Appearing in "Carnage Shark"
- Carnage Symbiote (Controlled by Cletus Kasady; bonds to unnamed shark and unnamed fisherman) (Apparent death)
- Symbiote Hive
- Venom Symbiote (Voice)
- Dark Carnage (Cletus Kasady) (Behind the scenes) (Deceased)
- Knull (Referenced) (Deceased)
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Synopsis for "Carnage Shark"
Narrating, the Venom symbiote states that the universe is comprised of black - the Void from which its kind was created, white - the Light that opposes the darkness, and red - the teeming multitude of life.
In the depths of the ocean, the Dark Carnage symbiote - bonded to a great white shark - leads a pack of smaller sharks as it prowls the ocean depths. The Venom symbiote recaps the events of Absolute Carnage and Venom Island, saying that it and Eddie had thought the Dark Carnage symbiote destroyed but that it had survived - and with it, Cletus Kasady's consciousness endured. A whaling ship harpoons a shark; the symbiote flowing up the harpoon cable and grabbing one of the whalers before dragging him into the ocean. Taking over the whaler, Carnage climbs aboard and prepares to slaughter the crew, intent on taking his place as the Red Right Hand of the King in Black. At that exact moment, Knull is killed by Eddie Brock, causing the symbiote dome encasing the Earth to shatter into countless symbiotes.
Through the symbiote hive-mind, Eddie - now the new god of the symbiotes - calls out to Carnage, who snarls for his nemesis to get out of his head. As symbiotes rain from the sky onto the ship and into the ocean, Eddie's voice says that he has been fighting Carnage in one form or another ever since the Venom symbiote spawned the original Carnage symbiote, a mistake he thought he could never take back until now. Bonding to the crew of the ship, the symbiotes state that they are Venom, leaving Carnage shocked and incredulous. Manifesting an arm-blade, Carnage snarls that he'll kill them all but is unceremoniously booted overboard. Interjecting, the Venom symbiote states that Knull is dead and that Eddie is the new King in Black, making Carnage now one of his subjects. As Carnage sinks back into the ocean, Eddie says he is not welcome in his reformed Hive and sentences him to execution - countless symbiote-controlled sharks swarming Carnage and devouring him in a feeding frenzy.
Appearing in "My Red Hands"
- Brandon (First appearance) (Bonds to the Carnage symbiote)
- Brandon's Mother
- Spider-Man (Peter Parker)
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Synopsis for "My Red Hands"
A young boy named Brandon stares up at a large barn, thinking to himself that he isn't afraid and is ready for whatever's inside. His abusive step-father Dan abruptly grabs his shoves him to the ground, shouting that he told Brandon to stay away and to get back into the house or he'll get a beating. That night Brandon sits in bed thinking that he's not afraid of Dan and sooner or later will find out what he's hiding in the barn, noting that his mother is afraid of Dan and no-longer tries to protect her son from her husband's rages. Brandon notes that he prefers to be alone anyway, but that recently he's had a visitor - turning to face the closet, where a towering red-and-black humanoid monster Brandon calls the "Red Man" is lurking. As the Red Man emerges from the closet, Brandon notes that he was once afraid of the monster, but that the Red Man just comes to listen to his troubles with his family and bullies at school - something nobody else does - and offer him advice, telling him that all his problems can be solved with gratuitous violence.
At dinner, Dan snaps that the school called to inform them that Brandon was being bullied again, disparaging his step-son for having cried. Seething, Brandon watches Dan sneer that the only reason he puts up with the boy is so that he can sleep with his mother, standing up and bawling his fists in rage. Dan mockingly asks if Brandon is finally going to man up, but he turns away and walks into the darkness. As the Red Man emerges from the darkness behind him, tendrils ooze from the Red Man's body and cover Brendon's hands, turning them into talons. As Brandon stares down at his claws in awe, Dan storms into the room looking for a fight, the Red Man whispering in Brandon's ear to kill him.
Walking through the snow towards the barn, Brandon - the red tendrils spreading like veins across his body - marvels at how easy it was to kill Dan. As the Red Man gloats, opening the barn door and asking if Brandon doesn't want to feel powerful forever, Brandon is shocked to see Spider-Man restrained and covered in claw-marks. Calling the Red Man "Cletus", Spider-Man berates the monster for getting a child involved. The Red Man - real name Cletus Kasady, alias Carnage - introduces Spider-Man to Brendan and exposits that Brendan's step-father used to guard him at the Ravencroft Institute. Carnage reveals that Dan let him keep Spider-Man in the barn to torture him, but that he saw a worthy acolyte in the boy and indoctrinated him into his nihilistic sociopathy. Reminding Brendan that the world is a place where the strong prey upon the weak, Carnage says that by killing one takes their victims' power into themselves. As Brendon's claws twitch towards Spider-Man's chest, Spider-Man desperately pleads for the boy to listen to him - saying that Carnage is just using him and trying to turn him into a monster. With a scream of effort, Brandon slashes through Spider-Man's restraints and the superhero attacks Carnage.
