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Hey Third Eye Faithful,
Like many of you, we too are children of the ’90s, and as such, we’ve got an extra soft spot in our hearts for the menacing symbiotic duo known as VENOM!
With the upcoming VENOM film around the corner, we wanted to help you get an early jump on catching up on ol’ Eddie Brock and all his related symbiotic siblings!
And, hey – there’s no better time to do it than now, because guess what: 2018 is the 30th Anniversary of VENOM!
So, read on, find out about some of our favorite VENOM tales of years past, as well as what you can expect to come from the WEB OF VENOM!
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WHAT’S UP WITH VENOM RIGHT NOW?
Well, there’s a ton going on with Venom in 2018, and we’ve put together a pretty handy way for you to get caught up on all things VENOM!
Check out our WEB OF VENOM checklist below, which outlines the full reading order & rundown of what Eddie Brock and Venom have been up to for the last couple of years.
From there, you can get caught up, just in time for this Summer’s huge VENOMIZED mini-series, which will set the stage for the highly anticipated new ongoing VENOM series from DONNY CATES (THANOS WINS) and RYAN STEGMAN (SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN)
WHAT’S UP WITH THE FUTURE OF VENOM?
Starting this April, all things VENOM come to a head, as the big storyline that will set the stage for Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s highly anticipated new ongoing VENOM series kicks off in VENOMIZED #1
In the VENOMIZED mini-series, the story that began in VENOMVERSE reaches its epic conclusion with VENOMIZED! The POISONS, a species that hungers for super-powered symbiotes and their hosts, have picked their next target…THE MARVEL UNIVERSE ITSELF!
Their first objective? Put every superhuman in a Klyntar symbiote – and CONSUME THEM! But with VENOM and the X-MEN still missing after the events of “Poison-X,” the planet, and its heroes, is defenseless!
This will be the big finale to all the crazy symbiote-planet stuff that’s been running through the VENOM books for the last year or so, and will set the stage for what is easy the most anticipated VENOM series since the iconic RICK REMENDER & TONY MOORE run from a few years back!
AND, WHAT’S THIS ABOUT THE NEW VENOM ONGOING SERIES?
That’s right, Third Eye Faithful, as part of Marvel’s initiative to roll out an exciting, refocused line of ongoing series featuring their biggest icons paired up with some of the biggest all-star talent in comics, VENOM will be taking center-stage and featuring one of the hottest creative teams we’ve seen in a while.
The dream team of DONNY CATES ( THANOS WINS, DOCTOR STRANGE, GOD COUNTRY ) and RYAN STEGMAN ( SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN ) will be joining forces to deliver the best looking VENOM series we’ve seen in nearly a decade.
In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – VENOM!
Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock!
Join two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, for a VENOM adventure a thousand years in the making!
CELEBRATE THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF VENOM WITH THE VENOM 30TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANTS IN APRIL!
The 30th anniversary of the Lethal Protector is such a big deal that Marvel is rolling out a bunch of sick variants to help celebrate, and we’re going to have ’em all at Third Eye this April.
Each cover features a superstar artist depicting iconic moments in Venom’s history.
Wanna pre-order a full set and get all 20 of the covers at normal cover price of 84.99?
Visit us in-store before 3/18 and inquire about pre-ordering a set at the counter, or you can click here to pre-order a set for in-store pick up via our website.
Check out our gallery below featuring 17 of the 20 VENOM 30th Anniversary variants.
We’ll be adding the remaining 3 covers as soon as the art becomes available.
Here’s our checklist of the VENOM 30th Anniversary Covers!
VENOM #164 VENOM 30TH VAR JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER – 4/4/18
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #798 VENOM 30TH VAR TERRY & RACHEL DODSON – 4/4/18
NEW MUTANTS DEAD SOULS #2 VENOM 30TH VAR BENGAL – 4/4/18
X-MEN GOLD #25 VENOM 30TH VAR NAUCK – 4/4/18
ALL NEW WOLVERINE #33 VENOM 30TH VAR DUSTIN WEAVER – 4/4/18
MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE #5 VENOM 30TH VAR DAVE JOHNSON – 4/4/18
AVENGERS #687 VENOM 30TH VAR JAMAL CAMPBELL – 4/4/18
X-MEN RED #3 VENOM 30TH VAR INHYUK LEE – 4/11/18
X-MEN BLUE #25 VENOM 30TH VAR FRANCAVILLA – 4/11/18
CAPTAIN AMERICA #700 VENOM 30TH VAR KALMAN ANDRASOFZSKY – 4/11/18
THANOS #18 VENOM 30TH VAR MIKE PERKINS – 4/11/18
DOCTOR STRANGE #388 VENOM 30TH VAR CHRIS STEVENS – 4/11/18
OLD MAN LOGAN #38 VENOM 30TH VAR GREG SMALLWOOD – 4/11/18
DAREDEVIL #601 VENOM 30TH VAR RAMON PEREZ – 4/18/18
WEAPON H #2 VENOM 30TH VAR MIKE MAYHEW – 4/18/18
BLACK PANTHER #172 VENOM 30TH VAR GREG HORN – 4/18/18
INFINITY COUNTDOWN #2 VENOM 30TH VAR RON LIM – 4/18/18
MIGHTY THOR #706 VENOM 30TH VAR CHRIS BAGLEY – 4/18/18
INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #599 VENOM 30TH VAR ACKHO – 4/25/18
PETER PARKER SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #303 VENOM 30TH VAR LIEFELD – 4/25/18
OK, OK, I’M OFFICIALLY STOKED ON ALL THINGS VENOM — WHAT VENOM CLASSICS SHOULD I READ?
