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DONNY CATES & RYAN STEGMAN'S VENOM ENDS IN APRIL

Venom has been a wild ride since writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman picked it up, redefining the character and his mythos for years to come. All good things must come to an end though. That's the case in horror comics too. Marvel Comics has announced this epic run will come to a close in April with Venom #200 in an exclusive interview with IGN.

Venom #200 picks up after the events of King in Black, revealing what Venom's future holds. What remains of the Lethal Protector in Knull's wake?

"It's something that we've been building to, and building to, and building to. Now we're here," Cates told IGN. "Ryan and I talk about that a lot. About how Ryan will send in a new page for 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."

I've heard interviews with Cates and Stegman where they talk about this massive plan they've had for Venom even back when they first pitched it. It was all in there and they're getting a chance to play it all out. It's pretty cool to see it all come to fruition.

Venom #200 is set for release in April.

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James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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