Venom will relaunch in May with a new #1 from writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman, according to ComicBook. The relaunched series will pit Eddie Brock against a "primordial" new villain with roots 1000 years in the past.
“It's unlike any foe Eddie, or the Symbiote has ever faced,” Stegman said of this emerging evil. “It's something that's incredibly old, and unbelievably powerful with ties to not only the symbiote's dark past but the Marvel Universe itself. This is a horror story thousands of years in the making."
“That being said, this is a story that you can jump right into with our first issue," Stegman added. "If you've ever wanted to come read about Eddie Brock and his handsome fanged friend, Venom #1 in May is the perfect jumping on point!”
As for what else lies in store, Cates says that Brock and the the symbiote aren't exactly on the best of terms.
“Things are not great for Eddie as our story begins,” Cates explained. “Something has happened to his other that....well, I don't want to spoil too much, but for the first time in a very long time, Eddie is scared of his own shadow. Something is changing between them. And t's...disturbing, to say the least. But I wouldn't necessarily say that it's a symbiote-focused story really. The greatest Venom stories, to me at least, are a mixture of the alien outside and the human inside."
“This is the biggest, most ambitious thing I've ever attempted for sure," Cates continued. "It's such an incredible honor to be steering the Venom ship during this amazing time in the character's life. With the 30th anniversary and the movie this year, we certainly wanted to shoot for the moon here. The ramifications of the Venom title will be felt line-wide in the months and years to come. If y'all thought Thanos and Doctor Strange were insane...well, strap in, because you ain't seen nothing yet.”
“Venom is a character that I've been wanting to write since I was nine years old, and this is my opportunity to really sit down on a title and tell an enormous story."
Venom is the second May relaunch announced from Marvel following Avengers #1. The titles are part of Marvel's "fresh start" initiative.
Here's the solicitation for Venom #1. ComicBook has the cover exclusively.
Written by DONNY CATES • PencilS & COVER by RYAN STEGMAN
A VENOM NIGHTMARE 1000 YEARS IN THE MAKING!
A NEW SERIES BY DONNY CATES & RYAN STEGMAN!
In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – VENOM! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock! Join two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, for a VENOM adventure a thousand years in the making!