Venom: Project Rebirth 2.0

Who Is Venom?

Rick Remender and Tony Moore break new ground with the superlative symbiote

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By Ben Morse

One of the most complex entities in Spider-Man’s world stands ready for a brand new day of his own, but this time around, the Marvel Universe will experience a very different kind of Venom.

Beginning in March, 2011, longtime collaborators Rick Remender and Tony Moore reunite once more for a VENOM ongoing series unlike any other, as the deadly alien symbiote bonds with a new host familiar to fans and gets put to work as an operative of the United States government. Remender proved eager to share more details, but ran into some red tape along the way.

“Due to the volatile nature of Project Venom, the Pentagon has come in and flagged some of my answers for security concerns,” prefaces the writer. “[redacted], the enhanced, black ops agent Venom, is charged with chasing a trail across the globe to uncover the man behind a plot to sell the world’s dictators and terrorists weaponized [redacted], all while juggling a double life, and a growing addiction to a symbiote that is constantly trying to take him over.

“[The set-up for VENOM] originated with [AMAZING SPIDER-MAN writer Dan] Slott and [editor Steve] Wacker. Once they told me the basic concept, and who the main character would be, I was sold. International adventures of 00Venom, c’mon, that’s good comic booking. Dan and I worked up a few ideas for supporting cast and rules for Venom and both went off to write. The initial set up issue will be by Dan in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654.1 [and] you won’t want to miss that. Then the story picks up in VENOM #1.”

Expect VENOM to combine classic adventure in the mighty Marvel manner with espionage action and even a touch of horror.

“The tone merges the same brand of ferocious hardcore violence fans of Venom would expect with the international high-adventure of ‘The Bourne Identity,’ globe trotting from bleak Eastern European war zones to exotic Marvel Universe locations like the Savage Land,” lays out Remender. “It’s James Bond style worldwide adventuring with high stakes espionage, intrigue, fast action and an opening mission that holds the stability of the world in the balance. The result is a harsh lesson in the consequence of a secret life, and the mental duress of an exhilarating, yet temporary, [redacted].

“The chalice is poisoned; [redacted] can only wear the suit a few days at a time and the assignment itself is finite [as] for his own safety he will one day be taken off Project Venom,” he continues. “The tension is only compiled by the stress of keeping his black ops missions secret from his loved ones, the classic Spider-Man villains he’s set against, and the deep depression he begins to feel when separated from the suit and the [redacted] it offers.”

Remender reunites with artist Moore for this series, and can’t think of anybody he’d rather drag into the war zone with him.

“If you know Tony’s work from our last collaboration on PUNISHER, or Fear Agent, or his co-creation The Walking Dead, or his run on GHOST RIDER, then you know the guy can do monsters, action and distinctive tech like few others,” praises the writer. “And he’s a world-class storyteller; he puts story before all else. But, yeah, at his core, Tony is a monster guy, he loves creatures and it shows in his work. So putting him on VENOM is a no brainer in my eyes. And having seen his designs and some of the other stuff he’s got coming up, I can say with total confidence, there isn’t a better man for the job—on Earth anyway.

“Venom mixes the high-octane action stuff we do in Fear Agent with stunning monster work from our PUNISHER run. It’s a perfect middle and we’re both tremendously excited for people to see what we’ve cooked up.”

In his various incarnations, we’ve seen Venom as a lethal villain, a repentant hero, a sadistic nut job and just about everything in between; what makes Remender and Moore’s take stand apart?

“Behind the action and intrigue is [redacted], but the opportunity to become one of the most powerful people in the world in service to his country,” says Remender. “Given the difficulty controlling the nefarious symbiote, our protagonist’s mettle is well tested. Our focus isn’t the suit; it’s the man inside the suit and the sacrifice he makes by wearing it. To me, the character is a hero going in; what will the suit do to him, and will he come out a hero, remains to be seen.”

Look for the debut of the new Venom in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #654.1 in February, then pick up VENOM #1 the very next month!

