Venom: Lethal Protector
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|Venom: Lethal Protector|
Cover to Venom: Lethal Protector #1, "Darksoul Drifting", February 1993. Art by Mark Bagley
|Publication date||February – July 1993|
|No. of issues||6|
|Main character(s)||Eddie Brock|
|Written by||David Michelinie|
|Penciller(s)||Mark Bagley (#1-3)|
Ron Lim (#4-6)
Sam DeLarosa (#4-6)
|Inker(s)||Sam DeLarosa (#1-3)|
Rick Parker (#3)
|Venom: Lethal Protector||ISBN 0-7851-0107-1|
Venom: Lethal Protector was a six-issue comic book limited series featuring the Eddie Brock Venom, published by Marvel Comics from February 1993 to July 1993. It was written by David Michelinie and illustrated mostly by Mark Bagley, although Ron Lim and series colorist Sam DeLarosa pencilled the last three issues.
Before the story begins, Venom makes an agreement with Spider-Man that they will leave each other alone, on the condition that Venom commits no crimes. Venom then moves from New York City to San Francisco, and takes up with a group of Californian mole people. Shortly thereafter, Orwell Taylor, the father of one of Venom's victims seeks him out with a group of super-powered mercenaries to take revenge.
Spider-Man, seeing misleading coverage of Venom on television, heads to San Francisco to confront him and instead winds up fighting alongside Venom against five new offspring of the Venom Symbiote: Scream, Phage, Riot, Lasher, and Agony.
In July 1995, the series was collected in a trade paperback with new cover art by Simon Bisley (ISBN 0-7851-0107-1). In February 2011, the series was reprinted in a new second edition trade paperback, complete with a new cover (using the same cover art as issue #5 of the series) (ISBN 978-0-7851-5847-9). In February 2018, a new third edition trade paperback was released, now using the same cover art as issue #1 of the series as the book's cover (ISBN 978-1-3029-1176-8).
In other media
- The Lethal Protector storyline serves as one of the two stories for the basis for the plot of the 2018 film Venom alongside Planet of the Symbiotes as confirmed by director Ruben Fleischer and actor Tom Hardy. As with the original comic, Venom is set in San Francisco.
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