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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!

  • 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: 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.

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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: 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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