Donny Cates has confirmed on Twitter that, yes, his final ever issue of Venom from Marvel Comics will be #200. He tweeted "Seen a lot of confusion about this so I just wanted to clarify. Yes. Venom #200 will be my last issue writing Venom. Ever. Thank you all for supporting us. This has been a lifelong dream come true to tell this story for you all. Thank you. Thank you all. More info to come."
Yesterday, it was announced that Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman's run on Venom will arrive in April in a special milestone issue, the legacy-numbered Venom #200 as Bleeding Cool reported back in October.
The landmark issue will pick up after the events of KING IN BLACK. Over the years, Cates and Stegman have torn Eddie Brock's life asunder while introducing new villains and uncovering long-hidden mysteries about the nature of symbiotes.
Throughout their run, they've explored Venom's very nature as a Marvel hero. This issue will reveal what Venom's future holds. But in Knull's wake, what even remains of Marvel's Lethal Protector?
"It's something that we've been building to, and building to, and building to. Now we're here. Ryan and I talk about that a lot. About how Ryan will send in a new page or King in Black, and it's finally like a drawing of something that we've all been thinking about, a particular moment or a scene that we've all been thinking about for almost four years now. So it's pretty surreal. It's crazy. It really is a testament to how awesome the Marvel fanbase has been and the Venom fans in general, that they've supported the book so much. That this crazy idea of this Knull thing has stuck around so long, that we're actually getting to do this."
"I feel like I'm always pushing. That's just my motto in life and in comics," Stegman added. "So I think there was definitely a lack of satisfaction with what I was doing. I thought that some of the stuff I was doing was cool, but I feel like once I got onto Venom, I started to really hone in what I did well. It was one of the first projects where I was like, 'Oh, I know exactly how to do this and it just suits my style.' Which at the time, my style was nebulous, but I felt like I started drawing in a way from issue one of Venom, that now I feel like in King in Black, it's the ultimate form of that thing. If we have the cover to Venom #200, I feel like right now that would be the quintessential piece that exhibits what my style has become. I'm going to keep pushing for sure. But I feel like I've really found something. It's a little bit annoying that we're getting here to the end of King in Black."
Venom #200 will also feature a collection of artists who contributed to Cates and Stegman's run.