New Character Virus to Debut on Free Comic Book Day, Then in Venom #26

At the big Marvel Comics panel at C2E2 in Chicago, Venom writer Donny Cates was on hand to talk about upcoming Venom storylines – and make some announcements as well.

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The upcoming Venom #26 drawn by Iban Coello will feature the Ultimate Reed Richards revealing his ultimate plan. Cates talked about how The Maker has been using the Ultimate Venom Symbiote as a way to slip through to other dimensional universes, which is pretty much his entire bag these days after Marvel's Secret Wars.

New Character Virus to Debut on Free Comic Book Day, Then Venom #26 - C2E2

As for the character on the front cover of Venom #26, they are called Virus, who is after Eddie Brock's son – and human symbiote Dylan Brock. But Virus will make their debut in the Free Comic Book Day Spider-Man/Venom issue, on the first Saturday of May.

VENOM #26
(W) Donny Cates (A) Iban Coello (CA) Ryan Stegman
"VENOM BEYOND" BEGINS HERE!
If you thought VENOM ISLAND was insane comic book action of the highest order, then shut your yapper and face front, True Believer, because we're about to outdo ourselves!
For months, the Maker has been fascinated with symbiotes. IN THIS ISSUE we find out why – and what he intends to do with any he can get his hands on…
Rated T+In Shops: May 13, 2020
SRP: $3.99

We had previously told you about Venom #26:

Venom #26 kicks off the next big Venom story, from self-proclaimed Bad Boy of Comics Donny Cates and artist Iban CoelloVenom Beyond. The story revolves around Eddie Brock becoming a vegetarian and seeking a meatless burger option to… no, wait, sorry, this issue is actually all about what The Maker has been up to with his symbiote obsession…

But the Maker is appearing in another place, and another universe, in May, to pursue his symbiote interest, in Ghost-Spider #10 by Seanan McGuire and Ig Guara. Coincidence? Or stealth-crossover? U-DECIDE!

About Rich Johnston

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