Appearing in "Homecoming"
- Mike (First and only known appearance; dies)
- Dee (First and only known appearance; dies)
- Frank (First and only known appearance; dies)
- Bamf (First and only known appearance; dies)
- Unnamed college students (First and only known appearance; dies)
- Cletus Kasady (Behind the scenes)
- Mitch (First appearance)
- Sister Agatha (Mentioned) (Deceased)
- Tommy (Mentioned) (Deceased)
Races and Species:
- Hell (Invoked)
Synopsis for "Homecoming"
On Monday, a young girl with burn scars on her arms sits on the sidewalk outside the ruins of St. Estes Home for Boys, drawing a picture of her family on the sidewalk with chalk. An older man named Jerry notices her and approaches, asking what she's doing. She responds that her father Frank and mother Dee don't like her being in the house during the day, and Jerry replies that he thought all the neighborhood's street people know not to go near St. Estes'. The girl introduces herself as Elsie and says she's not homeless -- at least not all the time -- since Frank found an abandoned townhouse for them to squat in. Elsie asks what's wrong with St. Estes', and Jerry replies that it used to be a school of sorts until a psychopath burned it to the ground years ago, killing almost everyone inside. Jerry offers to take Elise to the local covenant house, but Elsie refuses. Jerry points out that based on the burn-scars on her arms it's clear she's being abused, but says he won't force her to go anywhere she doesn't want to, warning her that he's heard crazy stories about the man who burnt it down and that people still go missing around the ruins. Elsie insists she'll be fine, but Frank warns her not to stick around St. Estes' after dark unless she wants to disappear too.
That night, Elsie sits out on the sidewalk drawing when a trio of drunk college students - a girl and two boys - come across her. As the girl complements her drawing, one of the boys snatches away her chalk and the other -- Mike -- kicks her box of chalk like a soccer ball. As Elsie protests in dismay, the girl scolds Mike before telling him to at least give Elsie some change. Smirking, Mike belches and says he doesn't have any money on him, the girl apologizing as they walk away. As it starts to rain, Elsie recalls Jerry's warning and ventures into the burnt-out ruins, falling down a collapsed floor into the basement level. As she ventures deeper into the ruins, a sinister voice asks if she's lost and needs a new friend, adding that it lost its last one. Unafraid, Elsie says that monsters aren't real, only for the sinister voice to reply that it thinks she knows better. Elsie hesitantly turning around just in time to see the Carnage symbiote lunge at her from the shadows.
At the abandoned townhouse, Dee rests on a sleeping bag while Frank listens to music, Bamf sleeping next to him. Elsie enters the building, slamming the door and waking Dee up. As she walks past, Dee sleepily mutters to Frank that she thought she heard a man's voice, but he ignores her and she goes back to sleep. The next morning, Dee wakes up and hears Elsie talking to someone upstairs. Barging into her daughter's room, Dee angrily demands to know who Elsie is talking to, and Elsie responds she's playing with her new friend Cletus. Looking around the otherwise empty room, Dee tells Elsie to get out of the house since she and Frank will be doing stuff. Going back downstairs, Dee complains to Frank that Elsie's talking to an imaginary friend now, but Frank brushes her off and asks if Dee has seen Bamf anywhere. Unconcerned, Dee says that the dog will turn up.
On Wednesday, Jerry walks past the ruins of St. Estes' and notices Elsie isn't there. Concerned, he spots a nearby NYPD officer, Mitch, and asks if he's seen a young girl hanging around. Mitch says he'll keep an eye out and that Jerry's right to be worried -- a trio of college students went missing with evidence pointing to them having been brutally murdered. Jerry denies knowing anything about that, and gives the cop Elsie's name and description.
Thursday night, Dee shouts at Frank to fix the draft blowing in from the shattered windows. Covering the windows with cardboard, Frank wonders if it's coming through the closet; opening it and recoiling in horror upon seeing Bamf's bloody pelt suspended on coat-hangers. Giggling maliciously and speaking in a distorted voice, Elsie - her eyes glowing red - mockingly asks if she did a bad thing. Enraged, Frank lunges at her and shouts that he'll beat her to death, but Elsie effortlessly knocks him to the floor. As Frank's dropped lantern sets fire to the building, Elsie - her sclerae turning black - towers over Frank and menacingly says that Cletus promised her he'd never hurt her again. Hearing crunching and ripping sounds, Dee goes upstairs to investigate only to see Elsie - transforming into a red-and-black humanoid monster with fanged jaws and talons - in the middle of devouring Frank's corpse. Spotting her, Elsie turns as her transformation completes and says that Cletus told her Dee lied. As Dee flees in horror, the Carnageized Elsie - standing amidst the flames - says that the burns don't hurt anymore. Tripping Dee with a tendril, Carnage says that the fire feels nice and that they'll show her.
