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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: 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Issues: Venom: Space Knight #1-12

    Writer: Robbie Thompson

    Artist: Ariel Olevetti

    The idea of Venom cavorting around space may initially seem weird, but it makes more sense once one realizes that the symbiote has always had extraterrestrial origins. Space Knight sees Flash Thompson, the “Agent Venom” version of the character, learning more about the backstory of his alien suit and teaming up with a bounty hunting panda bear.

     

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