There’s a lot of Venom in the Marvel world lately, it’s not surprising that he got his own event.

What is Absolute Carnage about?

After being resurrected by a cult dedicated to the worship of the god Knull and being bonded to the deific primordial Grendel symbiote, the extremely deadly Cletus Kasady started to hunt those who were once bonded to a symbiote. He needs to collect their codices—pieces of symbiotes left in their bodies—in order to realize his dark projects.

Written by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, the Absolute Carnage event put the Marvel Universe in danger. Cletus Kasady makes his grand return to New York and starts collecting more and more codices. Now, Venom and Spider-Man teams up to stop him and are soon joined by all of the heroes of New York City.

Absolute Carnage Reading Order:

I. Previously on Venom

Like all Marvel Events, everything began a little earlier. In fact, everything began with the start of Donny Cates’ run on Venom. Here’s what you need to read to understand that Knull business:

 

  1. Venom by Donny Cates Vol. 1: Rex – Collects Venom (2018) #1-6
  2. Venom by Donny Cates Vol. 2: The Abyss – Collects Venom (2018) #7-12

Web of Venom, Prelude to Absolute Carnage : this is a series of one-shots published during the months leading to the Absolute Carnage event.

  1. Web of Venom: Carnage Born #1
  2. Web of Venom: Unleashed #1
  3. Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage #1
  4. Free Comic Book Day Vol 2019 #Spider-Man/Venom
  5. Web of Venom: Funeral Pyre #1

II. The Absolute Carnage Event

 

The must-read issues are the ones from the Absolute Carnage main series and from Venom. The rest is optional.

  1. Absolute Carnage #1

  2. Absolute Carnage: Ghost Rider #1

  3. Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man #1

  4. Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1
  5. Absolute Carnage: Scream #1-3
  6. Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #1-3
  7. Venom #17

  8. Absolute Carnage #2

  9. Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1-2

  10. Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #1-3

  11. Absolute Carnage: Avengers #1

  12. Venom #18

  13. Venom #19

  14. Absolute Carnage #3

  15. Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #3

  16. Absolute Carnage: Immortal Hulk #1

  17. Absolute Carnage #4

  18. Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1

  19. Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel #1

  20. The Amazing Spider-Man #30-31

  21. Absolute Carnage #5

III. After Absolute Carnage

  1. Venom #20
  2. Scream: Curse of Carnage #1

In Collected Editions :

    

  1. Absolute Carnage – Collects Absolute Carnage 1-5
  2. Venom by Donny Cates Vol. 3: Absolute Carnage – Collects Venom (2018) 16-19, Web of Venom: Funeral Pyre 1
  3. Absolute Carnage: Scream – Collects Absolute Carnage: Scream (2019) 1-3, Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety (2019) 1
  4. Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool – Collects Absolute Carnage Vs. Deadpool (2019) 1-3, Absolute Carnage: Captain Marvel (2019) 1, Ravencroft stinger pages from Captain Marvel (2019) 8, Amazing Spider-Man (2018) 24, Deadpool (2018) 14, Black Cat (2019) 2
  5. Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales – Collects Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales (2019) 1-3, Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus (2019) 1
  6. Absolute Carnage: Immortal Hulk and Other Tales – Collects Absolute Carnage: Immortal Hulk (2019) 1, Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man (2019) 1, Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance (2019) 1, stinger pages from Symbiote Spider-Man (2019) 3, Immortal Hulk (2018) 20.