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: 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.200119Is this arc one of the best?
Issues: Venom Vs. Carnage #1-4
Writer: Peter Milligan
Artist: Clayton Crane
Technically, Carnage is the offspring of Venom, and this series explores what happens with Carnage procreates, thus making Venom a grandfather of sorts. The new baby symbiote bonds with a NYPD officer, and Grandpa Venom must team up with Spider-Man and the Black Cat to rescue his “grandson” from its murderous sire.14496Is this arc one of the best?
Issues: Venom: Separation Anxiety #1-4
Writer: Howard Mackie
Artist: Ron Randall
This miniseries lives up to its name by literally separating Eddie Brock from his symbiote, and then forcing the now ordinary Brock to do battle with five other murderous symbiotes. All of this action comes at a time when Ben Reilly was filling in as Spider-Man, meaning this is a very different take on the traditional Venom tale.11092Is this arc one of the best?
Issues: Ultimate Spider-Man #31-36
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Mark Bagley
The Ultimate Spider-Man series was a modern retelling of the essential Spidey mythos, and it didn’t taken long for Venom to be brought into this updated universe. In this version of events, Peter Parker and Eddie Brock were more closely related to one another, with their fathers having teamed up on the experiments that would create the Venom symbiote.9288Is this arc one of the best?