Real Name: Frances Louise Barrison

Identity/Class: Human mutate

Occupation: Former rock band groupie, former drug dealer, mass murderer

Group Membership: None;
formerly Sinister Sixteen (Armadillo, Beetle/Janice Lincoln, Bi-Beast, Boomerang/Fred Myers, Clown, Cyclone/Pierre Fresson, Human Fly, Kangaroo/Brian Hibbs, "Man Mountain", Mirage, Overdrive, Scorcher, Speed Demon, Spot, Squid), Doom Maidens (Anaconda, Aradnea, Echidna, Mindblast, Scorpia, Titania, Zheng Bao Yu), "Carnage Crew/Family" (Carnage/Cletus Kasady, Carrion/Malcolm McBride, Demogoblin, Doppelganger)

Affiliations: Caroline Le Fay, Owl;
    formerly Gale, Mayhem, Dr. Tanis Nieves, Pyromania, Webber

Enemies: Black Cat (Felicia Hardy), Captain America (Steve Rogers), Chameleon, Cloak (Tyrone Johnson), Dagger (Tandy Bowen), Deathlok, Defenders/Shieldmaidens (Elsa Bloodstone, Clea, Hippolyta, Misty Knight, Danielle Moonstar, Nova/Frankie Raye/Frances Hyatt, Ren, Annabelle Riggs, Valkyrie/Brunnhilde), Firestar (Angelica Jones), Michael Hall, Iron Fist (Danny Rand), Jackal (Miles Warren), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Venom (Edward Brock), Wardogs of Thanos

Known Relatives: None

Aliases: "First Lady of the Carnage Family", Sandra Deel

Base of Operations: New York City, USA;
    briefly Ravencroft Institute

First Appearance: Spider-Man Unlimited I#1 (May 1993)

Powers/Abilities: Shriek can shoot sonic blasts from her hands, amplify pain, destroy objects and propel her through the air. A sonic buffer zone around her protected her to some degree from the impact of blows. She can also influence people around her to bring out the bad in them and make them act violent. She can also manifest these powers from her often-glowing left eye. She can fly and levitate other people, drain power from machinery and possesses enhanced human strength, considering she was strong enough to lift a full grown man over her head with on hand, but not strong enough to break out of a strait jacket. She proved to be immune to the Carrion virus and was able to absorb it into her body.

Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 115 lbs.
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Black


(Spider-Man I#37 (fb) - BTS) - As a little girl, the person who would become Shriek was fat and insecure who was abused by her parents. Frances was abused as a child by her parents.

(Spider-Man I#35 (fb) - BTS) - She became a rock band groupie. She was deeply disturbed by her childhood.

(Web of Spider-Man I#101 (fb) - BTS) - She was a small-time drug dealer. Shortly after she had gained her sonic powers she had a run-in with Cloak and Dagger, and was driven (further) insane by being in the Darkforce dimension in Cloak's cape.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#202 (fb) - BTS) - Since her trip to the Darkforce dimension Shriek's sonic powers were enhanced and she could additionally transmit violent emotions to others.

(Spider-Man Unlimited I#1 (fb) - BTS) - According to her she was just enjoying some mass murder when she was shot in the head by some cops. She was later imprisoned at the Ravencroft Institute.

(Spider-Man I#35 (fb) - BTS) - While at Ravencroft Shriek read about Demogoblin at some point.

(Spider-Man Unlimited I#1) - After Carnage was brought to Ravencroft Institute, he began slaughtering everyone in the building. He came upon Shriek who was enjoying the screaming of the dying staff. She convinces Carnage to bring her along with him and they can go together on a killing spree. On their way they encountered the Doppelganger, the duplicate of Spider-Man created by the Magus, and Shriek decided to keep him as a pet. Later, Shriek and Doppelganger met Spider-Man and attacked him. Doppelganger knocked him off a building and carried Shriek away.

(Web of Spider-Man I#101) - Doppelganger lets Shriek down on a rooftop and goes back after Spider-Man. Shriek follows, and a battle ensues at Cloak and Dagger's church, pitting Shriek, Carnage, and Doppelganger against Spider-Man, Cloak and Dagger. The battle ended when Shriek killed Dagger with her sonic blasts and the villains fled.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#378) - Carnage yells at Shriek for going after Spider-Man without him. They reconcile quickly and establish the idea that they are a family, with Carnage as the father, Shriek as the mother, and Doppelganger as the son. They celebrate by killing lots of civilians. They then are confronted by Venom, and the three of them defeat him utterly.

