The new Venom makes his full debut
When Marvel announced that Flash Thompson would be the new Venom, it's funny that my first initial thoughts weren't , "But he doesn't have legs! Are they going to give him cybernetics? ( It's possible! If Cletus Kasady got prosthetics, Flash should too). Rather, I had positive thoughts about him being a Black Ops version of Spider-man. Seeing Flash play James Bond/covert was fun. Instead of focusing on Venom throughout the entire issue, we see Flash in his civilian life. It still amazes me the type of person Flash has become before he was playing the bully type in high school.
But this is Venom we're talking about. Seeing Flash losing himself over the suit was a bit disturbing considering what I've seen the previous owner do as the host. I don't want to see a guy like Flash being corrupted by the alien symbiote, but the idea is tempting to say at least.
Despite being a Venom centric issue, there's also a small preview of what's to come for Spider-man.
Humberto Ramos is a perfect choice for this issue when it comes to the artwork. It is quite different from the preview from the last issue, but I enjoyed Ramos' exaggerated style like at the start of Big Times. Not only that, but I love the Venom suit look.
This issue doesn't exactly make it easy for new readers to jump to. Hell, this isn't even about Spider-man. This takes place after the conclusion of Amazing Spider-man 654 and sometime during Amazing Spider-man 655. Now, there are other Marvel .1 comics out there that have good starting point well (Iron Man 500.1 I'm looking at you), but let's be honest. This should have been called Venom #0 or #.1
Overall: Despite my complaint, this is not a bad start for fans of Venom. For those who are curious on how Peter is doing in Big Times, will have to wait for either the tradeback or just start from #649-current. I can't wait to see a team up with Venom and Spider-man in the future.