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Struggling to cope with his father's death, Flash Thompson is slowly losing his battle with the Venom symbiote. Flash steals the symbiote from Project Rebirth and travels to Las Vegas to retrieve a dangerous package. With the Red Hulk chasing him, can Venom complete his mission and save his loved ones? Plus: when a portal to Hell opens in the middle of Sin City, spewing forth the hordes of the underworld, Venom and Red Hulk must set aside their differences and join Ghost Rider and X-23 on a crusade to stop the spread of Hell on Earth. COLLECTING: VENOM 10-13, 13.1-13.4, 14

Venom: Circle of Four

Author: Jeff Parker,Lan Medina,Tony Moore,Sana Takeda,Julian Totino Tedesco,Rick Remender

Title: Venom: Circle of Four

ISBN: 0785164510

ISBN13: 978-0785164517

Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (October 3, 2012)

Language: English

Subcategory: Graphic Novels

Size pdf version: 1713 kb

Size epub version: 1719 kb

Size fb2 version: 1914 kb

Rating: 4.6/5

Pages: 232 pages


Reviews (7)
Hellblade
Some practical information, before I begin. This book actually contains two story arcs. It begins with "Road Trip", contained in issues 10 through 12, and then moves on to "Circle of Four", which is issues 13 through 14.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It's the quality I've come to expect from Rick Remender's work, and it's always a joy to read about Flash Thompson's adventures as Agent Venom. However, I will say that I actually liked the Road Trip story more than the Circle of Four arc, even though the events of the former pretty much ran into the events of the latter. Now, Circle of Four was by no means bad. In fact, even though I was more keen on Road Trip, issues 13.1 and 13.2 were some of my favorites of the book. The reason I favor Road Trip is because of the simplicity of the story. While I liked Circle of Four, it had a LOT going on, and what I've come to love about Venom is how Rick Remender can write these great stories that are definitely multi-layered, but never too long or complicated. This simplicity was even managed in Venom's Spider Island tie-in issues. However, one thing that might have contributed to how jam-packed Circle of Four felt was the multitude of artists.

Like I said, 13.1 and 13.2 were some of my favorite issues from this book, and that's mainly because of the art. The pencils of Lee Garbett and Sana Takeda were wonderful to look at. I was also very pleased with the pencils and inks of Lan Medina and Nelson Decastro (respectfully), the team responsible for the art in Road Trip. Tony Moore was the only problem I had with this book in regards to the art; I was fine with his work on previous issues of Venom, but I found his style a little too rough for me this time around.

Criticism aside, if you've been enjoying Venom, then don't hesitate to get this book, 'cause you're in for more of the same excellent comic book entertainment.
Hellblade
Some practical information, before I begin. This book actually contains two story arcs. It begins with "Road Trip", contained in issues 10 through 12, and then moves on to "Circle of Four", which is issues 13 through 14.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It's the quality I've come to expect from Rick Remender's work, and it's always a joy to read about Flash Thompson's adventures as Agent Venom. However, I will say that I actually liked the Road Trip story more than the Circle of Four arc, even though the events of the former pretty much ran into the events of the latter. Now, Circle of Four was by no means bad. In fact, even though I was more keen on Road Trip, issues 13.1 and 13.2 were some of my favorites of the book. The reason I favor Road Trip is because of the simplicity of the story. While I liked Circle of Four, it had a LOT going on, and what I've come to love about Venom is how Rick Remender can write these great stories that are definitely multi-layered, but never too long or complicated. This simplicity was even managed in Venom's Spider Island tie-in issues. However, one thing that might have contributed to how jam-packed Circle of Four felt was the multitude of artists.

Like I said, 13.1 and 13.2 were some of my favorite issues from this book, and that's mainly because of the art. The pencils of Lee Garbett and Sana Takeda were wonderful to look at. I was also very pleased with the pencils and inks of Lan Medina and Nelson Decastro (respectfully), the team responsible for the art in Road Trip. Tony Moore was the only problem I had with this book in regards to the art; I was fine with his work on previous issues of Venom, but I found his style a little too rough for me this time around.