On Friday, Jerry is relieved to see Elsie drawing on the sidewalk outside St. Estes' and walks up to her, saying he was worried when she didn't show up for a few days. Elsie teasingly says he told her to go home, Jerry saying he couldn't help but be worried since people go missing around St. Estes'. Addressing him by name, Elsie says she's aware, only for Jerry to pause and note he doesn't recall mentioning his name to her. As Elsie states he must have mentioned it at some point, Jerry notices her burn scars are gone and asked what happened to them. Interrupting, Elsie grins menacingly up at him and asks what happened to his scars, the ones he sustained trying to rescue his roommate Tommy when St. Estes' burned to the ground. As Jerry backs away from her in horror, Elsie stands and says that Cletus told her all about how he gave up trying to save Tommy after barely even trying, and the survivor's guilt is why he keeps hanging around the ruins despite the nightmares he suffers from. Her eyes glowing red, Elsie starts to transform into Carnage as she says that Jerry will be joining Tommy and the others shortly - her drawing depicting not only herself and her family, but Carnage and everyone who died at St. Estes'.
Appearing in "Unmade in His Image"
- Hydro-Man (Morris Bench) (Apparent death)
- Santiago Vellez (First and only known appearance)
- Numerous unnamed guards (Death)
- Cletus Kasady (Mentioned)
Races and Species:
Synopsis for "Unmade in His Image"
At a supermax prison, Santiago Vellez - one of the guards - enters a vaulted prison cell tailor-made to contain Morris Bench. Inside his cell, Morris smirks as Vellez drags a chair over to the smoke alarm and pulls out a lighter. As the other guards demand to know what he's doing, Vellez stammers an apology and that he was told he'd be spared if he cooperated. Holding up the lighter to the smoke alarm, Vellez sets off the sprinkler system -- the other guards exclaiming in dismay and anger as they're drenched. Abruptly, crimson ooze sprays from the sprinklers, forming into blades that kill all the guards except for Vellez. Manifesting its humanoid form, the Carnage symbiote tells the fleeing Vellez to run before it rescinds its offer to spare him.
As Carnage approaches his cell, Morris remarks that he knew someone would jailbreak him sooner or later but never thought that Carnage would be the one to do it. Morris asks if the symbiote wants to know his answer, and when it asks what he means he says it's obvious that it's looking for a new host since Cletus Kasady wouldn't have any reason to free him. Saying that his answer is yes, Morris walks the symbiote through how to deactivate his cell's security measures and open the door. Transforming into his aqueous state, Morris asks how the symbiote intends to bond to him given his condition, but Carnage laughs and says that Morris is a smart man -- which makes him overconfident. Impaling him with several tendrils, Carnage replies that he was only half-right. As Morris struggles to break free, Carnage impales him with more tendrils and mockingly says that it should be easy him for to escape due to being made of water, but that he doesn't even realizing the full extent of his powers as the manifestation of a universal conduit. Ripping Morris' body apart, Carnage sneers that it doesn't want him as its host, just his powers; and that it's only now -- after it and Cletus have gone their separate ways -- that it's starting to realize its full potential, and is eager to see what it can do. As more guards storm into the room, Carnage bulks up and turns to face them, still holding Hydro-Man's shredded body, and asks if he wants to see the true meaning of carnage one last time before he dies.
Appearing in "Funnies"
- Toxin (Pat Mulligan) (First appearance)
- Scream (Donna Diego) (First appearance)
- Venom (Eddie Brock) (First appearance)
- Someone Else / Good Lord!
- No Idea / Oh Crap!
- Who Knows / Run!
- Unnamed woman
Races and Species:
- Earth (First appearance)
Synopsis for "Funnies"
In a series of skits spoofing Dennis the Menace, Venom scolds his children Carnage and Scream and grandchild Toxin, demanding to know who left corpses on the front porch, who killed their neighbors, and why there are body parts in the basement. Each time Toxin responds with "Someone else.", "No idea." and "Who knows." -- spectral figures with the phrases emblazoned on their chests smugly lurking out of sight. Confronting them, Carnage angrily states that they're taking all his fun before attacking them as they try to flee.
Covered in blood, Carnage approaches a woman ironing laundry and tells her that playing in the yard is a bad idea.
A KILLER CELEBRATION!
Cletus Kasady is the most notorious serial killer in the Marvel Universe — and it's been thirty years since his first introduction! Thirty years of monsters, mayhem and murder — AND YOU HAVEN'T SEEN ANYTHING YET! With an awesome assembly of creators, this issue will HAVE IT ALL! A look back on Carnage's past, his present and, just maybe, the first hints you'll ever get of his visceral and violent FUTURE!