The Marvel Comics universe is apparently going to look very different once the dust settles from Secret Wars, and now we have some fresh intel on another mid-tier hero set for a bigger stage — Agent Venom.
The new (good guy) version of Venom, aka Flash Thompson, has been kicking around deep space with the Guardians of the Galaxy for a while (when he’s not lost or unconscious, that is), and now the publisher is gearing up to give Venom his very own solo series. Dubbed Venom: Space Knight, the new series promises to be a “space opera” that gives Flash a massive canvas to explore.
The comic is set to launch this November, with writer Robbie Thompson and artist Ariel Olivetti at the helm. Thompson recently opened up to Marvel about what fans can expect from the series. Here are some choice excerpts, where he details the three key points of the series:
“First: Flash Thompson. I love that Flash has been such a staple of the Marvel Universe for so long—and that he has grown as a character over that time. His character has been given such depth and pathos over the years. When you see Flash way back in the [Stan] Lee/[Steve] Ditko Spider-Man stories, he’s seemingly just a bully, someone picking on Peter Parker. But over the years, he’s grown out of that archetype into someone with a rich history. And I’m really excited to be a part of the team telling the next chapter of his life. Especially because it’s in space! Have I mentioned space?
Second: Venom. I love Venom. The suit, the character and what it does to the people that it has bonded with is such an interesting dynamic to explore. And this is a new chapter for the Klyntar as well. It’s been cleansed and has a chance to be a hero—can it stay that way forever? We’ll see!
Third: Ariel Olivetti. I’m a huge fan and I’m thrilled to be collaborating with him on this book. He’s the best!”
It’s nice to see Marvel looking for a fresh angle to spin off Agent Venom, because he’s been a ton of fun with the Guardians — but has felt largely underutilized with the massive team, apart from a Venom-specific arc or two. If this series catches on, it could make for another fun space ‘book for the winter.
Check out the key art below and let us know what you think: