I'm still running a bit behind with my reviews so far this week, so tonight is another two review night. Hopefully by Friday night I'll have had enough time to do three reviews. But we shall see. First up tonight is one of the better series I read monthly, Venom! By the way, this is Venom's 24 anniversary... I have NO idea why that's important, but Marvel thought it was and put it right on the front cover. I mean I get celebrating a 10th, 20th, 25th, and so on anniversaries, but 24th??? That's an odd number to celebrate... Anyway, I WILL have another review up later tonight, I'm just not sure when...
Summary: Venom(Flash Thompson) manages to sneak into the casino holding whatever it was that the Crime-Master wanted, but ends up losing control, which puts the symbiote in the driver's seat. The symbiote controlled Venom rampages through the casino and discovers what Crime-Master had sent him to retrieve, the Toxin symbiote. Venom doesn't want another symbiote around and proceeds to try to kill it, which leads to Jack O' Lantern jumping in to rescue the Toxin symbiote. Jack makes a dash for it but ends up getting caught by Venom. Venom is prepared to kill Jack, at least until Jack warns Flash that if he didn't regain control Crime-Master was going to murder Flash's mother and girlfriend(Betty Brant). That allows Flash to rein the symbiote in, at which point Jack takes Toxin and leaves. As for Flash, he calls Betty and callously breaks up with her before buying himself some whiskey and downing the entire bottle. This issue ends with the Red Hulk, as per the orders of Captain America, getting closer and closer to Las Vegas and Venom.
Thoughts: As usual, this was another good, strong issue of this series. The Toxin reveal was unexpected and a nice touch(it makes sense that Crime-Master would want to get his hands on something like that), and this issue flew by. It didn't have that extra little something to make this issue truly memorable, but what can ya do?
Score: 8 out of 10.If you say so, big guy!