The GeeksverseVenom #20

Venom #20
Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 by

Secret Agent Venom is a drastically different take on the symbiotic alien but all of the same problems are still present.While struggling for control Flash Thompson also must struggle with responsibility. The responsibility struggle truly is a darker vision of Peter Parker, supplementing alcoholism for parenting has resulted in a conflicted hero. It is  a different style of anti-hero from the 90s Venom series.

Secret Agent Venom’s ongoing title, Venom, has featured Thompson as the high swinging hero during the Savage Six story arc. Saving Betty Brandt is priority one even after dumping her for her own safety in Circle of Four.

Betty Brandt’s role is analogous to Gwen Stacey or Mary Jane in the Spider-Family roster as a fem imperiled by the hero. It is a standard role.

Then again, all of those high faluting thoughts are applicable across the entire arc, but this issue is a fight book. Slug fest old fashioned fun. Venom is starting to take a darker path than Flash’s usual heroic attitude. Classic fight for family is leaving behind bodies in this slug fest book.

The art is consistent with the rest of the series so the expectations are met to say the least.

Rick Remender is passing the writing of this book to Cullen Bunn after this arc. I’m still curious how the book will proceed post Remender. I’d also like a peek at the script development to see what is Remender and what is Bunn in this arc. The plot is tight in this issue. The narration is a bit ramble more than rumble. The mumble may be poison based but it just sounds trippy.

 

Brief Bibliography:

  1. VENOM (2003) by Marvel
  2. HULK VS. VENOM (1994) by Marvel
  3. VENOM: CARNAGE UNLEASHED (1995) by Marvel
  4. VENOM VS. CARNAGE (2004) by Marvel
  5. GHOST RIDER & SPIDER-MAN: SPIRITS OF VENOM TPB by Marvel
  6. SPIDER-MAN: TRIAL OF VENOM by Marvel
  7. VENOM: FINALE (1997) by Marvel
  8. VENOM: SEPARATION ANXIETY (1994) by Marvel
  9. VENOM: FUNERAL PYRE (1993) by Marvel
  10. VENOM: ALONG CAME A SPIDER (1996) by Marvel
  11. VENOM: ENEMY WITHIN (1994) by Marvel
  12. VENOM: TOOTH & CLAW (1996) by Marvel
  13. VENOM ON TRIAL (1997) by Marvel
  14. VENOM: THE MADNESS (1993) by Marvel
  15. SPIDER-MAN VS. VENOM TRADE PAPERBACK by Marvel
  16. VENOM: NIGHTS OF VENGEANCE (1994) by Marvel
  17. VENOM: SINNER TAKES ALL (1995) by Marvel
  18. VENOM: LICENSE TO KILL (1997) by Marvel
  19. VENOM: CARNAGE UNLEASHED TPB by Marvel
  20. SPIDER-MAN VS. VENOM BOOKENDS by Marvel
  21. VENOM MINUS (1997) by Marvel
  22. VENOM: THE HUNGER (1996) by Marvel
  23. VENOM SUPER SIZE SPECIAL (1995) by Marvel
  24. VENOM: THE HUNTED (1996) by Marvel
  25. SPIDER-MAN: VENOM AGENDA by Marvel
  26. VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR TP by Marvel
  27. VENOM-DEATHTRAP: THE VAULT by Marvel
  28. VENOM: THE MACE (1994) by Marvel
  29. BATMAN: VENOM TPB by DC Comics
  30. VENOM: SIGN OF THE BOSS (1997) by Marvel
  31. SPIDER-MAN: VENOM RETURNS TPB by Marvel
  32. VENOM COLD CAST BUST by Marvel
  33. VENOM: SEPARATION ANXIETY TPB by Marvel
  34. RUNE VS. VENOM (1995) by Ultraverse
  35. VENOM VS. CARNAGE TPB (2004) by Marvel
  36. VENOM: RUN TPB (VOL. 2) (2004) by Marvel
  37. VENOM: TWIST TPB (VOL. 3) (2004) by Marvel
  38. VENOM: SHIVER TPB (VOL. 1) (2003) by Marvel
  39. SPIDER-MAN: BIRTH OF VENOM TPB (2007) by Marvel
  40. VENOM: DARK ORIGIN (2008) by Marvel
  41. and on and on and on. Venom has graced a ton of comic pages in his 24 years of usage.  Popping up again and again in various Spider-Family titles as a villain and in mini-series after mini-series of his own from the early 90s on. Venom in the 90s was parallel to the gritty Marvel heroes of the day. After it all, the new Venom series is a distinctly different take on this character.

 

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