The Origin of V.E.N.O.M. Part 1

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M.A.S.K.: Mobile Armored Strike Kommand #6
"The Origin of V.E.N.O.M. Part 1"
Publisher IDW Publishing, Ted Adams
First published May 17, 2017
Cover date April 2017
Written by Brandon Easton
Art by Juan Samu
Colors by Jordi Escuin
Letters by Gilberto Lazcano
Editor David Hedgecock
Editorial assistant David Mariotte

Before Matt Trakker can plan for the future of M.A.S.K., he must look into the past of V.E.N.O.M.


Hopefully this side of the table is doing better.
Well, we're certainly off to a fantastic start.

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Featured characters[edit]

Characters in italic text appear only in flashbacks.
(Numbers indicate order of appearance.)



Continuity notes[edit]

  • The backstories for the Vanessa Warfield and Sly Rax were first hinted at in the Revolution trading cards given away through Humble Bundle. The info on the cards was later expanded into full profiles printed in the M.A.S.K. Annual 2017 and Hasbro Heroes Sourcebook.
  • Dr. Mindbender returns to M.A.S.K. after his appearance in the Revolution one-shot.
  • The issue ends with what appears to be a flashback to Bruno's accident, with the Rhino set on fire. This explains why the Rhino Bruno drives in the post-Revolution M.A.S.K. issues appears different than the one that appeared in the event.

M.A.S.K. references[edit]

Other Hasbro franchise references[edit]

  • Christopher Lavigne, the military police officer who arrests Sly Rax, is the real identity of the G.I. Joe MP Law, making his IDW debut with this issue. Sadly, his German Shepard, Order, is nowhere to be seen.
    • Unlike his original counterpart, the IDW incarnation is a lieutenant rather than a corporal.


  • Dr. Mindbender is once again referred to as "Dr. Bender" rather than "Dr. Singh".
  • Rax's sunglasses frequently change between having a bridge between two lenses or not.
  • Bruno's cybernetics have once again been flipped to the right side of his face.

Other notes[edit]

  • Solicited for release in April, this issue arrives a month late in May.

Covers (4)[edit]

  • Regular cover:
  • Subscription cover A: The M.A.S.K. team, by Alex Milne and Josh Perez.
  • Subscription cover B:
  • Retailer incentive cover: