Venom gets an all new look for the Guardians of the Galaxy comics!

Venom may have started out in Marvel Comics as a villain and slowly worked his way up the hero ladder but as a member of the new Guardians of the Galaxy, Venom is a full fledged hero. Being worn by Flash Thompson, this Venom has a whole new role in today's comics and Marvel has decided that with that new role should come a whole new look. He originally appeared as a hulking monster and recently appeared as a government soldier wearing tactical armor. Those days however are over.

Artist Valerio Schiti took a moment to discuss the new look and share some sketches of what it will look like in Brian Michael Bendis' series Guardians of the Galaxy.
"I suppose that the main reason for this change is the new readers—at least that’s what [GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY writer] Brian Bendis said! The new generations of readers have a totally different idea of Venom; most of them don’t even know that once he was a bad guy. In this moment nobody perceives him like a monster, everybody knows that he’s a hero, a good guy with a super cool costume that can do amazing things so why don’t we concentrate on them?"
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Speaking about the direction of the new look:
"As I said he must be cool. They wanted a modern version of the character: he should be strong and sleek and powerful; a perfect version of the character, with a new set of super powers. Brian showed me a picture of the version of Venom [from “Disney Infinity”] and said: “Something like this. Cool. Sleek. Big.”"
"I looked at the work of Mike Zeck and Todd McFarlane mostly for the size and the main idea: a big guy with a white spider on the chest. That was a perfect and powerful design indeed and I wanted to keep the final design as close as possible to that look.
I also added some details coming from sci-fi anime and movies like “Ghost in the Shell” or “Tron” because this time we wanted to show a “space Venom,”"
I think this new look for Venom looks pretty cool and it'll be interesting to see how it all works out in the comics. I can also completely see what Schiti is talking about when he says it looks like the original Venom yet more updated and sleek. That very much comes through in this design. What do you think of this redesign for Venom? Are you a fan of it? Does anything really stand out that you really like or do not like?

Source: Marvel


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