(Spider-Man I#35) - Shriek reluctantly agrees to let Demogoblin join their "family." Shriek and company get into another confrontation with the heroes. This battle ends when Shriek brings the roof down on Venom and the Black Cat and the villains flee to kill more people.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#201) - Shriek settles a dispute between Demogoblin and Carnage about what they should be doing, when she convinces them they are both doing similar things. The villains kill lots more people and cover the streets with corpses.

(Web of Spider-Man I#102) - Shriek and her allies break into a dance club and start slaughtering the dancers. The slaughter goes on until Black Cat, Spider-Man, Cloak, Venom, and Morbius come to oppose them. At the end of the battle, the villains burn the club down and flee yet again to continue their mass murder.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#379) - Shriek and the "Carnage Crew" destroy a museum. An emergency branch of the NYPD bursts in and they are slaughtered as well. Shriek and company also welcome the newest member to their "family", Carrion.

Later on, while the villains are slaughtering dozens of civilians downtown, Deathlok comes to resist. Shriek defeats him with her sonic blasts.

(Spider-Man I#36) - Shriek and the four other members of her "family" had taken refuge in the abandoned orphanage Carnage grew up in. They are again confronted by Spider-Man, Black Cat, Morbius, Venom, Firestar, and Cloak, along with a sonic gun. The battle raged on until Venom and Firestar used sonics and heat to immobilize Carnage. Spider-Man prevents Venom from killing Carnage. Shriek yells at his weakness. Carnage recovers and the battle resumes again.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#202) - The battle continues to rage with each hero taking a villain. Shriek takes on Cloak. She defeats him by taunting him about how she killed Dagger and then hitting him with a sonic blast until he teleports away. At the end of the battle, all the heroes have been defeated except for Venom. Shriek shoots her sonic beams at Venom and beats him with her fists. Carnage then takes him along planning on torturing him.

(Web of Spider-Man I#103) - Shriek and her "family" kill civilians right and left on their way to the statue of liberty. Once they arrive, Carnage and Shriek torture Venom over an open fire and Shriek's blasts.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#380) - Shriek stands atop a building using her powers to bring out the worst in everyone below. Below her people are rioting and killing each other. Shriek is attacked by five heroes and holds her own for a little while before being knocked unconscious by Captain America's shield. Spider-Man wraps her up in his webs and the heroes go to calm down the rioters. While they are doing that, she is freed by Demogoblin and Doppelganger, and then exerts her full attention on bringing out the worst in everyone around her (before she wasn't even trying). Everyone is now insanely violent and against the heroes.

(Spider-Man I#37) - Shriek continues to bring out the worst in everyone and then leaves with Doppelganger and Demogoblin and leaves the heroes to themselves. Carnage is upset with Shriek for going killing without his permission, he gets really confrontational with her and Doppelganger pulls him off. Carnage kills Doppelganger. The family squabble is interrupted when all of the heroes barge in with a newly resurrected Dagger.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#203) - Shriek and Dagger fight. Dagger fills Shriek with her light and Shriek almost repents, but then renews her attack on Dagger. After Dagger is pulled to safety by Spider-Man, Carnage and Shriek argue a little more before turning their attention to the heroes to find only Spider-Man is left. They guess the others ran away, and they beat up Spider-Man. Shriek uses her powers to bring out his worst memories and thoughts, until the other heroes return with a machine they zap the Carnage Crew with. The machine, an "alpha magni-illuminator" or a "good bomb" makes Shriek want to repent and seek redemption. She passes out and is taken by the authorities.

