The comic book pages of Amazing Spider-Man/Venom: Venom Inc Alpha! Introduced a new Anti-Venom to the Marvel Universe. Life hasn’t been good for the poor Peter of late. His company has gone bankrupt, and the public hates him. Now, this week’s adventure further complicates the Spider-verse by unveiling the new Anti-Venom. Amazing Spider-Man/Venom: Venom Inc Alpha is a crossover event which features Venom and the Amazing Spider-Man, with the usual line up of Peter Parker, Flash Thompson and Eddie Brock as the centerpiece.
Spider-Man and these two Venoms are not the only ones who share a symbiote history and appear together. Mania (aka Andi Benton) and Lee Price also feature in this issue that brings together several Venom-verse characters to launch the Venom Inc. In case you are one of those who is not familiar with the current adventures of the symbiote, Andi Benton happens to be a pal of Flash Thompson who fights crime along with a clone of the Venom symbiote. Lee Price also played Venom for a while, but, his run was short-lived, and now Venom has clung back to Eddie Brock.
AMAZING-SPIDER-MAN/VENOM: VENOM INC ALPHA RECAP
This one-shot comic’s opening panels show Flash Thompson discussing with Mania about her crimefighting, and then Lee Price and a bunch of criminals take her down. It is revealed that Price is fulfilling his earlier promises about recapturing the Venom symbiote and he uses force to separate Mania from the symbiote. Price then himself becomes the symbiote. Price has a sinister plan read, and he completes the issue by injecting the symbiote into various petty criminals to raise his private Venom army. However, we will see that in the next issue.
The core of this issue is a fight between Spider-Man, Brock, and Flash while Brock grapples to manage the symbiote which is becoming extremely violent and uncontrollable. He seeks the help of Alchemax to create a serum that could solve the problem. The medicine is being developed, and since it is experimental, it could cause some interesting spill-over effects. Flash tries to locate Brock and reclaim the symbiote (to help Mania and to find out what’s the plan of Price). Spider-Man is trying to get rid of the symbiote for good. This leads to the ultimate showdown between the three while both Brock and Flash try to influence the symbiote to merge with them. During their struggle, Spider-Man sprays them both with a vial of the anti-venom serum made by Alchemax, hoping that it will forever finish the Venom. Of course, it would be foolish to think that something like that could end with such a simple measure and it gives rise to a new Anti-Venom: Flash Thompson!
FLASH IS THE NEW ANTI-VENOM
The Marvel Universe has earlier witnessed an Anti-Venom which was connected to Eddie Brock. During his battle with cancer, Brock had become Anti-Venom, and when Mr. Negative touched him, the remaining traces of the Venom symbiote in his blood became a cancer-fighting Anti-Venom symbiote. When he met Venom (attached to Mac Gargan), this idle new symbiote took control for some time and was seen as a white version of Venom. Eddie continued being Anti-Venom for a while. First, he worked as a kind of anti-hero by the side of the Punisher and attacked drug lords and addicts before he ultimately became a hero who sacrificed the Anti-Venom symbiote to protect the city during the incidents of Spider-Island.
If the new Anti-Venom is in any way similar to what Brock had, it could mean that Spider-Man and the Venom symbiotes will become weaker when in the proximity of Flash. In one way it is good as it will make Lee Price and his gang of Mania/Venom rogues easy to beat, but, it might also be deadly for Andi if the new Anti-Venom also decides to cure the world of the Venom symbiote and all of its clones. We don’t yet know as to what are the powers and the plans of the new Anti-Venom, however, it is certainly a great idea to modify the narrative by giving Flash this role. Considering his friendly bond with Spider-Man and Mania, we are eager to see how this new Anti-Venom turns out to be!
This six-part story will continue with Amazing Spider-Man #792, which will be available in stores on December 13.