Lasher is actually a forced spawn of the symbiote known as Venom. He, along with five other symbiotes, were created by a sinister corporation called the Life Foundation. This corporation experimented with Venom in the hopes of developing superhuman peacekeepers to watch over their imagined fallout shelter utopia. One of the three men who were chosen as hosts for Venom's spawn was the mercenary Ramón Hernández.
Ramón Hernández was created by David Michelinie, Ron Lim, Sam DeLarosa and Al Milgrom in 1993 and first appeared in Venom: Lethal Protector #4.
The name "Lasher" derives from the character's action figure. In the comic books he was only known by his first name Ramón, with no superhuman alias. This name has since stuck however, as in 2012's Carnage U.S.A. Ramón's symbiote was officially identified by the name of Lasher for the first time.
Major Story Arc
During Venom's time as Lethal Protector of San Francisco, Ramón and his "siblings" were defeated by Venom and Spider-Man. Ramón's symbiote was artificially aged to dust and his body was caught in a massive explosion.
It was later revealed that the symbiotes had survived due to efforts by the Life Foundation. They broke Eddie Brock out of prison and kidnapped him in a last ditch effort to communicate with their alien "others." Unfortunately Eddie refused to aid them, due to Carnage's example that his "children" became psychopathic killers. After Leslie was killed, it was believed that Brock was the perpetrator. This was only compounded upon when Brock was later found with Carl's dead body in his arm and a sonic knife in his hand. This all turned out to have been a ruse from Scream however, having snapped from her schizophrenia and her symbiote's influence, now believing that the symbiotes and any who host them were evil. When her ruse was revealed, Ramón attempted to talk Scream down in order to prevent more bloodshed, but sadly to no avail. Ramón and the rest of his symbiote siblings were killed by her.
Ramón's symbiote survived however, and was imprisoned/experimented upon in the Vault along with its siblings (except Carnage and Scream). The symbiotes eventually merged together, and bonded with a man known as Scott Washington to form Hybrid.
In Carnage: USA, the Hybrid symbiote was revealed to have been forcibly separated behind the scenes. The Lasher symbiote, along with its siblings, were rendered catatonic as a result of the trauma of the separation. Covert Government Mercury Team, trained with them to teach them specialized tasks. Lasher was teamed up with Chief Petty Officer Marcus Simms, 10th Special Forces Group. Assigned Bio-Weapon: Symbiotically Enhanced War Dog.
Powers & Abilities
Lasher possesses all the powers the original Venom has, including shape-shifting, superhuman strength, the inability to be detected by Spider-Man's "spider-sense", and suit-generated webbing. In addition, Lasher has the capability of creating thick green mucus from his suit that crushes its victim under its weight, as well as using the tentacles from the suit to "lash" or grab its victim, which is his primary weapon.