The upcoming issue of Marvel Comics' “Venom Space Knight” storyline will see Flash Thompson give up the Venom suit and receive prosthetic legs, the publisher confirmed in a press release obtained by Blasting News on Tuesday, Jan. 26.

According to Marvel, writer Robbie Thompson (Spider-man, Silk, Guardians of Infinity) worked alongside the Wounded Warrior Project’s Dan Nevins to help show readers the day-to-day hurdles a double amputee must face.

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“Working with Wounded Warrior Project has been an invaluable part of the process of writing Venom: Space Knight,” Thompson said in the press release. “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."

While the storyline sees Thompson (who lost his legs in Iraq) as Venom, working with the Guardians of the Galaxy in a cool sci-fi adventure, Marvel and Wounded Warrior want it to be remembered as a far more human story.

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Illustrated by comics veteran Ariel Olivetti (Star Wars, Annihilation, Carnage) comic fans can expect a realistic look at overcoming and conquering disability. At the same time, traditional comic book fans will get their fill with plenty of action; over the course of the issue, Thompson deals with everything from a planet made of volcanos to snake-haired alien ladies.

“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,” says Dan Nevins, WWP spokesperson, who consulted on the Venom: Space Knight script.

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“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.”

Venom: Space Night #3 will be available both digitally and in comic book stores on Jan. 27.

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