Wounded Warriors Project, an honorable organization that helps injured soldiers reacclimate into society after the debilitating physical and emotional burdens of war, gets a boost of morale in an upcoming storyline for Marvel's Venom: Space Knight. Since 2003, the nonprofit veterans outreach group has been a constant source of spiritual and inspirational support to our men and women in the armed services who have suffered serious injuries on the battlefield following the terrorist attacks of 9/11, with an annual wave of special events, charity programs and services. Now Marvel Comics will address the foundation and its beneficial role with a unique storyline in this week's issue of Venom: Space Knight, centered around the Silver Age character of Peter Parker classmate, Flash Thompson.
It was first revealed in 2008's Amazing Spider-Man #574 that Thompson had lost both legs while serving in Iraq, and this new story, written by Robbie Thompson with art by Ariel Olivetti, guided by Wounded Warrior Project spokesman and double amputee Dan Nevins, has Flash receiving a pair of hi-tech prosthetic legs and delves into dealing with the acceptance of his new limbs and the difficult rehabilitation process.
“Working with Wounded Warrior Project has been an invaluable part of the process of writing Venom: Space Knight,” said Thompson. “Dan Nevins' insight was inspiring, generous and deeply moving, allowing us to create a more realistic character and story for the book. I'm forever grateful for their ongoing help and guidance."
“Marvel’s team has put so much time and consideration into the development of the Flash Thompson character as he faces this physical and emotional battle that many combat veterans have faced and are facing right now,” said Nevins. “While the story itself is clearly sci-fi/fantasy, this storyline will bring awareness to the very real struggle of the obvious and not-so-obvious challenges in having lost limbs in combat, and to ultimately showcase the fortitude and resilience of the warriors Flash Thompson represents.”
This motivating new story kicks off in Marvel's Venom: Space Knight #3 in comic shops and digital on Jan. 27. Check out the five-page preview in the gallery below and tell us if you salute this patriotic collaboration.