It began as a series of variant covers and grew from there. Marvel released twenty-six Venom inspired variant covers in March of this year. Maybe the success of the initiative surprised them. Somebody over in the offices there thought, “Hey, fans really like these covers, is there a world with all of these Venomized characters we can play with?” Or maybe they had this idea in their head all along and were waiting for the fans response. Either way, Marvel has another event coming to us this summer and Edge of Venom-Verse #1 from Matthew Rosenberg and Roland Boschi is the beginning of the runway.
The Edge of Venom-Verse will be similar to the Edge of Spider-Verse series a couple years back (because anything Spidey can do, Venom can do better!). Each one-shot will showcase another character in a slightly altered reality that is attached to everyone’s favorite alien symbiote. For the House of Ideas’ first trick, X-23!
The story begins familiar enough. A young female clone of Wolverine is being cryogenically cooked up and is designated X-23. However, when she ends up crossing paths with a strange alien symbiote during her escape from The Facility, she makes a bond of a kind she didn’t bargain for. Now, with the symbiote influencing her every thought and driving her to madness will she be able to fight it or will they become Venom? It might be a dull story if she doesn’t but you never know. There might be a curveball thrown in.
Let’s all be honest, we really just want to see X-23 pop some claws looking like she’s going to bite some crook in half. Part of the appeal of Venom is, besides looking super cool, it unleashes your inner rage. No filters pop up anywhere. An X-23 with a symbiote assisted berserker rage? Yes, please.
Eddie Brock’s Got That Old Familiar Feeling in Venom #150
Venom’s solo series turns 150 this week (although checking the math on how you get to 150 is quite the arithmetic aerobic exercise). With such a milestone for one of the most fan beloved Spider-Man villains of all time, Marvel is going all out with variants galore and most importantly for all of you, dear readers, is that Eddie Brock is back bonded with the Venom symbiote. That’s right, the first, most famous, and some fans may argue the best Venom has returned to web-slinging around New York city again.
It’s been a big year for Venom. Sony’s announced that the solo film is back on and progressing through development. Heck, they even have signed on Tom Hardy to star and Zombieland director,Ruben Fleischer, to helm the project. Eddie Brock is back in the symbiote’s saddle again. Why not throw a big party to reinvigorate one of the great Marvel villains (sometimes anti-hero) and it looks like the House of Ideas is going to do it in pretty grand style.
This will be an anniversary issue with what Marvel’s claiming to be “an oversized and brutal main story” plus there will be a back up feature from fan-favorite creators David Micheline and Ron Lim. There are still questions out there about how the symbiote parted ways with Flash Thompson, or Agent Venom, and what is to come now that the original Venom, Eddie Brock. Well, this might be a good place to start looking for the answers to some of the most important questions for Venom that have been plaguing fans for too long.
I really hate typing out cliche stuff like “a dollar doesn’t buy you much these days, especially in NYC”, but considering how much it costs to ride the subway these days, it’s kind of true. HOWEVER, for a mere $1, you can pick one of the new Marvel Heroes Buildable Figurines from the line’s 2nd wave at FPNYC! Cyclops, Daredevil, Wolverine, Dr. Doom, the Thing,and Venom make up the set, and it’s one of the FEW toy lines you can buy the entire line for less than $10, if not the only one. Oh sure they have zero points of articulation, but they look cool as hell on your desk or bookcase in my anything-but-humble-opinion. And if you’re not a Marvel person (BOOOO!), we also have blind-bag My Little Pony: Friendship is Magicfigurines in stock as of the time of writing. Those go for about $3 a pop, and offer a ton more variety in terms of Ponies (articulation, not so much). I’ve laughed at the Brony movement last year, but we keep selling out of the toys, so there was a slight chance I had no idea what I was getting into at the time. That and I’ve actually watched the show since and it’s cute. It also helps that Fluttershy is adorable, and yes, it pains me to type that out. Denial is magical.
So Toy Fair happened this month and I never bothered applying for a badge because I was busy as hell being dissappointed by Soul Calibur 5. However, my good friend and internet medicine man Dr_Teng of What’s Your Obsession did go, and is cool enough to share some photos with us. Loran has already covered the Transformers and GI Joe stuff, and I’m sure I’ve talked enough about Marvel/DC stuff to drive most people insane, so I’ll save those releases for when they’re actually on our shelves. So that leaves me to discuss video game figures, which I assure you is not a problem. Continue reading →
This has been the easiest column to write of my long career…because I didn’t write it! OR DID I?! No, I did not, but my CLONE did! That’s right, in order to better multitask I have developed a clone-o-matic so that all of my necessary daily tasks (sweeping up the cave, writing my columns, eating, etc.) can be performed while I engage in weightier pursuits…like finally finishing Zelda II: The Adventures of Link. That game is tough!
So let’s just review this document my clone has passed in…we’ll call him CLunkiedev. *Puts on reading glasses, clears throat* Ahem.
GOOD FOR YOUR EYES
Well, I already have to step in to editorialize. Clunkie’s written here “Darhrazz 8” and then a sort of squiggle. Due to me taking this particular clone out of the tank a little early his hands aren’t strictly speaking hands…he can grip but his nailless fingers are sort of boneless and stumpy. I think IT is trying to recommendDark Horse Presents #8 which, on top of some great new stuff from Brian Wood and Howard Chaykin promises to have a Hellboy B.P.R.D. tie-in story. It’s a good book to cover.
Speaking of which, Clunkiedev has scribbled a sort of moist rectangle with a Superman symbol, the number 6 and a big “X” through it. I think It is as disappointed in the cover to Action Comics #6 as I am…sort of a green and purple blob in which Superman is stuck as though in a Japanese tentacle manga. It reminds me of Clunkie’s forehead…see eyelashes are really hard to clone, and they came out all…never mind. AC #6 has a lousy cover, but I’m sure Grant Morrison’s superlative writing on these Super-books will be top notch.
Two covers that leap off the shelf areFear Itself The Fearless #8 and The Twelve #9! Fear Itself The Fearless is the spin off series from last summer’s Fear Itself event. Good Marvel fun. The cover, however, is the best Art Adams has to give! Amazing perspective, detail and poses as only Adams can deliver. Continue reading →
When I saw these new Spider-man figures on the shelves, I was a bit confused. Was there some new cartoon out that I hadn’t heard of? Well, I guess Hasbro realized the power of Spidey and decided, “Hey, he’ll sell no matter what fiction is out there!” and went for a new line of 3 ¾” figures. I took a quick look at them and honestly liked what I saw. They used the same type of hips that the Iron Man and Wolverine figures did, which I like a LOT more than the stupid plastic t-bar hips that the Marvel Universe figures use.
Little did I realize, though, that was pretty much the only thing these figures have over the Iron Man and Wolverine ones. Continue reading →