(Web of Spider-Man Annual I#10) - Shriek was brought to Ravencroft. There she managed to goad one of the guards into slapping her, dislodging her power dampening unit. She then went on to free a group of other criminals/patients/nutjobs: Gale, Mayhem, Pyromania, and Webber, and convinced them to join her, although Mayhem--a former cop--fought against her initially. The combined efforts of John Jameson--head of security--and Spider-Man brought down all five of them. Jameson nailed Shriek in the back of her neck with a tranquilizer dart while she was focusing her efforts on Spidey.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#390) - Dr. Ashley Kafka is trying to convince Malcolm McBride that he was not responsible for his crimes as Carrion. She showed him Shriek to show him true insanity. Shriek recognizes Malcolm and breaks out of her special cell, injures Dr. Kafka, grabs Malcolm, and escapes from Ravencroft.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#391) - Shriek is trying to get Malcolm to remember that he is her son, which she truly believes to be true. Malcolm tells Shriek that he is not her son. Shriek is enraged and throws him. She goes into a random house and kills the man living there. Shriek gets very frustrated with Malcolm, who keeps insisting that he isn't her son. Spider-Man barges in and hits Shriek a few times. She starts begging him to stop. She hesitates and she knocks him out with her sonic blasts. Shriek then gets an idea, and brings out the worst in Malcolm, and succeeds in turning him back into Carrion.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#392) - Shriek prevents Carrion from killing Spider-Man, saying that she sensed darkness in his soul. She wants to nurture it until he becomes dark like them, and joins them. Shriek and Carrion leave. Later, they get new costumes and Shriek starts to remember some things from her childhood. She freaks out and unleashes tons of energy and trashes the costume store they were in. She eventually stops and something from her display made Carrion realize that Shriek was not his mother. Shriek and Carrion go to Carrion's real mother's house and Shriek orders Carrion to kill his real mother.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#393) - Spider-Man barged in and Carrion attacked him. Spider-Man vents his anger on Carrion and Shriek is excited that he is getting darker. Spider-Man's conscience was appealed to however by Carrion's real mother and Shriek blasts Spider-Man with her sonic blast. Shriek tells Carrion to choose between her and his real mother. He starts using his power against himself. When Shriek sees that Carrions real mother is ready to die just to embrace her son before he dies, something triggers inside her. She absorbs the Carrion virus from Carrion's body and collapses, leaving Malcolm free of the Carrion curse. Spider-Man takes her back to Ravencroft.

(Web of Spider-Man I#117) - While Traveller is walking around Ravencroft, he sees Shriek.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#223) - Shriek was nurturing the virus in her like one would an unborn baby. Jackal invaded her cell and removed the virus.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#403) - Shriek and her fellow inmates at Ravencroft played the role of the Jury in a trial held by Judas Traveller in a sub-basement beneath the institute. In the end, Traveller stop the trial and returned Shriek and the other inmates to their cells.

(Spectacular Spider-Man II#241) - Shriek appeared on a security monitor along with several other Ravencroft inmates.

(Amazing Spider-Man I#552) - Shriek was present at a Bar With No Name in New York City along with other villains.

(Carnage#2 (fb) ) - After Hall Industries bought Ravencroft Shriek spent once again time there under Dr. Tanis Nieves' care. Shriek went crazy when she felt Carnage return to Earth and some guards tranquilized Shriek. Nieves wasn't pleased with the brutality the guards used against Shriek.

(Carnage#3 (fb) ) - While in Dr. Nieves' care Shriek was often visited by the Doppelganger, whom she saw in front of her window. She drew the Doppelganger and though some wanted to use thorazine on Shriek, Dr. Nieves forbade it because she didn't just put her patients to sleep.

(Carnage#1 - BTS) - <8 months later> Transported from Ravencroft through the city in an armored car Shriek used her powers to create an angry mob. At West Side Highway the Doppelganger attacked the transporter, but Spider-Man and Iron Man stopped him. When the angry mob reached the armored car Spider-Man and Iron Man held them back with the help of Firebrick and Royal Blue of Hall Industries. Royal Blue shot Doppelganger in half when he tried to open the armored car's door. The shot went right through Dr. Nieves, who had been influenced by Shriek as well.

(Carnage#1) - The armored car arrived with Shriek at Hall Industries and she was free to use her powers now because they needed her to influence the symbiote they had removed from Cletus Kasady. Shriek seemed scared!

(Carnage#2) - At Hall Industries R&D lab Shriek under the watch of scientists and Dr. Nieves was placed near the Carnage symbiote. According to Nieves Shriek was obviously scared. While watching Shriek Dr. Nieves' prosthetic arm, laced with Carnage's symbiotic DNA, took control over Nieves, who killed the guards and freed the symbiote, who turned her into the new Carnage.

(Carnage#3) - At Hall Industries R&D lab guards tried to bring Shriek back to her cell after the Carnage symbiont had taken over Dr. Nieves. When the Doppelganger attacked them on their way back to the cell they shot the Doppelganger despite Shriek telling them to leave him alone. When they didn't stop beating on Doppelganger Shriek used her powers to take down the guards. She felt great not only because she was using her powers again, but also because she was reunited with one of her "children".

(Carnage#4) - Shriek put on her costume at Hall Industries and took care of Dr. Nieves, who had lost the Carnage symbiote to Cletus Kasady. A jealous Shriek got angry at Nieves because she had been wearing the Carnage symbiote and was now carrying Carnage's offspring on her arm. Shriek assured Nieves that this didn't mean that Carnage loved Nieves more than Shriek. Shriek blamed Nieves for trying to change her and didn't want to help Nieves get rid of the symbiont she was carrying. Nieves cut off her symbiont-laced prosthetic arm and Shriek took it. Shriek carrying the symbiont and the Doppelganger then reunited with Carnage, who was fighting Iron Man and Spider-Man outside.

