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VENOM DARK ORIGIN #1

Written by ZEB WELLS
Pencils & Cover by ANGEL MEDINA
On the unlikely day when an embittered, washed-up journalist met a spurned symbiotic organism from an alien planet, one of Spider-Man's greatest enemies was born - a force of evil and vengeance like no other in the Marvel Universe - VENOM! But is it as simple as that? Discover the true, twisted roots that gave rise to a lifetime of malevolence for Eddie Brock...AND the symbiote! Writer Zeb Wells (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and artist Angel Medina (SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN) shed a little light on one of Marvel's darkest monsters!
32 PGS./Rated T+

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AVENGERS INVADERS #4 (OF 12)
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TWELVE #7 (OF 12)
ULTIMATE ORIGINS #3 (OF 5)
VENOM DARK ORIGIN #1 (OF 5)
WOLVERINE KILLING MADE SIMPLE
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ARMY OF DARKNESS #11 LONG ROAD HOME
AUTHORITY #1
DETECTIVE COMICS #847 RIP
FINAL CRISIS #1 DIRECTORS CUT SPECIAL
FINAL CRISIS #3 (OF 7)
HAWKMAN SPECIAL #1
HELLBLAZER PRESENTS CHAS THE KNOWLEDGE #2 (OF 5) (MR)
HOUSE OF MYSTERY #4 (MR)
INFINITY INC #12
JACK OF FABLES #24 (MR)
JONAH HEX #34
LOONEY TUNES #165
MANHUNTER #33
NIGHTWING #147 RIP
ROBIN #176 RIP
STORMING PARADISE #2 (OF 6)
SUPERGIRL #32
TOR #4 (OF 6)
TRINITY #10
VERTIGO DOUBLE SHOT #1 (HOM/YL)
VINYL UNDERGROUND #11 (MR)
WAR THAT TIME FORGOT #4 (OF 12)
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SPECIAL FORCES #3 (OF 6)
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BETTY #175
BEYOND #3 (OF 5)
BOND OF SAINT MARCEL #1 (OF 6) (MR)
BOYS #21 (MR)
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER #17
CROSSED #0 (OF 9) (MR)
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DRAGON CROSS #7 (MR)
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FATHOM #1 CVR B CAMPBELL
FATHOM #1 CVR C TURNER
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GEARZ #2
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BETTY & VERONICA DOUBLE DIGEST #163
BRICKJOURNAL #2
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COMICS REVUE #268
DOC SAVAGE DOUBLE NOVEL VOL 19
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ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY #1004
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HEAVY METAL 0908
KITBUILDERS MAGAZINE #60
LEES TOY REVIEW #190 AUG 2008
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RUE MORGUE #81
SCRYE #124
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SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL 19
SHADOW DOUBLE NOVEL VOL 20
SHONEN JUMP SEPT 08
SKYSCRAPER #28
SPIDER-MAN MAGAZINE #2
STAR WARS INSIDER #103 NEWSTAND EDITION
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TIPS AND TRICKS 1008
TUFF STUFF'S SPORTS COLLECTORS MONTHLY 0808
WWE KIDS 1008
WWE MAGAZINE 0908
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BABY & ME GN VOL 09
