Last review of the night is the final part of the Venom: Circle of Four story. I'll be the first to say I'm glad this storyline is ending, because it just hasn't felt like a Venom comic... Hopefully we get a good to very good issue here, one that concludes with the death of Bad-Ass Ghost Rider... Hey, a guy can dream, no?
Summary: Having given his symbiote to Red Hulk, Flash is trapped in the hell that Las Vegas had become with only a handgun. Before the demons kill him(again), oh come ON... *sigh* Bad-Ass Ex-Ghost Rider arrives to rescue him... Bad-Ass Ex-Ghost Rider bitches about never having agreed to give the Spirit of Vengeance to Red Hulk, and threatens to leave Flash behind, so he threatens her with a gun... You know, had he shot her in the head here Flash would have become my favorite character of all time... Meanwhile, X-23 heads to Johnny Blaze and tells him to drive his motorcycle the other way so he'd suck the Hell on Earth back to Hell. After telling Johnny what to do, X-23 is attacked by Blackheart's girlfriend. From there we see that Red Hulk/Venom/Ghost Rider and Blackheart are battling across Vegas. Being a piece of trash, Bad-Ass Ex-Ghost Rider throws Flash out of the car they were in while he was shooting at demons... God help me, I hate her so much... Flash winds up rolling near Blackheart's gal pal, who had beaten X-23, and finds himself attacked by the demon. Blackheart's girlfriend beats the hell out of Flash and then turns to leave, which gives Flash a clear shot at the explosives X-23 stuck to the demon's back earlier. Flash shoots the explosives, which blows Blackheart's girlfriend sky-high. Back at the main event battle, Red Hulk/Venom/Ghost Rider has managed to get his hands on the mirror Blackheart used earlier to create the evil opposites of the heroes, and uses the mirror on Blackheart, creating a being of pure light and goodness. The being makes quick work of Blackheart, sending him back to Hell and ending his threat. From there, the piece of Hell loosed in Vegas vanishes, and the city returns to normal. In the aftermath Bad-Ass Ex-Ghost Rider gets the Spirit back(BOOOOOOOOOO!), while Red Hulk returns the symbiote to Flash. Red Hulk also tells Captain America that Flash wasn't a villain, but was actually a hero. Upon hearing that, Cap decides to let Beast and Hank Pym look into the symbiote to see if they could figure out a way to keep it's more murderous urges in check, while allowing Flash to still use it. This issue ends with Mephisto having some fun tormenting Blackheart and his girlfriend.
Thoughts: You KNOW what I'm the most pissed off about, right? There was NO reason Bad-Ass Ghost Rider couldn't have been killed off in this storyline. Absolutely none. Hell, I'd have even been okay if she was killed off in a relatively heroic manner! Instead, she acted like a bitch the entire storyline, and ended up leaving with the Spirit... I would have bet good money that Marvel was going to give the Spirit back to Johnny Blaze in preparation for the new Ghost Rider movie! Instead, that unlikable, useless Bad-Ass Ghost Rider is still out there. And that sucks. Yeah, that really put a damper on this issue for me. This comic was okay and all, but it isn't something I'll be thinking back on in a few days time. It was a pretty lackluster storyline that ended in a pretty lackluster way. Here's hoping we get the awesome Venom back come next issue now that this Hell nonsense has concluded.
Score: 6 out of 10.
What the hell kind of magic pose is Dr. Strange busting out here!?!