Anti-Venom and Silence prepare for a symbiote battle in Extreme Carnage: Riot #1

page from Extreme Carnage: Riot #1
(Image credit: Marvel Comics)

Marvel's Extreme Carnage event is ramping up with a spotlight on Riot, one of the so-called Life Institute symbiotes whose history springs from the early days of the original Spider-symbiote, Venom.

(Image credit: Marvel Comics)
(opens in new tab)

In Extreme Carnage, the returned Flash Thompson/Agent Anti-Venom fights against the murderous Carnage and the Life Institute symbiotes - with Andi Benton/Silence, another symbiote hero, getting special tutelage from Thompson in this preview of Extreme Carnage: Riot #1 (opens in new tab) from writer Alyssa Wong with artists Frank Galan and Jim Campbell.

Here's a gallery of interior pages from Extreme Carnage: Riot #1:

"I've always loved symbiotes. Top of the list, possibly more than any superhero or supervillain when I was a kid. Weird, lovely xenobiology? Big, man-eating monsters? I'm in!" Wong told CBR (opens in new tab) back when Extreme Carnage: Riot #1 was first announced.

"Unfortunately, I'll never get to be a symbiote host. But I'm beyond stoked to contribute to Extreme Carnage, the symbiote event of the summer!" she states. "We'll be following Riot, one of the Life Foundations Symbiotes, on a fateful road trip. I can't wait to share this story - and the rest of the saga, written by the incredible Extreme Carnage team - with you soon!"

Extreme Carnage is told through a series of one-shots, each focusing on a different symbiote character with ties to Carnage and Venom as they navigate the post King in Black (opens in new tab) changes to what it means to be a symbiote host. It's all organized by a writer's group who Marvel calls the 'Symbiote Hive,' consisting of Wong, Phillip Kennedy Johnson, Clay McLeod Chapman, and Steve Orlando.

Extreme Carnage: Riot #1 goes on sale on August 25.

Riot is just one of the many symbiotes who have spun-off of Venom - but the main Marvel symbiote has a long legacy all his own. Here are the best Venom hosts of all time.

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)