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Abandoned Love: Weren’t Carnage’s Legs Torn Off?

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Abandoned Love: Weren’t Carnage’s Legs Torn Off?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer without explaining that the previous story was retconned away. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

Starting with last week’s Abandoned Love about the recent history of Carnage’s symbiote, there were two major questions people had that kept popping up in the comments section – 1. Wasn’t Carnage killed by the Sentry? and 2. What the heck happened to Carnage’s legs? The first question I resolved the other day with this installment of Death is Not the End, but that just brought even more comments asking, “Okay, so what’s up with his legs?” So let’s get into it today (be forewarned, the answer is very unsatisfying)…

Okay, so let’s recap.

In New Avengers #2 (by Brian Michael Bendis, David Finch and Danny Miki), the Sentry tears Carnage in half in outer space…

In the 2010-11 mini-series, Carnage (by Zeb Wells and Clayton Crain), we see that a corporation discovered the symbiote in outer space…

And we see that said corporation (through the help of the symbiote doing the job while in outer space) has kept Cletus Kasady alive and outfitted him with cybernetic legs…

Interestingly enough, during the time that Carnage was presumed dead, Flash Thompson lost HIS legs fighting in the Army…

And then bonded with the Venom symbiote to become Agent Venom, thereby using the symbiote to create legs for himself while in action as Agent Venom…

Flash became Agent Venom almost at the same exact time that Cletus Casady returned to being Carnage, only with cybernetic legs.

So naturally, Zeb Wells being a clever writer, he did a mini-series, Carnage U.S.A., where Kasaday and Thompson are stripped of their symbiotes, and fight each other without their legs…

In the end, Venom gets his symbiote back and arrests Kasaday, who is sans legs…

So that’s where we stood (pun not intended at first, but since I obviously now noticed it, I guess it is sort of intentional now, right?) as of Carnage U.S.A. So what happened next?

Go to the next page to find out!

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