Venom, Marvel's salivating alien symbiote, will lay claim to a new ongoing series, and a new host, in March, the publisher announced this morning.
The title, which reunites Fear Agent and Punisher collaborators Rick Remender and Tony Moore, finds the symbiote bonding to a familiar figure -- Marvel won't say who -- and working as an operative for the U.S. government.
Remender describes the book as merging "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. 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." In short, the "international adventures of 00Venom."
The new Venom will be introduced in February's Amazing Spider-Man #654.1 -- that's one of the self-contained stories in the new "Marvel: Point One" initiative -- before leaping into his new series the following month.
Since debuting in 1988, Venom has become one of the more popular members of Spider-Man's rogues gallery and, indeed, the Marvel Universe, starring in more than 20 miniseries and one-shots. However, this new title will be only the second ongoing series for Venom, after the 2003 comic launched as part of Marvel's short-lived Tsunami imprint.
See some of Moore's concept art for Venom after the break: