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Marvel celebrates Carnage’s 30th anniversary with ‘Carnage Forever’ #1

Marvel promises the ‘Carnage Forever’ one-shot will give hints of Carnage’s visceral new era.

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Marvel Comics has announced a new one-shot featuring Carnage, everyone’s favorite red Symbiote, for release on February 23rd. The one-shot will be written by Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Ram V, Ty Templeton, and Edgar Salazar with multiple violent stories from Carnage’s notorious past, present, and future. Marvel also promises the one-shot will give hints of Carnage’s visceral new era.

Johnson recently helped curate and write parts of the Extreme Carnage event. “What makes Carnage such a fun challenge to write is that everyone THINKS they know what to expect from him,” Johnson explained in a statement sent to AIPT. “I’m a huge fan of horror stories in any medium, and getting to lean into the unbridled violence and terror of Carnage—while also finding new ways to subvert reader expectations—has made it a complete thrill.

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Ram V added, “It’s been a lot of fun working in the Symbiote corner of the Marvel Universe. Now with Carnage Forever, 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!”

Check out the cover by Kendrick Lim below.

Marvel celebrate's Carnage's 30th anniversary with 'Carnage Forever' #1

“We’ve seen plenty of ‘slasher film’ takes on Carnage, and in Extreme Carnage we got to see him and his family in a sort of Manchurian Candidate context. For CARNAGE FOREVER, I wanted to show Carnage in an almost Exorcist-like setting. Without spoiling it, we see him make an unexpected bond with a very unexpected kind of character, with all the grisly and horrifying consequences Carnage fans have come to expect.”

For more on this news, read the official press release below.

New York, NY— November 15, 2021 — It’s been 30 years since Carnage slashed his way into the Marvel Universe and went on to become one of the most terrifying villains in comic book history. This February, Marvel is proud to celebrate this bloodthirsty icon in a special one-shot titled CARNAGE FOREVER. Featuring stories by an all-star assembly of creators including Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Ram V, Ty Templeton, and Edgar Salazar, this one-shot will be packed with violent stories from everyone’s favorite symbiote serial killer’s notorious past, present, and future!

Here’s what writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, currently delivering shocking thrills in Marvel’s hit ALIEN ongoing series, had to say about the upcoming one-shot:

“What makes Carnage such a fun challenge to write is that everyone THINKS they know what to expect from him,” Johnson explains. “I’m a huge fan of horror stories in any medium, and getting to lean into the unbridled violence and terror of Carnage—while also finding new ways to subvert reader expectations—has made it a complete thrill.

“We’ve seen plenty of ‘slasher film’ takes on Carnage, and in Extreme Carnage we got to see him and his family in a sort of Manchurian Candidate context. For CARNAGE FOREVER, I wanted to show Carnage in an almost Exorcist-like setting. Without spoiling it, we see him make an unexpected bond with a very unexpected kind of character, with all the grisly and horrifying consequences Carnage fans have come to expect.”

Ram V also expressed his enthusiasm for the project:

“It’s been a lot of fun working in the Symbiote corner of the Marvel Universe. Now with Carnage Forever, 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!”

CARNAGE FOREVER #1 will also provide the first hints of Carnage’s visceral new era! That’s right, stay tuned in the coming weeks for the full announcement of Carnage’s new ongoing series launching in March!

Check out the cover of CARNAGE FOREVER #1 below and prepare for Carnage’s milestone celebration on February 23. For more information, visit Marvel.com.

CARNAGE FOREVER #1

Written by PHILLIP KENNEDY JOHNSON, RAM V, TY TEMPLETON

Art by EDGAR SALAZAR, TY TEMPLETON, AND MORE!

Cover by KENDRICK LIM

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