Criticism aside, if you've been enjoying Venom, then don't hesitate to get this book, 'cause you're in for more of the same excellent comic book entertainment.
Celace
Circle of Four brings together Flash Thompson (who you'll remember as a highschool bully from the early pages of Spider Man, turned into a war hero) as the current government operate Venom, The Red Hulk (or 'Rulk', a new addition to the Avengers roster), X-23 (a female Wolverine clone who's been trained as an assassin since birth) and Alejandra, the newest host of the Spirit of Vengeance, and the most recently Ghost Rider.
I'm not terribly taken with the new female Ghost Rider, but based on the sales and the current cancellation of her solo title, neither was anybody else. Aside from that, this crossover is awesome. The military repartee between 'Rulk' and Flash Thompson's Venom (truly my favorite incarnation of the character since Eddie Brock) is entertaining (to me, at least), and I've been voraciously following any story with X-23 involved for a while now.
This story keeps the pages turning with fast pacing and very vivid and colorful artwork. The book is bright and vibrant where necessary and then dark, moody and messy looking where it's called for as well. The illustrations give us a very chaotic view of Hell on Earth. Seeing three of my favorite more military/assassin related characters battling demons (another favorite comic book scenario of mine) was plenty entertaining, I've already read this more than once.

*possible spoiler alert here*
there's a moment where you're given the impression Johnny Blaze is about to become the Rider again...and then it doesn't happen...and that may truly have been the biggest disappointment of the whole story. The team of 'Rulk', Venom and X-23 shines through here with excellent character development and a real sense that these characters 'go together' ...but the new Ghost Rider never really figures in in any real meaningful or believable way. I found myself more than once thinking that the story would've been better with The Punisher, or Deadpool or...anyone other than a Ghost Rider that we know next to nothing about who makes no real strides towards the reader to be 'likable'. The Ghost Rider mythos provided an excellent backdrop for the story; with Blackheart and Mephisto battling for dominance with Las Vegas as the arena, so THAT aspect of things was pretty cool...and for people like myself Johnny Blaze does get a fair amount of face time in the book.
With the current cancellation of 2 of the 4 members' books, one wonders if they'll find a way to continue through with the semi-cliffhanger ending they present you with here or just leave it as a loose end people like myself with be agonizing over for years and years. Time will tell, I suppose. All I know is that 'Rulk', Venom and X-23 are three of my favorite characters currently inhabiting the Marvel Universe, and if they're infernally bound together, that's probably not an entirely bad thing.
Celace
Circle of Four brings together Flash Thompson (who you'll remember as a highschool bully from the early pages of Spider Man, turned into a war hero) as the current government operate Venom, The Red Hulk (or 'Rulk', a new addition to the Avengers roster), X-23 (a female Wolverine clone who's been trained as an assassin since birth) and Alejandra, the newest host of the Spirit of Vengeance, and the most recently Ghost Rider.
I'm not terribly taken with the new female Ghost Rider, but based on the sales and the current cancellation of her solo title, neither was anybody else. Aside from that, this crossover is awesome. The military repartee between 'Rulk' and Flash Thompson's Venom (truly my favorite incarnation of the character since Eddie Brock) is entertaining (to me, at least), and I've been voraciously following any story with X-23 involved for a while now.
This story keeps the pages turning with fast pacing and very vivid and colorful artwork. The book is bright and vibrant where necessary and then dark, moody and messy looking where it's called for as well. The illustrations give us a very chaotic view of Hell on Earth. Seeing three of my favorite more military/assassin related characters battling demons (another favorite comic book scenario of mine) was plenty entertaining, I've already read this more than once.

