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The long awaited grudge match between Venom and Spider-Man is here! Big action! Big intrigue! All presented in the mighty Marvel fashion! Rick Remender (X-Force, Punisher) and Tony Moore (Punisher, The Walking Dead) bring you a knock down street brawl for the ages in the closing chapter of the first arc of Marvel

Story by
Rick Remender
Art by
Tony Moore, Crimelab! Syndicate
Colors by
John Rauch
Letters by
VC - Joe Caramagna
Cover by
Mike McKone, Mike Del Mundo

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Peteparker07/06/11NoRead Review
Avg Rating: 4.2
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  1. Man, for a series with such good art the covers are pitiful and do the title no justice.

  2. I’m still kind of ambivalent to this title. Maybe it’s because I dont know how or why Flash has the suit, and we haven’t spent enough time with him to care but…I wanted to love this book and I’m not.

  3. @mikeandzod21  Spider-Man 654.1. It was really like the zero issue and it explains the how and why. I can’t promise that it will make you care though:)

    I loved the last issue and can’t wait to see how the cliffhanger gets resolved.

  4. @mikeandzod21 Know what you are saying. I love Remender and Moore and I was eager to see what they can do with Venom, but this is not working for me. This gonna be my last issue.

  5. I think this is the last one I pre-ordered. I like the creative team, but in the end it turns out even a special Ops Venom is still Venom, a twisted Spider-man knock off. I think this is a good development for the symbiote, but as a B plotline in the main comic, not a comic to itself. Now if they let Remender and Moore at the main Amazing title… that would be something.

  6. @funcrusher I refuse to read a Dan Slott Spider-Man story. They really should’ve let Remender launch this book if that’s the case, because for me, he’s the draw. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t touch this book with a ten foot pole

  7. Come on, mike! I’ve loved every issue of Slott’s run except for the FF stuff… Which, now that I think about it, has been a conciderable chunk…

  8. This is a pretty good title. I prefer Tony Moore’s work on this to Tom Fowler’s, so far, but we haven’t seen that much of either. I also have enjoyed the covers, don’t see what the problem is. I’ll check out that point 1 issue of ASM, thanks for the suggestion.

    Marvel cancelled this as a subscription title with issue #3, so it’s back to the LCS for this.

  9. @mikeandzod21 The funny thing is: While I usually love Remenders work, and not the biggest fan of Slott on ASM (he’s doing okay, just not overwelmed), his Venom story in ASM #654.1 was the best “nu-Venom” story I read so far.

  10. @Bendrix  Agreed. I didn’t care to read the new Venom until I read 654.1, and then I was a little disappointed with the actual Venom comic because I liked 654.1 so much, even though I really like Remender and Moore.

  11. I’ve enjoyed this series way more than I expected to. I hope that the upcoming spider island stuff won’t ruin what Remender is developing here. If so, that would make this the second Marvel title I’ve had to jump off this month because of event tie ins (Thunderbolts was the first)

  12. I’m warming up to this cover a little, but this is what I am talking about! (a proper cover):

  13. @Funcrusher – brilliant cover!

  14. @oopsxlandmine I’ve tried his and a few of the other BND spider-man writers and have been utterly bored by the stories and found Peter to be annoying. If they have the first issue with this Venom maybe I’ll give it a try. On the whole though, Slott’s writing just is not for me.

  15. Spider-Man 654 also has a short in a back that would be considered the first appearance of the new Venom.

  16. *edit* short in the back. Sorry! I trust Remender and I’m thinking this is going to be a defining issue.

  17. @JimBilly4  I am not sure what “new” is supposed to mean.
    New like multi colored lanterns? New like alternate versions of the justice league? I don’t want to sound glib, but there is nothing new in the world of superhero comics- ever.

    But that’s okay, I like steak, whether it’s grilled, chopped up or tar-tar. The point is, this is a rehash of old ideas, but so what? It still tastes good.

    I haven’t read a book, seen a tv show or or comic that wasn’t already done elsewhere- at least this take is well written.

  18. i really enjoyed it, and the art was just killer. So far two of my top 5 books are written by Remender so thats fun times. 

  19. SKYNYRD!!!

  20. The Skynard reference was pretty hilarious! I didn’t have very high expectations for the series but I’m actually liking it. Looking forward to the future smack down!

  21. This book is killing me, i want to love it so bad, Remender on Xforce is mind blowing but honestly this series is same old same old.. Probably going to drop this after Spider Island tie ins.

  22. @syngar98 I don’t think I used the term “new” anywhere in my comment. Anyway, I really did like the NEW idea, which was to spin Venom into a Special Ops character with none other than legless Flash Thompson under the… goop, I guess. And I like Remender and Moore. But in the end I just don’t like the character of Venom, Flash or not, enough to keep coming back. Same thing happened with Punisher. That was some of the best Punisher writing I have seen… but it was still the Punisher, a one trick pony I didn’t really need to read any more.

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