Denny O’Neal sold me on “Venom” during one of his Fat Man On Batman podcast appearances with Kevin Smith. It was originally issues #16-20 of Legends Of The Dark Knight from 1991. The basic premise was too much for me to pass up. Batman tracks down a kidnapped little girl but she ultimately dies in front of him because he couldn’t remove a large object that was blocking his path to her. It proved to just be too heavy. Her death torments him and as a result he begins taking Venom, the same drugs that make Bane so powerful. It has dire consequences as he gets hooked and eventually has to come to grips with it and attempt to see if he can rise above. I still think that sounds awesome. Hell, Batman even has a beard in this!!!!