The GeeksverseVenom, Ghost Rider, Rulk, and X-23 Together

Venom, Ghost Rider, Rulk, and X-23 Together
Published on Thursday, February 23, 2012 by

While I am not in the mood for an over sweeping forced hero event, I do like the ole fashioned hero smash up cross overs. My expectation is that the Circle of Four is going to be more smash than story, which I can be okay with. Looking at the dark heroes picked for this crossover–Venom, Ghost Rider, Red Hulk, and X-23–it seems realistic that bullets will fly, buildings will fall, and flames will sprout. It will be interesting to see how this story takes shape in this six part event (or should it be classified as a mini-event?).

My opening expectations are in-line with Dead Mans Hand featuring Nomad, Daredevil, Punisher, and Gambit from the 90s. It had a story but mainly existed to let the anti-heroes run.

Venom is a character that has polarized some fans. He was a great Spidey villain. Some people liked his original mini-series when he was struggling in the early 90s to become a hero.  I always thought that was strange. I’ve liked the villain more than the hero version of Venom over the years. That alone is why I skipped the new run of Venom on-going comics. Picking up issue 12, one issue before the cross-over, I have discovered that Captain America and the Avengers are not a fan of Venom as a secret agent. That sounds prudent. Flash Thompson is bonded with the symbiote but can’t control him. That makes sense in a “saw that coming” sort of way.  Red Hulk is dispatched to reign in Venom? Okay. Why not. In issue #12 Venom is unwillingly teamed up with Jack O’ Lantern–who looks good–to steal something which turns out to be a symbiote: Toxin. Red Hulk is bounding  in.

When we last saw the female Ghost Rider, in her own doomed on-going comic, she had finally accepted  Johnny Blaze as a mentor and ditched Hawkeye–a connection to the Avengers. Where is Johnny Blaze now in Venom 13? He’s teaching the new Ghost Rider to do a little stunt riding on a chopper that could not possible take that level of impact. The spirit of vengeance is not listening. He offers a little advice that is less than heeded. I’m just happy he wasn’t ignored as a character.

Issue 13 also brings in Wolverine’s daughter and the Red Hulk, mystical symbols, demons, aliens, and a nice start to a mini-event. What is happening in Vegas does not seem to stay in Vegas. The weekly installments are nice for a fast mini-series although I find the numbering crazy and problematic.

  • Hell is spreading across the Earth from out of Las Vegas.
  • Ghost Rider is responsible but what price is she willing to pay to save mankind?!
  • X-23, Venom & Hulk must defeat their worst enemies, buying Ghost Rider time to stop hell’s march across the globe!
  • As a clone, X-23 has often wondered if she has a soul. This is where she gets her answer!
  • Who is Ichor and why has he targeted Venom for Death?!

The first few parts are already on comic shop shelves nationwide, but it is still a great time to jump in to this event. This five week installment mini-run, numbered oddly, has a host of creators working on it, yet it still feels consistent.
This may not be a story that is remembered by the fandom forever, yet, I do still remember Dead Man’s Hand.

Venom #12
Writer: Rick Remender
Pencils: Lan Medina
Ink: Nelson Decastro
Colors: Marte Graacia w/ John Rauch
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna

Venom #13 by Rob Williams and Lee Garbett
Venom #13.1 by Rob Williams  and Sana Takeda
Venom #13.2 by Jeff Parker and Julian Totino Tedesco
Venom #13.4 by Rick Remender and Lan Medina

Concluding in Venom #14 by Rick Remender and Tony Moore

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