis. Although this is an older story, however, it's still a good one - definitely worth the paltry cover price of $10.00. Most of you reading this review are probably familiar with the Batman: Knightfall storyline, in which Batman has his back broken by Bane. Well, this storyline was a prelude (of sorts) to the events that led to that momentous story.
In this story, Batman finds a kidnapped girl trapped in a sewer, but can do nothing to prevent her from drowning as he is unable to move the large, heavy rocks blocking the tunnel. Grieving from his failure, Batman is offered a "designer drug" by the dead girl's father - a drug that he claims would have enabled Batman the strength necessary to have saved his daughter. At first, Batman declines the offer. Later, however, tired and beaten, he accepts the drugs to help him overcome his weakness. Thus begins his eventual addiction to the drug.
Once again, Batman is portrayed here as a very human hero. He has far more physical limitations than many of his spandex-clad brethren, and faced with the possibility that he just may not be good enough to save children from dying, he does what he can to raise the level of his abilities. Unfortunately, this drug comes at a steep price, as do most any drugs. The side effects of the drug hamper Batman's reasoning skills, his emotional stability, and his aspirations to continually push his mental knowledge of everything he can.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There should be more Batman comics like this. I wish there were more writers/artists that weren't afraid to re-imagine a character once in a while. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Mike Martin
Awesome story about the origins of the drug Venom most recognized as the substance that fuels one of Batman's worst nemesis, Bane.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
Batman get's hooked on performance enhancing drugs and becomes an a-hole. He's stronger (way stronger) and faster than ever, but he loses a bit of his humanity. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bobby Sprinkles
What makes Batman my favorite hero of all time is the fact that under the cape and cowl, he's just a man. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Syntherus
With all of the Batman books I have been reading lately, this one has to be the absolute worst. It's a good premise which is poorly executed. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bishop
First off this is a good comic. It gives us a look at Bruce Wayne/ Batman we've never seen before, however the villains are forgettable, and it has some cliche comic book moments. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Irish