(Carnage#5) - Shriek tried to get close to Carnage, but he had no time for her because he was hunting Michael Hall at the moment. Trying to help Shriek caused an angry mob to burn down Hall Industries. Shriek showed Dr. Nieves what she had been capable off without Nieves holding her back. While holding Nieves with the prosthetic symbiont arm the symbiont asked Nieves if they could reunite and Nieves agreed. As Scorn Nieves kicked away Doppelganger and utilizing the symbiote forced Shriek to use her sonic scream against Carnage. After using her scream Shriek fell into a coma.. Spider-Man and Iron Man defeated the weakened Carnage.

   Remaining in a coma Shriek was transferred to a prison hospital. She was going to be charged with the murder of two Hall Industries employees if she ever woke up.

(Fearless Defenders#6) - Caroline Le Fay considered Shriek as one of several potential future Doom Maidens.

(Fearless Defenders#10) - Shriek, Scorpia, Titania and Mindblast of the Doom Maidens took down Wardogs of Thanos to acquire Terrigenesis cocoons from NYC alongside Caroline Le Fay. They also got into a short fight with the Shieldmaidens (Valkyrie, Hippolyta, Misty Knight) and the NuHuman Ren before escaping with several cocoons.

(Fearless Defenders#12) - The Doom Maidens (Anaconda, Aradnea, Echidna, Mindblast, Scorpia, Shriek, Titania, Zheng Bao Yu), Caroline le Fay and Mr. Raven fought the attacking Defenders/Shieldmaidens. During the battle Moonstar knocked out Scorpia, Shriek and Anaconda with an electric arrow she had won in a bet from Hawkeye. Caroline le Fay disappeared, and Shieldmaiden Nova absorbed all her remaining magical energy.

(Deadpool vs. Carnage#1) - Shriek shot a powerful energy blast right in Deadpool's face after Deadpool found and attacked Carnage outside Tulsa, Oklahoma.

(Deadpool vs. Carnage#2) - Shriek asked Carnage to just put Deadpool out of his misery, but before Carnage could go through with killing Deadpool, the Merc with a Mouth used terrible soundwaves (dubstep ;) ) to tear through the Carnage symbiote. Shriek destroyed the speakers Deadpool was carrying to give Carnage an advantage once again. When Deadpool tried to blow up Carnage Shriek flew her boyfriend to safety. Carnage gutted Deadpool, who fled and went to a nearby storage unit to pick up more weapons.

   After stealing a car Carnage took Shriek for a ride, but Deadpool soon caught up to them again and crashed right into their car with a combine harvester. Because Shriek was not buckled up she crashed right through the windshield with her head during the crash, losing consciousness instantly.

(Deadpool vs. Carnage#3) - Despite her head injury Carnage took Shriek with him after another fight with Deadpool and forced a family father to a ghost town.

(Deadpool vs. Carnage#3 (fb) ) - Shriek had regained consciousness when they arrived at the ghost town. Carnage slaughtered the family then broke with Shriek into the hidden military base under the ghost town which stored the multi-colored symbiotes. Shriek witnessed Carnage slay the soldiers and free the symbiotes.

(Deadpool vs. Carnage#4) - Carnage and Shriek took control over Carrington Cottage Psychiatric Hospital. Shriek put on a nurse's uniform and aided Carnage in slaying patients and personal alike while threatening the others. When Deadpool, who was now in the possession of the multi-colored symbiotes, shot Carnage through the head with a sniper rifle Shriek rushed to her boyfriend. Deadpool sent a dog possessed by a symbiote against Carnage and then used his symbiote-enhanced super-speed to slash Carnage several times. Shriek watched on in shock and shot the dog with an energy blast, but when it hit the ground it had transformed into Carnage. Though the true Carnage told her that it wasn't him on the ground Shriek couldn't take it anymore and ran off into the hospital.

   Driven mad by Deadpool Carnage ran off after gutting the symbiote-possessed Deadpool once again. Deadpool soon found Shriek and overpowered her. Encasing her in the symbiotes in the middle of a corridor Deadpool watched as Carnage attacked and nearly killed her. After this incident Deadpool put himself into a cell at the asylum while Shriek was brought away in an ambulance.

(Superior Foes of Spider-Man#12 (fb) - BTS) - Shriek healed up again and returned to her life of crime.

(Superior Foes of Spider-Man#12) - The Owl had Shriek join Boomerang's Sinister Sixteen in a raid on Chameleon's hideout.