Watching them vanish into the distance as they fight, Brandon thinks to himself that the Red Man was wrong and that he has no reason to kill Spider-Man, having never wanted power - only to be rid of his step-father and to be left alone. As Brendan's mother embraces him, a piece of the Carnage symbiote creeps through the snow towards them and latches onto him.
Appearing in "My Name is Carnage"
- Carnage (Creary) (First appearance) (Main story and flashback)
- H.A.M.M.E.R. (Main story and flashback)
- Lavoie (Main story and flashback) (Death)
- Dotson (Only in flashback) (Death)
- Levsky (Only in flashback) (Death)
- Carreras (Only in flashback) (Death)
- Yi (Only in flashback) (Death)
- Keelut (Mentioned)
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- Halvorson Meteorite (First appearance)
Synopsis for "My Name is Carnage"
Mr. Creary, an explorer hired by H.A.M.M.E.R., looks down at the body of one Mr. Lavoie - which he says he'd found past the northern crest where he'd taken watch. Taking Mr. Lavoie's supplies, Mr. Creary treks back to camp, leaving his teammate's frozen corpse behind. Arriving at a cave, Mr. Creary sees the team's Inuit guide, Kalik, sitting at a fire. Kalik notes that with the Frenchman dead they are the only members of the expedition left. Mr. Creary asks if Kalik thinks the creature hunting them got to Lavoie like it did the other members of their team, Kalik replying that it is the Qiqion's nature to hunt and kill.
Mr. Creary recaps how he had set out with five other H.A.M.M.E.R. personnel - Lavoie, Dotson, Levsky, Carreras, and Yi - from Nunavut in order to find the Halvorson Meteorite. When the team had attempted to hire a guide at Klamut, they had nearly been driven out of town and only Kalik had volunteered to show them the way. Dismissing the locals as superstitous, Mr. Creary - driven by some streak of vanity - had pushed the team to set out without fully restocking their supplies, but one by one the expedition members were picked off by a blood-soaked monster Kalik called the Qiqion.
Descending into the valley, Mr. Creary and Kalik arrive at the site of the Halvorson Meteorite, which is covered in red tendrils and surrounded by countless bones - more of which are buried beneath the snow under their feet. Mr. Creary admits that he knew from the start there was a reason that Kalik had been the only one to encounter the Qiqion and live to tell the tale, but that he had to see the meteor no matter the cost. Grinning maliciously, Kalik is engulfed by an amorphous crimson mass and transformed into a towering humanoid monster with fangs, claws, and large white eyespots. Raising his gun, Mr. Creary empties round after round into the monster to no avail, and it tackles him to the ground.
Introducing itself as Carnage, the monster states that it has no intention of killing him, revealing it arrived to Earth on the Halvorson Meteorite and has taken many hosts over the years, hunting and devouring everything it comes across. Sloughing off of Kalik, Carnage oozes through the snow and bonds to Mr. Creary, remarking that it's never met someone like him in all its years on Earth. Carnage states that while it is a ravenous predator by nature, it always protects its host - but that Mr. Creary happily sacrificed the other members of the expedition just so see a hunk of rock. Revealing it wasn't the one who killed Lavoie, Carnage mockingly asks Mr. Creary if he just did it for the supplies. Mr. Creary retorts that Lavoie wanted to abandon the expedition and turn back without the stone, and thus had to be eliminated. Gleeful, Carnage says that they should dispose of Kalik - who has served his purpose, and that it has grown tired of prowling the tundra and wants to explore the rest of the world. Grinning wickedly, Mr. Creary kills Kalik and treks back through the wilderness to a vehicle, eager to unleash his new partner upon the world.
• The symbiotic slaughterfest continues, in the second installment of the stomach-churning study of ultraviolence called CARNAGE: BLACK, WHITE & BLOOD!
• FIRST! The DAREDEVIL team of Chip Zdarsky & Marco Checchetto lends their brutal sensibilities to an eye-popping story pitting Carnage against THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN as you've never seen before!
• THEN! Al Ewing, who's brought a nigh-unthinkable level of body horror to the world of the IMMORTAL HULK, lends his terrifying talents to a tale – and if you thought his HULK stuff looked painful, you ain't ready for what he's done with Carnage!
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