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May, 2017

  • 26 May

    Venomverse: Living on the Edge

    Eddie Brock returned to his symbiote roots this week in VENOM #150. That reunion will also lead to an immense Venom-ization of various characters across the Marvel Universe.

    EDGE OF VENOMVERSE launches in June. Each issue focuses on a Venom-ized character with a different creative team. The first issue, by Matthew Rosenberg and Roland Boschi, will showcase X-23—aka the All-New Wolverine—and her struggles as she deals with not only escaping the Facility, but also the symbiote trying to take over her mind and body.

    We talked with Boschi about combining Laura’s sharpness with the fluidity of the symbiotes, plus his experience working with Rosenberg on helping to set up this major event.

    Marvel.com: This project is unique in that it’s using each issue to introduce a new character for the Venomverse story by a different creative team. How does that experience differ than some of your other work?

    Roland Boschi: At first I previewed a sample of the amazing Venomverse covers when Marvel hired me on X-23. Then you realize that you’re part of a big crossover. It’s totally thrilling!

    Marvel.com: The Venom version of X-23 looks like just about the most dangerous character of all time! How was it coming up with that look?

    Roland Boschi: I truly enjoyed the character of Laura in the movie “Logan” recently, how versatile she can be, from the silent young girl to the savage killer. Mix that with Venom’s symbiote and there is indeed a scary character! I try to show [Laura’s] face through the dark tendrils as much as I can, especially when her humanity speaks before she unleashes the symbiote!

    Edge of Venomverse #1 preview inks by Roland Boschi
    Edge of Venomverse #1 preview pencils by Roland Boschi
    Edge of Venomverse #1 preview inks by Roland Boschi

    Edge of Venomverse #1 preview pencils by Roland Boschi

    Marvel.com: What are the key elements of X-23’s character that will remain even given her Venom-induced transformation?

    Roland Boschi: She is constantly fighting the hunger of the symbiote and it looks like she finally almost handles it. The claws, high velocity, and healing factor of X-23 remain, plus the vicious Venom skills!

    Marvel.com: Symbiotes have always been very striking visually as they seem like they’re always moving. Is that something you try to convey on the page?

    Roland Boschi: Absolutely; make tendrils in motion and spread them all around the page as much as possible!

    Marvel.com: How was it working with Matthew on this kick-off to a big event?

    Roland Boschi: I haven’t had the chance to meet Matthew so far, but it’s a true honor to be working with him. The first reading of his script was immediately exciting with the action sequences and X-23 infected by the symbiote, but I enjoyed even more the second part, focused on teenagers, living their wild life and meeting Laura.

    X-23 struggles with her symbiote in the pages of EDGE OF VENOMVERSE #1, out June 28 by Matthew Rosenberg and Roland Boschi!

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  • 26 May

    Flashback Friday: Venom

    Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

    Some lives remain so intertwined that you can’t imagine them separating for too long. That’s the case with Eddie Brock and his Spider-Man-hating symbiote. Together they’ve menaced the Web-Head, played hero, and split up only to get back together in the pages of this week’s VENOM #150. With these two back together, it’s the perfect time to look back at their complicated history. The symbiote itself actually appeared first back in 1984’s SECRET WARS #8, covering Peter Parker in a black costume after his traditional one got shredded. Upon returning to Earth, the Wall-Crawler kept the alien duds for a while.

    Eventually, thanks to some tests performed by Reed Richards, Peter came to understand he wore an actual living being as a costume, one that did not take kindly to being removed from its host and briefly held in Mr. Fantastic’s lab. After being broken out of the extra-terrestrial contamination containment tube, the symbiote searched for a new host and possessed Peter only to separate after being exposed to extreme sonic distress in a bell tower as seen in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #1.

    For a while after that, Spidey found himself assaulted by a mysterious assailant who did not set off his Spider Sense. The culprit came to the forefront in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #299 and #300 when Eddie Brock made the scene as the symbiote-clad Venom! Brock explained why he hated Spider-Man so much: he had been a reporter for the Daily Globe, working on a series of stories about the Sin-Eater based on the confessions of a man named Emil Gregg. Just after his last piece hit, revealing Gregg’s identity, Spidey defeated the villain and unmasked none other than…Stan Carter. Humiliated and fired, Brock developed a rage-filled opinion of our hero that attracted the symbiote and they built a partnership based on their shared hatred.

    Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #300

    Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #300

    • Published: May 10, 1988
    • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 26, 2008
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    Venom became one of the most popular characters of the late 80s and early 90s, returning on many occasions to plague Spider-Man. Many years later, Brock sold off the symbiote for $100 million and eventually suffered from cancer and delusions that Venom still controlled him even though they had separated. Though the U.S. Government eventually bonded the symbiote with Flash Thompson, who would go on a series of space adventures that seemingly healed the angry alien, but when the latest VENOM series launched, it saw a new person filling the suit until Eddie Brock came back into its life!

    Flash Forward

    For a time, Eddie and Venom played hero together, but eventually fell off the wagon, so to speak. After selling the symbiote, Brock found himself bonded with another, this one called Anti-Venom. Not long after that, the former Lethal Protector took it upon himself to kill any and all symbiotes he came across. After succeeding with Scream and Hybrid, he failed to kill Flash Thompson and wound up attached to Toxin, Carnage’s offspring. Brock used that symbiote in his efforts to kill his own “child” over the course of the CARNAGE series. Who knows what will happen between those two now that they’re both back in symbiotic action?

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  • 26 May

    Phoenix Comicon Bans Props After Armed Man Arrested

    The man allegedly made threats to harm a performer and posted online threats against police officers.read more

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  • 26 May

    ONI PRESS AUGUST 2017 Solicitations

    RICK & MORTY, THE TEA DRAGON SOCIETY, the return of NIGHT'S DOMINION, and more.

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  • 26 May

    PHOENIX COMICON Bans Cosplay Weapons After Real Weapons Arrest

    A man carrying real weapons at PHOENIX COMIC-CON has resulted in a ban on all weapons - real and fake.

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  • 26 May

    DARK HORSE COMICS AUGUST 2017 Solicitations

    ALIENS, AMERICAN GODS, and more.

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  • 26 May

    BIFF TANNEN’s PLEASURE PARADISE Opens Its Doors

    In a preview of BACK TO THE FUTURE: BIFF TO THE FUTURE #5.

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  • 26 May

    The Lazarus Contract: Blast From the Past

    The Lazarus Contract: Blast From the Past

    This week part three of “The Lazarus Contract” hit the pages of Deathstroke and things are finally starting to fall into place.

    ...Which may or may not be a good thing for just about everyone involved.

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  • 26 May

    DC Super Hero Girls Prepare for Battle in Intergalactic Games

    DC Super Hero Girls Prepare for Battle in Intergalactic Games Super Hero High is a place for young heroes to learn all the usual subjects and life lessons one studies in high school and also how to use their super powers and skills for the g...

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  • 26 May

    DC’S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW Season 3 Line-up Revealed

    Here's DC's LEGENDS OF TOMORROW's Season 3 Waverunner Crew.

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  • 26 May

    ROCKET Goes Full On Mech-Suit in ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #4 First Look

    Rocket's got some real firepower under the hood in this preview of ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #4.

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  • 26 May

    LEGO MARVEL SUPERHEROES 2 Trailer Introduces LEGO ROCKET & GROOT, MS. MARVEL, SPIDER-GWEN & More

    Here's the official announcement trailer for LEGO MARVEL SUPERHEROES 2.

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