- 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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Venom: Circle of Four Hardcover – June 6, 2012
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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' ...Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mephisto sure does make for a fun story. And Las Vega. Can't forget Vegas.
Nice conclusion. Definitely continuing to read this arc.
A good story, though it takes away from Flash's main tale to go to a sudden group fight that came outta nowhere. Even then it was handled as well as it could be. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Pen Name
MY BROTHER WILL LOVE THIS FIR CHRISTMAS!! THIS CAME QUICK, AND IS MORE LIKE A HARD COVERED BOOK THANK A COMIC...Published 19 months ago by Ninamarie
Lost one star because story is a bit confusing. the parts about Venom are great but in this book he actually takes a back seat and it becomes more of a Ghost rider story if nothing... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by Raz
Jack, Venom, and x-22 are awesome. I don't really care about ghost rider or red hulk, but they are still written well and the story arc is pretty great. Read morePublished on January 1, 2014 by noah wright