Comic #3 to get reviewed this week? Well that's easy, it's got to be Venom! This series has flat out ruled since it started, and I honestly don't expect that to change here... Hell, I'm tempted to fill in a score of like 9 1/2 right now without even having read the issue!
Summary: This issue opens with the end of the funeral for Flash Thompson's father. It seems that Jack O' Lantern needs Flash to see the Crime-Master ASAP, and had the audacity to crash the funeral. Jack strolls up to Flash and his girlfriend Betty and tells Batty that he served in Afghanistan with Flash and that Flash was also his AA sponsor, and that he really needed to talk to Flash. Betty buys Jack's story and tells Flash to help poor Jack out, before leaving. From there Flash is brought to the base of the Crime-Master and told that the next time he had possession of the Venom symbiote he was to head towards Las Vegas and acquire something. That something? The Crime-Master claims the symbiote would know what it was... Huh? The following day, Flash heads back to the Project Rebirth facility for his next mission when Captain America shows up, telling the general in charge of the Project that he was there to shut the program down. It seems Cap felt the symbiote was too dangerous to be allowed to run missions and he wanted it locked up with the Avengers. Flash panics upon hearing this news and rushes off, bonding with the symbiote and sneaking off of the Project's grounds. When Cap discovers that Venom had escaped, he rushes outside and confronts Venom, demanding Flash return the symbiote. Realizing that if he lost the symbiote, Crime-Master would kill everybody he cared about, leaving Flash no real choice but to attack Cap. The two fight for a bit and Cap ends up getting knocked out by Venom. The force of the knockout punch sends Cap careening off of a mountain, but he ends up getting saved by Flash, who hopes that good deed makes up for attacking Cap in the first place. We end this one with Flash stealing Cap's motorcycle and driving off base.
Thoughts: What the hell is it with the comic books I've picked up this week?! This is the second issue I've read in a row where Cap is getting beat up(Deadpool was the first)!! Other than Cap's sudden brush with loserdom, I liked this issue. We further the Flash/Crime-Master story, get Flash AWOL with the Venom symbiote and bring Cap into the mix. All in all, good stuff.
Score: 8 1/2 out of 10.Jeez, Cap's sure having a sucky week...