Marvel Comics has announced that Eddie Brock, the original human host of the symbiotic known as Venom, will return in April.
“You wanted it, you got it! Brock is back – April 2017,” Marvel tweeted, including the issue’s cover by series artist Gerardo Sandoval, artwork which would indicate that not only will Eddie be returning to the symbiote’s world, the pair will once again re-team as Venom.
Eddie Brock was the alien symbiote’s original host, as we learned in 1988’s “Amazing Spider-Man” #300 by David Michelinie and Todd McFarlane. Brock and the symbiote both held a grudge against Peter Parker — the symbiote for Spider-Man’s rejection of their bond, and Eddie for his belief that Peter had destroyed his reputation as a journalist. The two found each other, and through their shared hatred, a villainous bond was formed.
For years, the two would plague Spider-Man as Venom, alternating between attempting to kill the wall-crawler and playing the semi-heroic role of “lethal protector” until 2008 when the bond between them was severed. At this point, Brock bonded with a different symbiote to become the anti-hero known as Anti-Venom. When that symbiote died, Brock bonded with yet another symbiote, Toxin, once again taking on the mantle of a violent anti-hero. As Toxin, Brock has most recently been seen hunting down the most dangerous symbiote/human hybrid of all, Carnage.
As for the Venom symbiote, following its separation from Eddie Brock, it was re-programmed and bonded with Spider-Man fan and ally Flash Thompson. The result was the character’s Agent Venom incarnation, which began with Flash in near-total control over the symbiote’s abilities, and ended up as a harmonious relationship between the pair. The symbiote’s outher worldly origins were explored and explained, as it and Flash joined the ranks of the Guardians of the Galaxy and took on the Space Knight mantle.
The character’s current series, “Venom,” launched in November of 2016 and featured an all-new host for the alien symbiote. Mac Gargan, the symbiote’s host between Brock and Flash, has played a role in the title, but the new host is one Lee Price, a former Army Ranger with a massive, violent chip on his shoulder. The symbiote, who is now fully sentient and desires to do good, has found itself subjugated to Price’s will, forced to perform terrible, violent acts against its wishes. How Eddie Brock will play into the series when he returns to New York City, and what it means for Price, Gargan and the symbiote, is a mystery that will begin to play out in April when “Venom” #6, by Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval, hits stores.
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