By TJ Dietsch
Bringing a supposedly dead character back to life can be tricky, just ask Zeb Wells, writer of the upcoming five issue limited series CARNAGE which will debut in October with art by Clayton Crain. The whole thing becomes even more complex when the character had as memorable a death as Carnage, who got zipped up to space and ripped in half by The Sentry in the first arc of NEW AVENGERS.
"[Original Carnage host] Cletus [Kasady] was ripped in half and I think it would be a cheat to say he's survived months in space," Wells says. "I was never a big fan of Cletus anyway, and Clayton had a great take on a new host for the symbiote."
Wells kept quiet on most details of this new Carnage, but did offer a few hints to get fans excited for the pairing of the old symbiote with a brand new host.
"We wanted to keep the crazy costume but transpose it on a different personality," he reveals. "This Carnage will have murderous urges but will be more conflicted about them."
As you might expect, the return of one of Spider-Man's most murderous villains will draw the Web Head's attention, but Iron Man will also become involved.
|CARNAGE #1 cover by Clayton Crain|
Considering how much has happened to both heroes lately, this partnership might be strained at best, but Wells promises some classic Spidey humor along with plenty of action as the pair try to take down the new Carnage.
"Tony's been through some rough times, so Spidey will constantly try to lighten the mood," the writer says. "But around issue three, things just get insane and they have to watch each other's backs like brothers."
Of course, an epic such as CARNAGE needs an artist up to the challenge of not only bringing back an iconic villain, but also portraying two of Marvel's most well-known heroes; Wells can't think of anyone more up to the task than Crain.
"I've wanted to work with Clayton Crain since I started writing comics," he notes. "I've made no secret about it with almost every editor I've worked with. I'm forever in [editor Steve] Wacker's debt for making it happen. This is a professional dream come true, and I am not exaggerating at all."
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