As part of an announced ‘Fresh Start’ for their line of superhero comics, Marvel Comics has followed the revelation of a relaunched hero focused Avengers series with one that features a symbiotic anti-hero. This May the publisher is set to relaunch Venom.
Doctor Strange & Thanos writer Donny Cates will write the new series alongside former Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows artist Ryan Stegman.
According to ComicBook.com, the new series will see Eddie Brock and the symbiote moving beyond their recent mission to protect the streets of New York to take on a 1000-year old primordial threat.
“It’s unlike any foe Eddie, or the Symbiote has ever faced,” Stegman said. “It’s something that’s incredibly old, and unbelievably powerful with ties to not only the symbiote’s dark past but the Marvel Universe itself. This is a horror story thousands of years in the making. That being said, this is a story that you can jump RIGHT into with our first issue. If you’ve ever wanted to come read about Eddie Brock and his handsome fanged friend, Venom #1 in May is the PERFECT jumping on point!”
While Brock and the symbiote will be taking on this threat, not everything between the symbiotic duo is going well.
“Things are not great for Eddie as our story begins,” Cates said. “Something has happened to his other that….well, I don’t want to spoil too much, but for the first time in a very long time, Eddie is scared of his own shadow. Something is changing between them. And it’s…disturbing, to say the least. But I wouldn’t necessarily say that it’s a symbiote-focused story really. The greatest Venom stories, to me at least, are a mixture of the alien outside and the human inside. And that’s something that’s incredibly important to Ryan and I. We’ll be delving into what makes Eddie tick as much as we’ll be uncovering the mysteries of his other. Both of these characters have so much darkness in their past, you know? There’s a reason they are attracted to one another the way they are. There’s a reason they need each other.”
This new title comes as the character is celebrating a 30th anniversary, has a big mini-event coming later this spring and a big solo film starring Tom Hardy coming to theaters this fall.
Venom #1 arrives in May.