WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Web of Venom: Carnage Born #1 by Donny Cates, Danilo S. Beyruth, Chris Peter and Clayton Cowles, in stores now.
The last chapter of the Venom comic book series, Issue #8, written by symbiote mastermind Donny Cates and illustrated by Iban Coello, ended with a shocker: A cult devoted to the god of the symbiotes, Knull, had taken possession of a sample the Grendel dragon symbiote and was getting ready to bond it with Cletus Kasady, in the hopes of giving their master a new host in Carnage.
Now, here we are no more than a week later, and we see this plan come to fruition -- with devastating and potentially dangerous consequences. In Web of Venom: Carnage Born #1, Donny Cates and artist Danylo S. Beyruth pick up right where Venom #8 left off. The cult devoted to Knull use the newly-discovered body of Cletus Kasady to bring back their all-powerful god, but all doesn't go exactly as planned. Instead of simply bringing Knull back inside Cletus Kasady, they have created a new Carnage that is even more frightening and dangerous than before -- a dark Carnage who has just become a threat to the entire Marvel Universe.
When the cult bonds Cletus with the Grendel sample, the supervillain is briefly connected to the symbiote god and the both of them fight for control. In order to help complete the process, one of the members of the cult reveals that she was once bonded to a symbiote and that, like everyone else who has ever been a symbiote host, a part of the alien parasite has been left behind in her DNA, something that is also known as a codex. She willingly offers what little symbiote she has left in her to Cletus, but before it can be surgically removed Cletus rips out her spine and consumes the codex whole.
Now, Carnage is reborn, and what's worse, he has seen the face of his god. The problem? Carnage wants more -- a lot more. Now, he has set his sights on Knull and, thanks to the cult, he knows that if he consumes as many leftover symbiotes as he can, it could be enough to connect him to the Klyntar hivemind and bring Knull back. All he has to do is hunt down every single codex a symbiote has left behind, in every single host on Earth.
It just so happens that, in the Marvel Universe, there have been a lot of characters who have, at one time or another, bonded with a symbiote. Essentially, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, The Thing, Captain America, Red Hulk, Wolverine, Deadpool and so many more characters have just become targets for Carnage to hunt down. And this is a Carnage who is even more powerful and driven than before.
Now, the evil symbiote only has one goal, and in order to accomplish it he will go after every one of these characters. It's no wonder that the past solicits for Venom #8 teased that this issue would feature the start of "next summer's Venom epic." By all accounts, it looks like this is only the beginning of a massive event.