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BATMAN: VENOM illustrates that although Batman is a great hero, he is simply a human being underneath his costume. When Batman fails to save the life of a young kidnapped girl because of his own physical limitations, he turns to a performance-enhancing drug to increase his strength and stamina. But when the highly addictive super-steroid strips the Dark Knight of his control and morality, he must find a way to free himself from underneath its influence. Struggling with his addiction, Batman must make choose between using the drug again or facing his own probable demise.

2012 Edition Back Blurb

Superpower in a little green pill

Batman, behind the costumes and gadgets, is still only human. He stops villains and saves innocents without any superpowers. Until one day, a girl drowns because he lacks the strength to free her.

Desperate never to let it happen again, Batman begins taking the super-steroid Venom to overcome his human limitations. Super-strength comes with a price, however, and everything about the Dark Knigh -- from his appearance to his sense of morality -- is soon warped by his addiction. And what good are super-powers if they cost you your soul?

BATMAN: VENOM be Dennis O'Neil, Trevor Von Eeden, Russell Braun and Jose Louis Garcia-Lopez details the first appearance of Venom, the drug that would later resurface in the epic BATMAN: KNIGHTFALL as the fuel that enables Bane to break Batman's bac.

Collects Legends of the Dark Knight #16-20.

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The Dark Knight fries his brain on dope. 0

After a rescue attempt ends in tragedy, Batman becomes consumed by his failure which also disrupts his performance. His judgment comes under questioning when he insists to go out following a lead with a serious injury. This leads to another failure, which happens to be a swift defeat at the hands of two-bit hoods. By the recommendation of a scientist, Batman decides to try a performance enhancer called Venom. The drug increases his strength and stamina, but it comes with a price. -summaryBatman ...

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A weak story 0

PROS-Good art overall.-A couple of interesting concepts CONS-Silly dialogue.-The art is sometimes very ugly-Bruce is out of character quite a lot. And I'm talking about the times when he is not on Venom.-The main villain is so blatant about it, I almost think O'Neil thinks we're slow. Why Batman didn't catch it from the beginning, is beyond me. Such lazy writing, from a respected writer, has even made me consider a job in writing. I am convinced a lot of us, could pull of this story a lot better...

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