Confirmed: VENOM Ends With October's #42

Venom #42 Cover - the final issue
Credit: Marvel Comics

Earler today on, the publisher confirmed earlier speculation that the ongoing series Venom would be concluding after its 42nd issue in October. The series had been absent from the publisher’s recent November 2013 solicitations, leading many fans and journalists to speculate about a possible cancellation which ultimately turned true.

Launched in March 2011 by Rick Remender and Tony Moore, this Venom series saw the dark symbiote under control of the U.S. government and used as a weapon of sorts when combined with an approved host, in this case Amazing Spider-Man alum Flash Thompson. Thompson, who is best known as a high school friend (and sometimes bully) of Peter Parker, joined the military after high school and came back from the service missing his lower limbs and in a wheelchair until being tied to the Venom symbiote.

In an interview that followed the announcement, series writer Cullen Bunn said that in the final issue he would “try to weave in elements that we’ve seen from the beginning: Flash’s struggle with alcoholism; his relationship with his dad; his injuries. All these things have made him who he is.”

Recent issues of Venom have featured the introduction of a new character called Mania, and Bunn promises that he’ll be able to finish her origin before the series concludes.

“It’s an action-packed few issues, but I think there’s a lot of heart to the story you’ll be reading, especially when it comes to Flash and Andi [aka Mania],” Bunn said in the interview with Marvel’s Ben Morse. “The final issue is very personal to me for a number of reasons that we can discuss once it’s been published.”

Check back with Newsarama in the next few days for a more expansive exit interview with Bunn about Venom and the future of both Flash Thompson and the symbiote.

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