Carnage Just Became a Ghost Rider - and He Looks Like Hell

WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1 by Ed Brisson, Juan Frigeri, Dono Sánchez-Almara and VC's Joe Caramagna, on sale now.

With Carnage targeting anyone who has ever bonded to a symbiote on Earth during the comic crossover event Absolute Carnage, one of the genocidal villain's most high profile victims include Alejandra Jones, a former Ghost Rider who  briefly bonded to the Venom symbiote shortly after becoming a host for the Spirit of Vengeance.

In the latest tie-in special for the horror-tinged crossover, Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1 by Ed Brisson and Juan Frigeri, Alejandra's past comes back to haunt her and not even the combined efforts of Johnny Blaze and Danny Ketch are enough to save their fellow Ghost Rider.

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Ghost Rider Alejandra Jones

Created by Rob Williams and Matthew Clark in 2011's Ghost Rider #1, Alejandra was sold by her human trafficking father to a mysterious organization training orphans in a remote Latin American temple to become hosts for the Spirit of Vengeance. After Johnny relinquishes the Spirit in a moment of weakness, Alejandra becomes the latest Ghost Rider, rebelling against the cult after learning its plan to turn humanity into mindless drones in a fanatical effort to eliminate sin completely.

During a team-up in Las Vegas along with Red Hulk, X-23 and Venom while the symbiote was bonded to Flash Thompson, Alejandra would bond with the symbiote to help the others, leading to her fateful encounter with Carnage years later.

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After returning the majority of the Spirit of Vengeance's powers to Johnny who later succeeded Mephisto as the Lord of Hell, Alejandra retired from her short-lived superhero career to protect a remote Nicaraguan village. Carnage's cult of murderous zealots track down Alejandra, with the empowered Cletus Kasady fighting her to forcibly rip the codex implanted in her spine by the symbiote while bonded to her. Sensing his one-time replacement is in danger, Johnny summons his brother Danny Ketch to travel down to Nicaragua to help her in the nick of time.

Unfortunately, even the combined might of two Ghost Riders proves to be no match for Carnage, drawing power from the dormant God of Symbiotes Knull. Danny attempts to use the Penance Stare on Cletus, to bring the full weight of his sins and victims against the villain only for Carnage to revel in being reminded of all the evil he has committed in his life. Ultimately, Carnage is successful in killing Alejandra, removing the codex from her spine and temporarily gaining control of her powers to become fearsome figure powered by both the symbiote and Spirit of Vengeance as he continues the fight against Danny.

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Absolute Carnage Ghost Rider

Fortunately, death is not the end for Alejandra as she is reunited with Johnny in Hell. Urging him to use his newfound abilities to put her back in the fight, Alejandra temporarily possesses a young girl in the village and rallies the other inhabitants to rescue Danny from Carnage by pelting the villain with makeshift Molotov cocktails to take advantage of the symbiote's weakness to fire. Having obtained what he traveled to Nicaragua for, Carnage is retrieved by his cult, much to his frustration which he takes out gruesomely on an errant follower.

With the death of Alejandra Jones, the sole remaining Ghost Riders active on Earth are Danny Ketch and Robbie Reyes. Back in Hell, Alejandra is led by Johnny to meet other former hosts of the Spirit of Vengeance to set up a new status quo of sorts as Marvel prepares to relaunch Ghost Rider's comic book series next month. And with Alejandra's codex now in his possession, Carnage has become even more powerful and is one step closer towards his goal of awakening his dark god to consume the entire Marvel Universe.

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