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Quote1 ... I have to set Venom loose! Quote2
-- Peter Parker

Appearing in "Carnage, Part 1: Savage Genesis"Edit

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Synopsis for "Carnage, Part 1: Savage Genesis"Edit

Cletus Kasady is found talking to himself in his cell in New York's Ryker's Island, by the security guard Ramone. After a little confrontation between the two, Ramone is found by the other guards dead. He had been pulled through Cletus Kasady's jail cell bars. Also they discovered Cletus had escaped by the gaping hole in the wall.

Gunther Stein is about to enter his apartment from his long day of work when he is called by a voice. After looking up a red hand grabs his mouth. The hand then liquefies and starts suffocating Gunny Stein. Gunny Stein dies. And Also becomes Carnage's first victim. We also find out the reason Carnage picked Gunny to be his first victim is not because he had a grudge against him, but more of Cletus just picked his name at random from a telephone book.

Carnage heads next to Agro-Lab at Empire State University in search of his next victim. He finds Chip, a classmate of Peter Parker. Chip starts to run away from Carnage, but Carnage picks up a sink and throws it at Chip making him not able to leave the room. Carnage heads over to Chip, picks him up by the throat and extends his fingers, killing chip. Before his death he asked why he is going to be killed, only to have Carnage reply with "...'cause I can".

In the home of May Parker we find Peter and Aunt May, just as Peter finishes fixing her heater. Aunt May's phone rings only to find out it is for Peter. Peter answers the phone and is told that a classmate of his, Chip, has been "slaughted like a pig on a spit", in the words of Spider-Man. Spider-Man heads to the lab where Chip had been killed and hides in the air conditioning vents to find out information. He eves drops in on a reporter questioning Professor Evert. She mention the murderer had "living skin", also that his arm had grown a rope and he swung away. Leading Spider-Man to think the killer is Venom.

Peter Parker is found meeting his wife Mary Jane Watson-Parker in Central Park only to show up late. Peter tells Mary that Chip had been killed and tells her he suspects that it is Venom who is the source of this. He then tells of how he first got the Symbiote on Battleworld during the Secret Wars. He also tells how he used the sonic waves of the cathedral bells to get rid of it, and finally how it found someone with as much hatred for Spider-Man as it did...Eddie Brock. How he became one of Spider-Man's most powerful enemies, and how he had to fake his own death at the hands of Venom so he would retire and stay on the deserted Caribbean Island. Mary Jane tells him he should leave it to the police, the Avengers, or the Fantastic Four. He denies however because he blames this on himself. He feels he is the only one who should stop these killings.

Peter starts to retrace the activities of Eddie Brock after he had escaped from prison. He came across Eddie's cellmate Cletus Kasady, a unrepentant mass murder who was convicted with eleven life sentences, also finding out that Cletus had just escaped from jail. He starts doing a background check on Cletus, and finds out that the St. Estes Home For Boys, the orphanage he had belonged to as a child, was ravaged by a fire with the disciplinarian administrator's dead body found within it, with her skull smashed in. Peter then goes through the city of New York in search of people who know Cletus to get more information about him. One person even told him "That's privileged information, but off the record... I'd avoid him like the plague."

Peter heads to the St. Estes Home For Boy's ruins to check it out and hears someone talking to themselves there. Peter at first thinks its a kid, but goes in to find Cletus talking to his teddy bear Binky. When Peter walks closer Cletus tells Binky he they have a visitor. He looks back at Spider-Man and changes into Carnage while ripping and tearing Binky.

Carnage stretches his arm to punch Spider-Man reminding him of fights with Venom. Spider-Man shoots a web at Carnage's face, while Carnage wraps his symbiote around the web in his face and grabs hold of Spider-Man and throws him into the wall. Spider-Man throws a giant piece of wood at Carnage who catches it and breaks it in half. Carnage then solidifies an axe from his hand and throws it at Spider-Man who barely dodges it. After watching it turn to dust, Spider-Man looks to notice Carnage has disappeared. Carnage's symbiote makes tentacles seep through the wall and grab hold of Spider-Man and ripping him through the wall to the floor. As this is going on policemen soon arrive to check out noise complaints. They burst into the room and Carnage shoots projectiles at one from his fingertips hitting him. Spider-Man grabs hold of his tentacles and throws him to check on the policeman. Carnage's last act in this battle is him throwing an oven at the other cop and Spider-Man, with Spider-Man pushing the policeman out of the way and being hit on the head. Carnage disappears leaving a present for Spider-Man. He had written on the wall "Carnage Rules!" in blood. Spider-Man came to realize it was it was his own blood he had used to write the message for Spider-Man.

Peter is telling Mary Jane about how he has already tried to tell the Avengers and the Fantastic Four of this new enemy, but they all seem to be dealing with their own planet-threatening problems. Peter accidentally knocks over Mary Jane's purse to the floor and discovers cigarettes fell out. She begins telling him about her the reason she is smoking, but he interrupts her because of a news bulletin involving Carnage and more of his victims. Peter Parker has realized that he needs help to defeat his new foe. He must now enlist the help from one of his most powerful enemies, Venom.

  • First pages of issue are reprints from
  • This issue is reprinted in comics and books, see references for more info.[2]

  • Spider-Man finds out that Mary Jane has been smoking.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. This issue is reprinted in the following comics/TPB's:

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