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The Best Venom Storylines In Comics

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Vote up the 'Venom' comic book story arcs every fan must read.

Like any character born out of the extremity of the ‘90s, Venom has had his publishing ups and downs, but there are still a number of Venom story arcs and Venom graphic novels that will make any Marvelite form a symbiotic relationship with Eddie Brock’s personal history.

Of course, Eddie Brock isn’t the only individual to wear a symbiote, and the list of Venom’s greatest adventures includes a bunch of Venom storylines with someone else occupying the suit. However, whether it’s Brock, Flash Thompson, or even Mac Gargan wearing the alien threads, there are a few things readers can always expect to encounter in a Venom comic - violence, confusing usage of pronouns, and an unbridled hatred for all things Spider-Man!

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  • 1
    246 VOTES

    Issues: Venom #1-5

    Writer: Rick Remender

    Artist: Tony Moore

    The world was introduced to an entirely different version of the symbiotic anti-hero in this series, which saw a friend, and former bully, of Peter Parker step into the role of Venom. Flash Thompson may have been a jerk in high school, but he grew up to be a war hero who lost his legs saving troopmates in the Middle East, making him a perfect candidate to become a government-sponsored Agent Venom. Of course, the benefits of wearing a symbiote always come with a catch or two.

    246 votes
  • 2
    135 VOTES

    Issues: Venom #10-14, 13.1-13.4

    Writer: Rick Remender

    Artist: Lan Medina

    The titular Circle of Four is a group that can only be described as “excessively violent” - Agent Venom, Red Hulk, Ghost Rider, and X-23. This Fatalistic Four literally takes on the forces of hell as Mephisto makes an appearance in a story that would have long-lasting implications for each of the characters.

    135 votes
  • Issues: Venom: Lethal Protector #1-6

    Writer: David Michelinie

    Artist: Mark Bagley

    Venom became so popular in the ‘90s that it was practically inevitable an attempt would be made to rebrand him into an “anti-hero,” and that’s exactly what Lethal Protector did. This series portrays Eddie Brock as a vigilante dedicated to protecting the innocent, even if he has to do so with some excessively violent and gruesome methods.

    317 votes
  • 4
    129 VOTES

    Issues: Venom #15-22

    Writer: Rick Remender & Cullen Bunn

    Artist: Lan Medina


    Rick Remender had a short, but very memorable, run piloting the character of Agent Venom - who was secretly long-time Spider-Man frenemy Flash Thompson. The former bully was now a disabled veteran of the armed forces, but he continued to be put through the wringer in this series, culminating with this story arc in which his many enemies team up to destroy him.

    129 votes
  • Issues: Secret Wars #8; Amazing Spider-Man #252-259, #298-300 & #315-317; Fantastic Four #274 & Web of Spider-Man #1

    Writer: Various Authors

    Artist: Various Artists

    Few comic book characters have as complex a backstory as Venom does, and the entire sordid tale is conveniently collected in the Birth of Venom graphic novel. Taking readers from a war on an alien planet to the belfry of a church tower, the story of how Spider-Man gained, and then lost, his symbiotic suit makes for a dark and twisted origin tale.

    224 votes
  • 6
    172 VOTES

    Issues: Venomverse #1-5

    Writer: Cullen Bunn

    Artist: Iban Coello

    A take on the previously successful Spiderverse storyline, Venomverse sees an alternate version of Doctor Strange collecting a multiversal group of symbiotic heroes, including a Venom-ized Black Panther and Captain America, to fight a threat against existence itself. It’s the most Venom-per-square-inch that could possibly be packed into a comic book.

    172 votes