Quote1.png Everyone's got an angel and a devil on their shoulder. That's what they said in group. What matters is which one you listen to. That's what they said in group. Jenna's my angel. I have to listen to her... ...or the devil might start talking again. I'm a force of good now. I've been given the gift of healing. I could heal this guy's hepatitis, even... If I wanted to. When I meet Jenna her veins were full of poison. But I used my powers to cleanse her. She was reborn. New. She now helps me navigate the streets. Helps me cut the cancer out of society. She's the proof that I can do good. Quote2.png
-- Anti-Venom


Appearing in "New Ways To Live, Chapter 1"

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  • Quinta Cartel (First appearance)
    • Jockey (Drug Dealer) (Only appearance)[1]
    • Darryl (Drug Dealer) (Only appearance)[1]
    • J-Town (Drug Dealer) (Only appearance)[1]
    • Skeet (Drug Dealer) (Only appearance)[1]
    • Numerous unnamed members (Only appearance; dies)[1]
    • Jorge Valdez (First appearance) (Appears on a computer screen, TV, or hologram only)

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Synopsis for "New Ways To Live, Chapter 1"

Walking down a New York City street, Eddie Brock thinks to himself that his newfound belief that people can change is the cornerstone of his redemption, and that while he used to kill strangers for getting in his way he now reminds himself that they're all people just like himself. Having gone against Norman Osborn's Thunderbolts, Eddie is a wanted fugitive once more - ducking into an alley just as a passing cop recognizes him. Reminding himself of his court-appointed psychiatrist's words that it's not always all about him, Eddie transforms the Anti-Venom symbiote into a sports jersey, smirking as he notes that he'd been diagnosed as a narcissist who lacked empathy. Walking up to a couple of street gang thugs menacing Jenna Cole, a teenage girl whose heroin addiction Eddie had previously cured, he keeps going as the thugs jeer at him and tell Jenna she's in deep trouble with their boss. Licking his lips in anticipation, Eddie thinks to himself that he's going to start caring about others, and that while everyone thinks he's a monster he'll show them that people can change.

At the street gang's hideout in a rundown apartment, a drug dealer named Jockey wisecracks with his followers when the two thugs - J-Town and Skeet - arrive with Jenna. Recognizing her, the Jockey tells Jenna that he's moving up in the underworld and that if she wants in they can work something out, but J-Town remarks that Jenna wants a job. Suspicious, the Jockey tells Jenna that he doesn't trust his own packers and commands her to strip. Ogling her chest as she starts to remove her top, the Jockey gets a text from his boss to move another 30 kilos of heroin, asking Jenna who sent her. As she pulls her top back down, Jenna says that it was Stevey Slate, the Jockey pulling out a pistol and angrily telling her that no-one's heard from Stevey Slate in a week, meaning he's been killed. Jenna protests that he's not dead, the Jockey mockingly asking what happened to him.

Bursting in through the window, Anti-Venom quips that Stevey had to call in sick. As the gangsters react in horror at the appearance of "White Venom", Anti-Venom sneers that they are the cancer of the city and he's going to operate on them; subduing the gangsters with tendrils. The Jockey mockingly tells Anti-Venom that he works for the Quintas Cartel, asking if he's suicidal. Responding that he used to be but isn't anymore, Anti-Venom snakes a tendril along the floor behind the Jockey; Jenna herding the drug mules and prostitutes to a corner of the room. Breaking the Jockey's thumb and yanking his gun-arm back with the tendril, Anti-Venom demands to know where the Quintas Cartel's headquarters is, the Jockey spits in Anti-Venom's face and sneers that the Quintas Cartel has a house on Staten Island that every hood knows about because they isn't afraid of anyone, least of all a rip-off Venom. As Anti-Venom that the Jockey has hepatitis courtesy of his prison tattoos, the drug dealer mockingly states that if that's true then Jenna has it too from sharing needles. Anti-Venom growls that Jenna isn't a drug addict anymore and that he cured her, the Jockey laughing and mockingly telling him that Jenna had been eyeballing his drugs from the moment she walked in the door. Livid, Anti-Venom roars at him to shut up and picks him up by the throat, squeezing as he snarls that Jenna has changed for the better. As the Jockey chokes, Jenna calls out to Eddie and nervously asks him not to kill people in front of her. Releasing the Jockey, Anti-Venom protests that he was only trying to scare the gangster, Jenna saying she needs to get out before the police arrive. Staring down at his hands, Anti-Venom thinks to himself that Jenna is the angel on his shoulder, the voice of his conscience; and that he has to listen to her or his inner demons will take over again - morosely noticing the Jockey's tattoo of Venom's head. Turning away from the unconscious drug-dealer, Anti-Venom assures himself that he's a force for good now and could even use his healing powers to cure the Jockey's hepatitis... if he wanted to.

As Anti-Venom web-swings away, lauding himself for helping Jenna overcome her addiction and that she's indispensable in his crusade against the seedy underbelly of the city, in the alley below Jenna pulls a packet of heroin out of her back pocket. As she stares down at it, a heavily-armed man approaches and calls her stupid for stealing from the cartel.

At the Quintas Cartel's Staten Island headquarters, a group of gangsters and prostitutes crowd around a laptop video-chatting the capo, Jorge Valdez. Valdez addresses a pair of badly-beaten men tied to chairs, telling them that he's going to have them executed for having lost so much product. Just before the triggerman shoots them, Eddie opens the door and nonchalantly asks what's going on. As the thugs grab him, he smirks - noting that he enjoys pretending he's weak to see how people react while underestimating him. As Eddie is forced to his knees in front of the laptop, one of the thugs asks Valdez what they should do with him, the druglord shouting at them to kill the gringo. Grinning, Eddie starts to transform but is caught off-guard as a replica of Captain America's Shield ricochets around the room. As Valdez incredulously demands if his underlings brought down heat from Captain America, Eddie turns to see the Punisher stepping into the room. Transforming, Anti-Venom joins the Punisher in laying waste to the assembled drug dealers, introducing himself. Recognizing Anti-Venom as an enemy of Norman Osborn, Castle says that's good enough for him and resumes mowing down the thugs. As a gangster tries to shoot the Punisher, Anti-Venom forms a shield on his arm and blocks the bullets, asking if Castle is OK. The thug dives out the window, Anti-Venom and the Punisher rushing outside to find him holding Jenna hostage. The Punisher prepares to shoot through Jenna to kill the thug, Anti-Venom stopping him and demanding to know what he's doing. The Punisher coldly sneers that Jenna is the junkie who told him where the Quintas Cartel's base was, but that she's outlived her usefulness and won't be missed. Jenna calls out for Eddie to save her, Anti-Venom telling her to stay calm as he explains to the Punisher that Jenna is working with him. Deducing that Anti-Venom is Eddie Brock, former host of the Venom symbiote, the Punisher confronts him; Anti-Venom assuring him that he's changed. Remarking that that's good to know, the Punisher pulls out a shotgun and shoots Anti-Venom point-blank in the back of the head, bluntly stating that he hasn't.

Solicit Synopsis

What’s Black, White and Dead all over?!?! From the pages of last year’s best-selling NEW WAYS TO DIE, Zeb Wells (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN; NEW MUTANTS) and Paulo Siqueira (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, MS. MARVEL) bring you the story of Eddie Brock, the sallow symbiote known as Anti-Venom! With his life saved by Spider-Man, Eddie is cautiously walking the line between the darkness and light while trying to find his place in a world marked only by gray. The absolute last person he needs to run into is the Punisher. Unfortunately, the Punisher remembers Eddie as a cold-blooded killer, and that is just gonna hurt.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks



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