Before it was known as Venom, the black costume Peter Parker picked up on Battle World was acting oddly. Now Marvel Comics is heading back to this time in Parker’s life for Symbiote Spider-Man #1 launching in April.

This five issue limited series will be written by comics legend Peter David (Ben Reilly: The Scarlet Spider) with art by Greg Land (Domino, Hunt for Wolverine).

“VENOM may be my day job and favorite Spider-Villain, but my favorite fictional character of all time is the one and only SPIDER-MAN – and far and away, this is one of the most exciting projects I’ve ever had the privilege of working on in my five and a half years here at Marvel,” said editor Devin Lewis. “This is an in-continuity story of Peter Parker A.K.A. The Amazing Spider-Man set in the weeks he was wearing the alien symbiote costume that would later become one of his greatest foes! And all your favorites are there – Black Cat, Aunt May, The Bugle. This is classic Spider-Action in the Mighty Marvel Manner!”

“What’s MYSTERIO doing on the cover?!” teased Lewis. “He never fought Symbiote Spidey! Or did he?! Now, I know a lot of y’all out there in Mighty Marveldom are going to scoff at that – that this story is in-continuity – but TRUST ME! Peter, Greg and I have all done our homework – we’ve read and reread the original ALIEN COSTUME SAGA in its entirety, revisited old stories and talked around those classics literally, for hours. This is Peter Parker as Spider-Man, wearing one of the most iconic costumes in all of comics, and we’re treating this story will the heart, seriousness and respect that that entails as a result.”

You can check out the cover of issue 1 below along with two sample interior pages. We can’t wait. A pre-Venom Symbiote Spider-Man story sounds like a lot of fun.

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