Marvel’s Carnage Is Replacing Cletus Kasaday As Its Host | CBR

Marvel Comics is giving Carnage a new ongoing series on the heels of his 30th birthday.

Written by Ram V and drawn by Francesco Manna, Carnage will reinvent the sinister symbiote for a new generation. Following the events of Extreme Carnage, Cletus Kasady has been apprehended by the authorities and separated from the symbiote. This circumstance leads Carnage to seek out a new host while preparing for its deadliest rampage yet. However, the identity of the replacement host has not yet been revealed by Marvel, making it unclear where the character’s allegiances will lie.

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V, who is also co-writing the current Venom series alongside Al Ewing, said Carnage is his most twisted story yet. “The killer symbiote has gone through some pretty significant changes in recent times and I’ve been left with an opportunity to do something new and inventive with the character and the kind of stories you might expect to find in a Carnage book. This is my kind of horror—as frightening in its implications as it is on the page.” The writer also explained that this series will push the boundaries of what the symbiote can do, endangering the entire Marvel Universe along the way.

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This series isn’t the first time Carnage has been the subject of his own solo story. In 2016, Marvel launched an ongoing Carnage title by Gerry Conway and Mike Perkins, which followed Kasady on the run from Eddie Brock and the FBI, who had assembled a Carnage Task Force to try and stop the symbiote once and for all. That series connected Carnage to Cthon, giving him supernatural abilities that would influence his appearances in Venom and Absolute Carnage by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman. The character has also been the subject of numerous one-shots, storylines and miniseries that have powered up Carnage, though generally, these have had Kasady at the helm.

Before the symbiote runs free, Cletus gets one last ride in Carnage Forever #1, a one-shot due out in February. The oversized special tells stories from throughout the villain’s timeline, exploring the past, present and future of the Marvel Universe. It will feature the talents of Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Ty Templeton, Edgar Salazar, Templeton and more, while also setting the stage for V and Manna’s Carnage ongoing title. Speaking on the special, V said, “I’m thrilled to have a chance to tell some absolutely twisted tales for the killer symbiote for this anniversary collection and perhaps seed some ideas for things to come!”

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