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The Best Venom Storylines In Comics 

Stephan Roget
Updated July 2, 2020 3.6k votes 821 voters 67.5k views 20 items

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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!

Agent Venom is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Venom Storylines In Comics
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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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Lethal Protector is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Venom Storylines In Comics
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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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Circle Of Four is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Venom Storylines In Comics
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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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Savage Six is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Venom Storylines In Comics
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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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