BLURRED VISION VOL 04 (MR)
BOBOBO-BO BO-BOBO SHONEN JUMP ED GN VOL 01
BODY GN VOL 02
BOYS BE GN VOL 17 (OF 20) (MR)
BRAVE STORY GN VOL 05 (OF 16) (MR)
BRIT TP VOL 02 AWOL
CHRONICLES OF THE CURSED SWORD GN VOL 22 (OF 31)
COMPLETE ZOMBIES VS ROBOTS TP
COUNTDOWN ARENA TP
CTHULHU TALES TP VOL 01
D GRAY MAN GN VOL 10
DARK METRO GN VOL 02 (OF 3) (MR)
DEAD OF NIGHT FEATURING MAN-THING TP (MR)
DMZ TP VOL 05 THE HIDDEN WAR (MR)
DRAGON DRIVE TP VOL 09
DRAGON SISTER GN VOL 02 (OF 4)
ESSENTIAL MAN-THING TP VOL 02
EYESHIELD 21 TP VOL 21
FAIRIES VIDIA & THE FAIRY CROWN GN
FAIRY CUBE GN VOL 02
FLASH THE WILD WESTS HC
FOOLKILLER TP FOOLS PARADISE (MR)
GENJU NO SEIZA GN VOL 07 (OF 13) (MR)
GRENADIER GN VOL 07 (OF 7) (MR)
GRENDEL GOD & THE DEVIL TP
HANNAH MONTANA CINEMANGA GN VOL 05 (OF 10)
HARUKA BEYOND THE STREAM OF TIME GN VOL 02
HOSHIN ENGI TP VOL 08
ID ENTITY GN VOL 12 (OF 22)
INITIAL D GN VOL 31 (OF 36)
KAZE HIKARU GN VOL 10
KID HOUDINI AND THE SILVER DOLLAR MISFITS GN VOL 01
KING OF THORN GN VOL 05 (OF 6) (MR)
LITTLE QUEEN GN VOL 07 (OF 8)
MASK OMNIBUS TP VOL 01
MUHYO ROJIS BUREAU SUPER INVEST TP VOL 06
MYSTERIANS GN VOL 01 (OF 3) (MR)
NEGATION TP VOL 04 (O/A)
PLATINUM GARDEN GN VOL 07 (OF 15)
POKEMON RANGER & THE TEMPLE O/T SEA
PUNISHER PREM HC WELCOME BACK FRANK
PUNISHER PREM HC WELCOME BACK FRANK DM ED
ROSARIO VAMPIRE GN VOL 02
RUNES OF RAGNAN TP
SHORT-TEMPERED MELANCHOLIC & OTHER STORIES GN
SHOWCASE PRESENTS HOUSE OF SECRETS TP VOL 01
SPIDER-MAN J TP VOL 1 JAPANESE KNIGHTS DIGEST
ST TNG INTELLIGENCE GATHERING TP
STAR WARS DARK TIMES TP VOL 02 PARALLELS
SUGAR PRINCESS SKATING TO WIN GN VOL 01
TAIL OF THE MOON TP VOL 12
TENJHO TENGE VOL 17 (MR)
TSUKUYOMI MOON PHASE GN VOL 11 (OF 13) (MR)
VENDOR GN (MR)
VICTORIAN TP ACT 04 SELF OVERCOMING
WALT DISNEYS COMICS & STORIES #692
WALT DISNEYS VACATION PARADE #5
WORLD OF WARCRAFT HC VOL 01
WORLD WAR ROBOT TP
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GL SINESTRO CORPS SECRET FILES #1 POSTER
JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #11 POSTER
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ASST=Assortment
BK=Book
BLK=Black
BND="Brand New Day" storyline
CCG=Collectable Card Game
COLL ED=Collected Edition
CURR PRTG=Current Printing
CVR=Cover
ED=Edition
DLX=Deluxe
DWS="Divided We Stand" storyline
FRGTTN RLMS=Forgotten Realms
GN=Graphic Novel
HC=Hard Cover
INCV=Incentive Cover
LTD ED=Limited Edition
MED=Medium (as in a "Medium Sized Statue")
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MMPB=Mass Media Paper Back
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NFL=National Football League
NHL=National Hockey League
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OMD="One More Day" storyline
PKT=Pocket
PTG=Printing
PX=Previews Exclusive
(RES)=Re-solicited
RIP="Batman R.I.P." storyline
SC=Soft Cover
SER=Series
SI="Silent Invasion" storyline
SII="Silent Invasion Infiltration" storyline
TBA=To Be Announced
TKP=Tokyopop
TP=Trade Paperback
T/C=Trading Card
T/S=Tee-Shirt
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