We know you’re pumped for all things Venom, and we’ve put together 5 of our favorite VENOM graphic novels to help you catch up on some of our favorite key moments in the character’s history.
VENOM by RICK REMENDER
Our first recommendation is VENOM by RICK REMENDER, a two graphic novel series, which collects what is probably the best run of VENOM we’ve read to date.
Featuring the incredible art of WALKING DEAD artist TONY MOORE, and the stunning storytelling of SEVEN TO ETERNITY writer RICK REMENDER, this run is one of best written, best illustrated takes on the character we’ve ever seen.
And, this ain’t even the Eddie Brock VENOM!
In this run, Flash Thompson is Spider-Man’s biggest fan.
That hero worship inspired him to join the Army, where he became a decorated war hero.
And though he lost his legs, Flash never lost his dignity – or his desire to serve.
Now, the government has offered him a chance to don the alien Venom symbiote and be a hero once again!
Flash Thompson is Venom, the government’s most lethal special operative. But Flash soon finds himself losing control of his own mind to the symbiote!
And when his nemesis, Jack O’Lantern, blackmails Flash into serving the merciless Crime-Master, can Venom complete his mission and save his loved ones?
Plus: What if the Venom symbiote bonded with…Deadpool?!
BIRTH OF VENOM
Looking for the origins of VENOM? The BIRTH OF VENOM collection takes you back to the start, and is packed with all that early McFarlane goodness that still stands up as some of the best darn VENOM stuff around.
In BIRTH OF VENOM, the Beyonder’s Battleworld might seem a strange place to get new threads, but it’s Spider-Man who becomes unraveled when his shape-changing costume attempts to darken his life as well as his fashion sense!
But ridding himself of his riotous raiment proves an even greater mistake when its alien enmity bonds with mortal madness to form our hero’s most dedicated decimator!
Plus: the first appearances of Puma and the Rose! Mary Jane Watson’s startling secret! And the debut of the battling…Bag-Man!?
Guest-starring the Black Cat, the Fantastic Four and more! Collecting SECRET WARS #8; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #252-259, #298-300 and #315-317; FANTASTIC FOUR #274; and WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #1; AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #10.
VENOM SEPARATION ANXIETY
The ’90s were packed with awesome VENOM stories, and the VENOM SEPARATION ANXIETY collection is loaded with a bunch of those iconic VENOM mini-series and specials!
The lethal protector continues his symbiotic crusade as the most fearsome antihero in comics!
But the bounty hunter Mace and the Sunrise Society may well bring an end to Eddie Brock’s new dawn! If not, perhaps the demonic vigilante Vengeance will be Venom’s undoing when the two dark warriors are targeted by the Stalkers!
Then again, Venom might end up caught in the familiar yet different web of the amazing, spectacular…Scarlet Spider?
One way or another, Eddie and his other half are heading for some separation anxiety. But while the alien parasite begins a quest to reunite with Brock, five symbiotic spawns of Venom get to him first! Is this the end of a fearsome friendship?
Collecting VENOM: THE MACE #1-3, VENOM: NIGHTS OF VENGEANCE #1-4, WEB OF SPIDER-MAN (1985) #118-119, SPIDER-MAN (1990) #52-53 and VENOM: SEPARATION ANXIETY #1-4.
VENOM VOL. 1 HOMECOMING
This is where the VENOM revival truly began, as the VENOM symbiote returns and finds a new host who may be its most loathsome host yet.
This is the arc that leads to the symbiote and Eddie Brock eventually reuniting, and is a great place to get back into the world of VENOM in the modern day.
In VENOM VOL.1 HOMECOMING, Venom is back in his classic form, and deadlier than ever!
The symbiote you know and love has returned to New York City. No more “Agent of the Cosmos.”
No more “Lethal Protector.”
It’s time for a new Venom, and it’s great to be bad. But now that Venom is back on Earth, just who has bonded with him – and turned him back into a slathering, fanged monster?
As the symbiote returns to its old ways, sink your teeth into the deadliest Venom story yet! One that will draw old friends – like Mac Gargan, the Scorpion!
And a certain other former host of the Venom symbiote, known for web-slinging, wall-crawling and wisecracking!
That’s right: It’s Venom vs. Spider-Man like never before!
SPIDER-MAN: MAXIMUM CARNAGE
Simply the most iconic symbiote-centric storyline of all time, MAXIMUM CARNAGE is just as much a VENOM story as it is a CARNAGE story, and is kind of the ground zero for all things symbiote in the Marvel Universe.
Carnage, the spawn of Venom, has assembled an army of Spider-Man’s criminally insane adversaries to spread his message of hostility, chaos and wholesale slaughter: Carrion, Demogoblin, Shriek and the Spider-Man Doppelganger! Outmanned and overpowered, the wall-crawler must recruit his own band of super-beings to combat the rising tide of evil: Black Cat, Cloak & Dagger, Firestar, Captain America, Deathlok and … Venom?!
Spider-Man’s worst enemy becomes his uneasy ally in the battle to halt Carnage’s mad rampage. But when he finds himself at odds with a number of his allies, who want to finish
Carnage and his cronies once and for all, Spider-Man must decide whether to violate his personal code of honor to rid the world of pure evil.
Can the web-slinger find an alternative before it’s too late? Either choice carries dire consequences!
OK, Third Eye Faithful – so, now that you’re pretty much hooked up on all things VENOM.
Come on by & see us at Third Eye, and check out some of these killer reads!