Marvel made the announcement with a video at C2E2, where Cates introduces the new series and teases what fans will be able to expect when Venom and Carnage collide.
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE – Marvel’s epic summer event!
“Cletus Kasady is back, and he is deadlier than he’s ever been,” Cates says in the video. “ABSOLUTE CARNAGE encompasses every single character who has ever worn a Symbiote and every Symbiote that has ever been, going all the way back to when Peter found the black suit. Going from there to MAXIMUM CARNAGE to VENOMIZED to everything… everyone is a target.”
While the plot threads of “Absolute Carnage” go back a ways in the recent runs of Venom, the first real taste of the event will arrive on Free Comic Book Day, May 5th. Things will kick off in Spider-Man/Venom #1, which will be one of the free offerings from Marvel Comics. Following that debut, the event itself will arrive in full force in August. Cates will be writing the official, named series, with Stegman providing the art, and Frank Martin serving as colorist.