- Yes, we make a great hero! We can bash with the best of them! Heh heh. We'll be back!
- -- Venom
Appearing in "Necromancer"
- Abby Rubin
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker) (Illusion)
- Wolverine (Logan) (Illusion)
- Ghost Rider (Mentioned)
- Scarmore Inc.
- Charles Xavier (Mentioned)
Synopsis for "Necromancer"
Trapped in the Realm of Insanity, Venom is attacked by the demon known as Necromancer. The creature has taken on the form based on one of his previous foes, the Ghost Rider.[Continuity 1] Venom is disorientated because of the voices that are in his head. He demands to know who they are, and they tell him that they are a cancer much like the symbiote that Brock first allowed to bond with him.[Continuity 2] As Eddie, the Venom symbiote, and the Mercury Virus all begin arguing with each other, Venom is ambushed by Paranoia - who continues to sow doubt in Brock.
While in San Francisco, the Juggernaut contacts Mr. Darby of Scarmore Inc. to ask what he should do with Beck Underwood, the lawyer trying to expose Scarmore's chemical dumping. He is upset when he is told to sit tight with the woman as his prisoner because he doesn't like having to think about the jobs that he is hired to do. Beck tries to get Juggernaut to talk to her, and the subject leads to her relationship with Venom. Beck admits she has feelings for Eddie Brock, but she has been concerned since he was exposed to viral toxic waste that has been preying on his sanity. That's when the Juggernaut reveals to her that Venom had killed a janitor at Scarsmore Inc. the night before. This horrifies Beck because she realizes that it was her words that convinced Eddie to go out and do this. As the Juggernaut turns on the television, a news editorial plays suggesting that lawsuits, particularly the one by Beck, are ruining the country by wasting taxpayers' money.
Back in the Realm of Insanity, Venom manages to fight off the bats that Paranoia has summoned to swarm him. Commanding his symbiote to create claws on his hands, Venom impales Paranoia. Paranoia flees, leaving the symbiote to be ambushed by Necromancer again. However, this time Venom is ready for him and seemingly slays him as well. The leader of the demons, Dusk, appears and sends illusions of Spider-Man and Wolverine after Venom, mocking the notion of costumed heroes and villains by declaring all of them to be insane.[Continuity 3] As Venom fights out these illusions, Dusk tries to push him further toward insanity. However, Brock has figured out that Dusk has been attempting to feed off his insanity. Although Venom has won, Dusk tells him that he is insane, otherwise, this realm would have destroyed him. With that, Dusk transports Venom back to San Francisco. At that moment in the underground city that Venom calls home, Abby Rubin blames himself for Venom murdering an innocent person. While at Juggernaut's safehouse, Beck decides that she forgives Venom for committing murder because the mercury virus made him do it.[Continuity 4] A news report about Mr. Darby turning on Scarsmore suddenly comes on the television, stating he has turned over evidence that proves they were illegally dumping. Elsewhere, Venom discovers that the mercury virus in his body has begun to die.
With a police dragnet surrounding his safe-house, Juggernaut begins to panic. Venom comes crashing through the roof, no longer under the influence of the mercury virus. Despite this, Venom is able to hold his own against the Juggernaut. However, Beck tells them to stop fighting, pointing out that it is all over. Juggernaut has had enough and decides to escape. With the police surrounding the area, Beck reminds Venom of his promise to protect the people of the underground city and that he needs to disappear before the authorities catch him.[Continuity 5] However, she tells Eddie that she cannot be with him because he frightens her. This hurts Venom, but she assures Venom that while he has lost a potential lover, he has gained a friend. After sharing one last kiss, Venom returns to the sewers where he excretes the viral mercury back where it came from - offering to bond with it again in the future. Gloating over his recent victories, Venom revels in being a hero now and vows that he will be back.
- Necromancer clashed with Ghost Rider in Marvel Comics Presents #128–130.
- How Eddie Brock allowed himself to be bonded to the symbiote is explained in Amazing Spider-Man #300.
- Venom recalls his encounter with Wolverine in Marvel Comics Presents #117–122.
- Cain thinks about how he is the stupid brother of Charles Xavier. To clarify, Cain Marko is actually the step-brother of Charles Xavier as depicted in X-Men #12.
- Venom vowed to protect the people of San Francisco's underground city in Venom: Lethal Protector #6.
Venom comments that as a child he was scared by the story of the Headless Horseman; the villain in the story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"
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