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The Best Venom Storylines In Comics

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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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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • Issues: Amazing Spider-Man #300

    Writer: Todd McFarlane

    Artist: Todd McFarlane

     

    Legendary artist/writer Todd McFarlane made major waves when he took over the adventures of Spider-Man, but none of his contributions made a larger impact that the introduction of Venom. The sadistic symbiote made his debut in the milestone 300th issue of Amazing Spider-Man, and few villains can claim to have made a more terrifying first impression on readers.

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    Issues: Amazing Spider-Man #378-380, Spectacular Spider-Man #201-203, Spider-Man #35-37, Spider-Man Unlimited #1-2, & Web of Spider-Man #101-103

    Writer: Tom DeFalco & Terry Kavanagh

    Artist: David Michelinie & JM DeMatteis

    The ‘90s were an era of massive, sprawling crossovers that took over multiple titles, and Maximum Carnage is one of the most memorable examples. When the murderous maniac Carnage assembles a team of villainous symbiotes bent on destruction, Venom must reluctantly team-up with the hated Spider-Man to prevent wholesale slaughter.

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