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Hulkfan100
Hulkfan100

Venom in my opinion should try to take over the world with carnage and toxin and regain his place as a villian who you should bow down to or die. And also you know who venom gets on you like spiderman's black suit, it actual should cause disease after you take it of for a long time and you start turnig into a symbiote that needs to survive on energy from humans. And it starts spreading around New york.

Webspidrman
Webspidrman member

"[L]ongtime collaborators Rick Remender and Tony Moore reunite once more for a VENOM ongoing series unlike any other...."So yeah, it's ongoing. In my opinion, Venom's always deserved his own ongoing series. Plus, i like their approach of exploring the protagonist as a character over the suit. Eddie's own Venom series kind of devolved when it became about Symbiotes and the suit more than Eddie himself when he's such a badass. It even affected Spidey's series to an extent. Glad we're out of the '90's "what's the new Symbiote?" phase. ;D

Webspidrman
Webspidrman member

Yeah, Flash started out as a jerk before he became a hero, so he still has the potential to go from being a hero back to being a jerk. XD

Webspidrman
Webspidrman member

Wow, i'm so tired of the chants for Eddie Brock Venom. Eddie Brock will always be remembered as Venom, but now he's busy being Anti-Venom. And Mac Gargan is already the Scorpion. So make way for new blood! That said, the new Venom should uphold the mantle of "lethal protector" and be an anti-hero like Brock, since Anti-Venom's going to be more concerned with "curing" people of their evil than killing them. Part of the reason we love Venom is 'cause he walks the line of good and evil.That said, the new Venom needs to have another archenemy so he isn't facing Spider-Man all the time. He can hate Spider-Man, but he can't be fighting him all the time since Spidey's in New York and Venom's going around the world. Since i'm dying to see more Anti-Venom, maybe he can be the new adversary for Venom. That would be ironic, since Anti-Venom could be to current Venom what Brock Venom was to Spider-Man.Glad to see Venom's getting his own series. I give Mr. Remender and Mr. Moore my confidence, and i respect their work, so i believe they'll do a good job if they put their hearts in it.Remember: together we the fans... WE ARE VENOM!!!!!! >=P

jayehale
jayehale

bring back the Venom from Maximum Carnage

ATB_15
ATB_15

Maybe its US Agent Venom is in the raft and he is the warden/Goverment agent.

bschandelmeier
bschandelmeier

I would love to see Flash as the new Venom. It would fit since he lost his legs and still wants to do some good.

echicken
echicken

New Venom will be Flash Thompson, I'm sure of it.

Awesome_Nerd
Awesome_Nerd

I am very excited to see this, Venom is one of the best villans ever!!!

vEn0m222
vEn0m222

VeNoMMMMMMMMMM!! We LiKe THiS VeRy MuCH!! HeHeH

p0kemaster
p0kemaster

Now that you mention it, I think that it's him too (He did appear in ASM #649). Can't wait to see how this comic turns out. Should be a fun read.

freezen22
freezen22

Nick. Fury... That is my guess. Rogers is staring in to many series, and who would actually care if they put any other non-powered character in 'the suit'... (btw, why is it a suit now and not, you know.... a SYMBIOTIC ORGANISM that has a say in who it bonds too)

jc1569
jc1569

That makes some good sense. So... I guess we've got solid eyes again?

bejan
bejan

What's john jameson been doing lately? i could see him in that design and he already has ties to the us government.

mckinneydr
mckinneydr

It's got to be Flash Thompson. It makes perfect sense. I'm not a fan of the ultra-violent series like Punisher, so I'd pass on this. Still, if it's Flash as Venom, I like it as a good move both for the character and complicating the Spider-Man world.

RetroKalleN
RetroKalleN

Is this a ongoing series? Or is it a mini series?

vbartilucci
vbartilucci

I had no idea Marvel had gotten the rights to Megaton Man, let alone made him the new Venom."The chalice is poisoned" what, the one from the palace? Was he even given the option of the vessel with the pestle?