(Superior Foes of Spider-Man#15) - Shriek joined Cyclone, "Man Mountain" and Kangaroo in instigating a bar fight against Boomerang's gang. Shriek beat up Override until he transformed a villanous paraplegic's wheelchair into a steamroller, which nearly crushed her.

Comments: Created by Tom Defalco, Mike W. Barr, Terry Kavanaugh, Ron Lim, Jerry Bingham, and Mark Bagley

The nature of Shriek's powers is unknown, as is their initial manifestation. She may be a mutant, or her powers may have been the result of the drugs, gunshot to the head, and Cloak's cape. Her powers may have already been there but were triggered by Cloak, which is what I believe. Shriek had an obsession with families. She wanted more than anything to have a loving family, and during "Maximum Carnage" she believed that Carnage was her husband and that Demogoblin, Doppelganger, and Carrion were her sons.

Is it possible that Shriek's powers might be the result of being Siryn's half-sister? More specifically; the daughter of a Banshee and Domino from an alternate-future (a la Bishop)?

Shriek has an entry in Marvel Legacy: The 1990s Handbook.

Thanks to Henrique Ferreira for the valuable info from Spider-Fan.

2013-2014 entries by Grendel Prime. Carnage titles by Markus Raymond.

Shriek should not be confused with:

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All-New Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe A to Z Premiere HC#10, Shriek Profile (main image) (original source: Amazing Spider-Man I#378, p5, pan1)
Amazing Spider-Man I#392, p1, pan3 (head shot)
Amazing Spider-Man I#379, p7, pan4 (Shriek's power)
Amazing Spider-Man I#393, cover (alternate costume)
Carnage#4, p22 (with symbiote arm attached to head)
Deadpool vs. Carnage#1, p20 (landlife with Carnage)

Spider-Man Unlimited I#1 (May, 1993) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Ron Lim (pencils), Jim Sanders III (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#101-103 (June-August, 1993) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Alex Saviuk (pencils), Don Hudson (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#378-380 (June-August, 1993) - David Michelinie (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spider-Man I#35-37 (June-August, 1993) - David Michelinie (#35), Terry Kavanagh (#36) & J.M. DeMatteis (#37) (writers), Tom Lyle (pencils), Scott Hanna & Al Milgrom (#37) (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#201-203 (June-August, 1993) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Sal Buscema (artist), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Web of Spider-Man Annual I#10 (1994) - Terry Kavanagh & Mike Lackey (writers), Jerry Bingham (pencils), Tom Palmer (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#390-393 (June-September, 1994) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Web of Spider-Man I#117 (October, 1994) - Terry Kavanagh (writer), Steve Butler (pencils), Randy Emberlin (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#223 (April, 1995) - Tom DeFalco (writer), Sal Buscema (pencils), Bill Sienkiewicz (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#403 (July, 1995) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Mark Bagley (pencils), Larry Mahlstedt & Sam DeLaRosa (inks), Danny Fingeroth (editor)
Spectacular Spider-Man II#241 (December, 1996) - J.M. DeMatteis (writer), Luke Ross (pencils), John Stanisci (inks), Ralph Macchio (editor)
Amazing Spider-Man I#552 (May, 2008) - Bob Gale (writer), Phil Jimenez (pencils), Andy Lanning (inks), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Carnage#1 (December, 2010) - Zeb Wells (writer), Clayton Crain (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Carnage#2 (February, 2011) - Zeb Wells (writer), Clayton Crain (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Carnage#3 (April, 2011) - Zeb Wells (writer), Clayton Crain (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Carnage#4 (June, 2011) - Zeb Wells (writer), Clayton Crain (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Carnage#5 (August, 2011) - Zeb Wells (writer), Clayton Crain (artist), Stephen Wacker (editor)
Fearless Defenders#6 (September, 2013) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Will Sliney (artist), Ellie Pyle (editor)
Fearless Defenders#10 (December, 2013) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Will Sliney (artist), Ellie Pyle (editor)
Fearless Defenders#12 (February, 2014) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Will Sliney (artist), Ellie Pyle (editor)
Deadpool vs. Carnage#1-2 (June, 2014) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Salva Espin (artist), Jordan D. White (editor)
Deadpool vs. Carnage#3-4 (July-August, 2014) - Cullen Bunn (writer), Salva Espin (artist), Jordan D. White (editor)
Superior Foes of Spider-Man#12 (August, 2014) - Nick Spencer (writer), Steve Lieber (artist), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)
Superior Foes of Spider-Man#15 (November, 2014) - Nick Spencer (writer), Steve Lieber (artist), Lauren Sankovitch (editor)

Last updated: 06/07/15

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