As reported today on Marvel.com, the "Venom" series is coming to an end with issue #42 in October. In November, Flash Thompson, aka Venom, will be heading back to New York City to face the Superior Spider-Man in a story called "Darkest Hours," beginning in "Superior Spider-Man" #22. Whether that means a permanent address change for Venom, or his new sidekick Mania, remains to be seen.
Either way, it means the end of the only regular representation of the city of Philadelphia in the Marvel Universe. Philly has been a part of the last dozen issues of what will be the longest running "Venom" series ever, even those starring original Venom host - Eddie Brock, but, with no "Venom" series, the future of the City of Brotherly Love in Marvel Comics is uncertain. It is possible that the current series is ending to make way for a new relaunch or even a Mania series, but Marvel and current "Venom" writer, Cullen Bunn, are not revealing any details. Other then to say there are big plans in store for Venom and that Bunn said he is "not done with symbiotes just yet." So, with that in mind, be sure to continue supporting the "Venom" series.
The "Venom" series did a great deal to develop Philadelphia in the Marvel Universe, where, previously, the city was mostly a blank slate. Not only was Venom the first major Marvel super-hero to be based in the city, but actual Philly destinations like the Mütter Museum were integrating into the MU in "Venom." Bunn also introduced a new Philadelphian super-heroine in Mania and a major crime boss in Lord Ogre, among other developments. Even before "Venom" moved to Philadelphia, Betty Brant, a native Philadelphian, was a major character in the title.
So, while this may be an ending, hopefully, it is only temporary and Venom and Mania return soon. Or maybe even one of these characters will move to Philly in a new series. Be sure to contact Marvel and let them know how much you enjoyed seeing Philadelphia monthly as a part of the Marvel Universe.
"Venom" #39 hit stores yesterday. The "Venom: Toxin With A Vengeance" trade paperback, collecting #31-35 and co-starring Eddie Brock as Toxin, hits comic shops next week on August 28. To find a comic shop near you, go to www.comicshoplocator.com.