Venom #1 is out May 9th. It combines red-hot writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman on the new, horror-tinged, Venom book. The issue looks to be introducing a new and ancient Symbiote to the Venom lore.
The synopsis for Venom #1 follows, and mentions an ancient evil.
A NEW SERIES BY DONNY CATES & RYAN STEGMAN! In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – VENOM! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock! Join two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, for a VENOM adventure a thousand years in the making!
The three page preview follows:
In the three page preview we see barbarian types trying to hold something behind giant doors.
One of them yells for Beowulf. Beowulf is the star of, and the name of, one of the oldest English epic poems. In the story, Beowulf fights the monster, Grendel. We see talons coming out from the door. Could the symbiote be Grendel?
The Barbarians do not fare well against the monster. This is similar to what happens in the story, Beowulf.
Finally we see Eddie Brock and Venom in a dingy New York city motel room. The storm is raging and it wakes Eddie up. He looks for Venom who is across the room. Turns out symbiots can have nightmares.