Last time we left our hero he was in a bit of a pickle.
His abusive alcoholic father died of liver failure, and It’s a loss that has affected Flash more than he anticipated. Flash has also run off with the government owned symbiote in an attempt to save his loved ones from some never-do-wells he has met during his missions. To compound this problem, his girlfriend has no clue he has ever been Venom, and he is now trying to cut off all ties to her for her own safety. Oh and did I mention he isn’t the best at controlling the symbiote either? Through all of this, naturally, his penchant for alcohol flourishes. As a matter of fact the entire run of this series so far has been the exemplification of Murphy’s Law in Flash Thompson’s life. But trust me, his misfortune makes for a great read.
Now that brings us about up to speed, but If you haven’t read Remender’s run on Venom, go to your local shop and grab the first trade. You won’t regret it. Issue 13 marks the beginning of the “Circle of Four” story arc, which is a team up book that definitely shows some promise. We have the Red Hulk tasked with bringing in Flash for the government. We have X-23 investigating someone who stole a vial or her blood for cloning purposes. And we have Ghost Rider and her mentor seeking out the cries of hundreds of cursed souls. These elements all collided by the end of the first and we are left with what I believe is called a “Team-Up Book.”
This first issue of the story arc has plenty of plot coupled with a little bit of our heroes inner turmoil, and sets things up for an exciting story. Remender does a good job of making the team up not seem like a forced gimmick and manages to build excitement for the battle to come, and the last page reveal had me smiling big and dying for next weeks installment. Tony Moore is an artist I love and his art on venom has been my favorite. I don’t recall any of the other artists on this book as being downright bad, but none were quite as good as Moore. He seems to handle action and comedy equally well and always makes his characters portray emotion, which is a skill too many artists lack. So, if your ready for a fun book with well written characters and fantastic art then pick this one up. Meet me back here each week in February as I review each of the 6 parts of “Circle of Four.”
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|Great art and story with a good dose of comedy, action and well written characters||Like any team up book it might require a bit of online research to be current with the character’s you don’t already know. For example Ghost Rider is female now which is something I missed since I don’t follow the title.|
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