Marvel’s latest comic book event has recently launched with Absolute Carnage #1 by writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman, which caps off the duo’s run so far on the main Venom title by pitting Eddie Brock and Peter Parker against a newly resurrected Cletus Kasady, aka Carnage.
However, this version is unlike anything fans have seen before. In fact, after coming back to life in Web of Venom: Carnage Born #1, the supervillain now had a new, horrifying look, and in an interview with CBR, Stegman and Cates explained the ideas that went into the aesthetic.
"I first drew it in the room at a summit," Stegman said of Carnage’s new look. "We were just talking about what we wanted, so I started to visualize it."
"We knew that he was a corpse, and I wanted to show that somehow," he continued. "So that's why we had the exposed spine. Because when he crashed back into Earth he would have just been a rotted corpse. We wanted to show that rotting, but also still make him Carnage."
Regarding Carnage's new logo, Stegman said, "I always wanted Carnage to have some sort of symbol. There was something about him not having one that always bothered me. So we gave him Knull's chest symbol. We pulled things from the story that we had already done, and it all came together pretty quick."
"There's something incredibly off-putting about seeing Carnage in his current incarnation and realizing that when you look at him in that suit, it's not a human being," writer Donny Cates added. "Every symbiote we've seen has been a layer on top of a humanoid figure, but when you look at Carnage it's like, “What the hell am I looking at?"
Absolute Carnage #1, by Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Frank Martin and Clayton Cowles, is now on sale from Marvel Comics.