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IGN: Venom #3 Review

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Marvel's newest Venom comic features an unique subversion of the usual formula. Normally, the Venom symbiote itself is treated as little more than a dangerous tool, while its host is the real protagonist. This time around, the symbiote is the hero fighting against the negative influence of its human host. That subversion is this book's greatest strength, but it also highlights just how bland that new host is. Apparently, readers can't get them a Venom who does both.

The series continues to frustrate because Lee price isn't a very compelling character in his own right. He feels a little too much like a mash-up of Eddie Brock and Flash Thompson (being a morally ambiguous protagonist with a military background) and still lacks any real distinguishing qualities. The book's impetus comes mainly from the constant conflict between Lee and the symbiote. It's fascinating to see the costume treated as a character in its own right, one who's terrified of having all its hard-won progress being stolen away by its new host. This issue tends to be at its strongest when writer Mike Costa focuses on the history of the symbiote and its current emotional struggle, and less so when dealing with Lee and his criminal double dealings.

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