*possible spoiler alert here*
there's a moment where you're given the impression Johnny Blaze is about to become the Rider again...and then it doesn't happen...and that may truly have been the biggest disappointment of the whole story. The team of 'Rulk', Venom and X-23 shines through here with excellent character development and a real sense that these characters 'go together' ...but the new Ghost Rider never really figures in in any real meaningful or believable way. I found myself more than once thinking that the story would've been better with The Punisher, or Deadpool or...anyone other than a Ghost Rider that we know next to nothing about who makes no real strides towards the reader to be 'likable'. The Ghost Rider mythos provided an excellent backdrop for the story; with Blackheart and Mephisto battling for dominance with Las Vegas as the arena, so THAT aspect of things was pretty cool...and for people like myself Johnny Blaze does get a fair amount of face time in the book.
With the current cancellation of 2 of the 4 members' books, one wonders if they'll find a way to continue through with the semi-cliffhanger ending they present you with here or just leave it as a loose end people like myself with be agonizing over for years and years. Time will tell, I suppose. All I know is that 'Rulk', Venom and X-23 are three of my favorite characters currently inhabiting the Marvel Universe, and if they're infernally bound together, that's probably not an entirely bad thing.
Black_Hawk_Down.
This Venom was really interesting as far as the group dynamic he is set in and forced to work with. The female ghost rider is pretty interesting having no prior knowledge of her, same goes for X-23. Readers may find this one not as ''good'' as the other two volumes, and i can see why, they throw a lot at you in one volume. I think you, the reader should have enough reading skills to get through it if you can read this. Interesting concepts and enemies for sure, and all i can say is that there is one hulking moment i haven't seen before. If you wanna read something a little different and along the lines closer to demons and hell, this is for you. I still enjoyed it nonetheless, and if you're curious give it a shot, you might just like it.
Black_Hawk_Down.
This Venom was really interesting as far as the group dynamic he is set in and forced to work with. The female ghost rider is pretty interesting having no prior knowledge of her, same goes for X-23. Readers may find this one not as ''good'' as the other two volumes, and i can see why, they throw a lot at you in one volume. I think you, the reader should have enough reading skills to get through it if you can read this. Interesting concepts and enemies for sure, and all i can say is that there is one hulking moment i haven't seen before. If you wanna read something a little different and along the lines closer to demons and hell, this is for you. I still enjoyed it nonetheless, and if you're curious give it a shot, you might just like it.
Aedem
Rick Remender gets into an even darker venom within the Circle of Four. Flash goes AWOL and tries to runaway to drown his sorrows, but it's deeper than that. Jack O'Lantern blackmails Flash into doing dirty work for the Crime Master. The mission takes place in Las Vegas, when a portal to hell opens and begins to overflow into Sin City Venom and company must put aside their differences to work together and prevent hell on earth! I was skeptical of the plot at first, but Remender and crew co wrote a strong and unique blockbuster. The art throughout the story is very well done as well, which for me personally, makes it even easier to read. I give Circle of Four 4.3/5 stars.
Aedem
Rick Remender gets into an even darker venom within the Circle of Four. Flash goes AWOL and tries to runaway to drown his sorrows, but it's deeper than that. Jack O'Lantern blackmails Flash into doing dirty work for the Crime Master. The mission takes place in Las Vegas, when a portal to hell opens and begins to overflow into Sin City Venom and company must put aside their differences to work together and prevent hell on earth! I was skeptical of the plot at first, but Remender and crew co wrote a strong and unique blockbuster. The art throughout the story is very well done as well, which for me personally, makes it even easier to read. I give Circle of Four 4.3/5 stars.
Jieylau
Let me just start off by saying I wish this team was a staple comic that could be purchased every month. At first I was not sure how the characters were going to interact since they are all of the dark loner veriety but it was pulled off and they made a dynamic team out of it. I won't spoil the story but it has to do with Venom (Flash Thompson at this point) being blackmaled into going to Vegas and doing some work for the bad guys and teaming up with this arch nemisis Jack O'Lantern. One of my favorite Marvel characters ever even makes and apperience (Dr. Strange). Over all it's a good read and leaves you with a bit of a cliff hanger making you think that these guys are going to be teaming up again at some point.
Jieylau
Let me just start off by saying I wish this team was a staple comic that could be purchased every month. At first I was not sure how the characters were going to interact since they are all of the dark loner veriety but it was pulled off and they made a dynamic team out of it. I won't spoil the story but it has to do with Venom (Flash Thompson at this point) being blackmaled into going to Vegas and doing some work for the bad guys and teaming up with this arch nemisis Jack O'Lantern. One of my favorite Marvel characters ever even makes and apperience (Dr. Strange). Over all it's a good read and leaves you with a bit of a cliff hanger making you think that these guys are going to be teaming up again at some point.

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