Last week Marvel announced the contents of their Avengers-centric gold level Free Comic Book Day offering, and this morning the publisher released details about their silver level book. FCBD Spider-Man/Venom #1 will feature separate tales for the two title characters, both of which will lead into larger stories later in 2019.
While the title was originally announced as simply a Spider-Man book, the inclusion of Venom is a natural choice given that both he and Spidey starred in blockbuster movies within the past year. The lead Spider-Man story, which will feature both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, is written by Tom Taylor (Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man) and Saladin Ahmed (Miles Morales: Spider-Man), with art by Cory Smith (Weapon H). The regular Venom creative team of writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman will round out the issue with a new Venom tale.
Silver-level Free Comic Book Day titles are open to order for participating retailers in any quantity, as opposed to the 12 gold-level titles which retailers must order at least 25 of each of in order to participate in FCBD.
Check out the teaser image that Marvel released (the final cover is still under wraps), as well as the full press release on the title, below. Retailer FOC for Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day books is Monday, February 25th, and Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 4th.
Free Comic Book Day 2019 is the perfect chance to swing into the Marvel Universe with all-new stories and exciting adventures alongside some of Marvel’s most acclaimed creators! Fresh off its 2018 Gem Award win for Best Free Comic Book Day Book (FCBD 2018 Avengers Captain America), Marvel is excited to reveal the creative team for FCBD Spider-Man/Venom #1 – the story that might just become the most ordered and most sought out single issue in the entire history of FCBD!
Everyone knows Miles Morales, who rose to fame in Marvel’s acclaimed animated sensation Into the Spider-Verse — and with a second feature film arriving this year, Peter Parker will once again suit up to save the world with his web-slinging super powers! In a special FCBD story, creators Tom Taylor, Saladin Ahmed, and Cory Smith take these superstar heroes of the Spider-Verse in a shocking new direction, with a story that will build to one of Marvel’s most fantastic and epic tales later this year!
And prepare for absolute terror within the pages of FCBD, as the Venom story by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman sets the stage for what will become one of the most fearsome events in the Marvel Universe …
Nearly a year after the epic red-hot arc of the Red Goblin, Venom’s dynamic creative team is bringing you a story that’s been brewing since classic Spider-Man tales like Amazing Spider-Man #252, The Spectacular Spider-Man #90, Marvel Team-Up #141 — a saga so big and so absolutely action-packed, it will deliver the most dramatic story in all of FCBD history! Fans will be well aware by the summer of 2019 that “everyone is a target”… and this May, Marvel invites you to experience the threat for yourself!
Retailers should note that the FOC date has been extended, giving more time to place initial orders, for both of Marvel’s FCBD books — because trust us, you won’t want to be without these important and stunning issues!
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