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Venom: Circle of Four Hardcover – June 6, 2012

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Product Details

  • Series: Venom
  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Reprint edition (June 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785164502
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785164500
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #775,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Circle of Four brings together Flash Thompson (who you'll remember as a highschool bully from the early pages of Spider Man, turned into a war hero) as the current government operate Venom, The Red Hulk (or 'Rulk', a new addition to the Avengers roster), X-23 (a female Wolverine clone who's been trained as an assassin since birth) and Alejandra, the newest host of the Spirit of Vengeance, and the most recently Ghost Rider.
I'm not terribly taken with the new female Ghost Rider, but based on the sales and the current cancellation of her solo title, neither was anybody else. Aside from that, this crossover is awesome. The military repartee between 'Rulk' and Flash Thompson's Venom (truly my favorite incarnation of the character since Eddie Brock) is entertaining (to me, at least), and I've been voraciously following any story with X-23 involved for a while now.
This story keeps the pages turning with fast pacing and very vivid and colorful artwork. The book is bright and vibrant where necessary and then dark, moody and messy looking where it's called for as well. The illustrations give us a very chaotic view of Hell on Earth. Seeing three of my favorite more military/assassin related characters battling demons (another favorite comic book scenario of mine) was plenty entertaining, I've already read this more than once.

*possible spoiler alert here*
there's a moment where you're given the impression Johnny Blaze is about to become the Rider again...and then it doesn't happen...and that may truly have been the biggest disappointment of the whole story. The team of 'Rulk', Venom and X-23 shines through here with excellent character development and a real sense that these characters 'go together' ...
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Some practical information, before I begin. This book actually contains two story arcs. It begins with "Road Trip", contained in issues 10 through 12, and then moves on to "Circle of Four", which is issues 13 through 14.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It's the quality I've come to expect from Rick Remender's work, and it's always a joy to read about Flash Thompson's adventures as Agent Venom. However, I will say that I actually liked the Road Trip story more than the Circle of Four arc, even though the events of the former pretty much ran into the events of the latter. Now, Circle of Four was by no means bad. In fact, even though I was more keen on Road Trip, issues 13.1 and 13.2 were some of my favorites of the book. The reason I favor Road Trip is because of the simplicity of the story. While I liked Circle of Four, it had a LOT going on, and what I've come to love about Venom is how Rick Remender can write these great stories that are definitely multi-layered, but never too long or complicated. This simplicity was even managed in Venom's Spider Island tie-in issues. However, one thing that might have contributed to how jam-packed Circle of Four felt was the multitude of artists.

Like I said, 13.1 and 13.2 were some of my favorite issues from this book, and that's mainly because of the art. The pencils of Lee Garbett and Sana Takeda were wonderful to look at. I was also very pleased with the pencils and inks of Lan Medina and Nelson Decastro (respectfully), the team responsible for the art in Road Trip. Tony Moore was the only problem I had with this book in regards to the art; I was fine with his work on previous issues of Venom, but I found his style a little too rough for me this time around.

Criticism aside, if you've been enjoying Venom, then don't hesitate to get this book, 'cause you're in for more of the same excellent comic book entertainment.
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Rick Remender gets into an even darker venom within the Circle of Four. Flash goes AWOL and tries to runaway to drown his sorrows, but it's deeper than that. Jack O'Lantern blackmails Flash into doing dirty work for the Crime Master. The mission takes place in Las Vegas, when a portal to hell opens and begins to overflow into Sin City Venom and company must put aside their differences to work together and prevent hell on earth! I was skeptical of the plot at first, but Remender and crew co wrote a strong and unique blockbuster. The art throughout the story is very well done as well, which for me personally, makes it even easier to read. I give Circle of Four 4.3/5 stars.
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By Joel on December 5, 2012
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This Venom was really interesting as far as the group dynamic he is set in and forced to work with. The female ghost rider is pretty interesting having no prior knowledge of her, same goes for X-23. Readers may find this one not as ''good'' as the other two volumes, and i can see why, they throw a lot at you in one volume. I think you, the reader should have enough reading skills to get through it if you can read this. Interesting concepts and enemies for sure, and all i can say is that there is one hulking moment i haven't seen before. If you wanna read something a little different and along the lines closer to demons and hell, this is for you. I still enjoyed it nonetheless, and if you're curious give it a shot, you might just like it.
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I had read the first volume of Venom by Rick Remender and it was quite good. Even some issues of Venom in the “Spider-Island” book were quite entertaining. And that is why I had bought this book. And this book was very disappointing , to say the least.
The first two issues were pretty much okay, but after that , when the main story “Circle of Four” started, it all went to hell. No pun intended. We do see that Hell comes to Las Vegas and tries to spread to the entire world but haven’t we heard and seen such stories before? Still, a story of such magnitude should have been made spectacular but sadly it was not to be. I’ve seen better Stories from Remender and Parker. Tough to believe that this one is written by them. In fact, the story was so bad, that it took great effort (and patience) for me to finish reading it. Even the characterization is bad. The characters are completely lack-lustre. The four have no chemistry or team-dynamic (or whatever you call it). Even the humor is not funny.
The artwork for first two issues , by Medina is very good. I have to say that the inkers and colorists have done a brilliant job in these two issues. But for the main story, which has been done by a lot of artists, the artwork is messy, to say the least. When you read a comic and the artwork keeps changing drastically, it kills the continuity. And I have to specifically mention that the artwork by Tony Moore is horrible. His characters look very ugly. In the last but third page of the final issue, Doctor Strange and the Beast look disgusting. I have no idea that when there are so many talented artists available why does Marvel recruit artists like Moore?
Apart from Venom, the other three main characters are copies of other (original) characters. Red hulk is just another hulk.
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