Another gripping issue of Venom, this title really is excellent, and the fact that it’s about a C-List character who’s already had terrible things happen to him like getting his legs blown off, well it means that you have to expect the unexpected, it keeps you, and Flash, on your symbiotic toes. This issue was the first chapter of the big ‘Savage Six’ arc, and it was a cracker, with Flash having to protect Betty Brant against attacks from Jack O’Lantern, Megatak and the new Toxin, Eddie Brock. Remender and Bunn did brilliantly with Flash’s inner monologue here, you could feel the panic he was going through, the whole issue felt urgent. I also really liked how the series continues to play up the ‘dark reflection of Spider-Man’ aspect of Venom, as Flash and Betty have their own Gwen falling from the bridge moment. Luckily it doesn’t end like it did for Gwen though. The ending was a real surprise too, Flash reveals his identity to Betty, I certainly wasn’t expecting that. Let’s just hope that he doesn’t make a deal with Satan so she forgets! Another cool element of this book that popped up again in this issue was the way it treats Peter Parker, he’s presented here as just one of Flash and Betty’s friends, if you didn’t know any better you’d have no idea he was Spider-Man. It’s cool that our main character’s lack of knowledge is reflected in the reader’s and that Remender doesn’t do cheap nudge nudge wink wink gags about it.