Review: Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1

Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1

Alejandra Jones, unless you know that name or a big Ghost Rider fan, Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance is a bit of a throwaway comic that may be important down the road.

The story revolves around Alejandra Jones who is a Ghost Rider and has a history with symbiotes. Carnage is collecting the “codexes” of those who have been infected with the symbiote. That involves tearing out their spine. Danny Ketch is sent to a small village to help Alejandra and stop Carnage.

Written by Ed Brisson, the comic is, for the most part, one long fight scene. It’s also an intriguing comic. As I said above, it feels like a bit of a throwaway comic. It’s a chapter that’s sort of needed to answer questions about Absolute Carnage of the collecting of the symbiote data. But, where it’s a bigger deal is that it seems like it’ll be an important deal for the upcoming Ghost Rider #1. It’s a stealthy comic in a way. The comic says Absolute Carnage but it’s a leadup for another series.

The comic is really for the hardcore. I doubt many comic fans would have even thought about Alejandra when it comes to Absolute Carnage. And, the story is more geared towards die-hard Ghost Rider fans. The story itself is fine but beyond the last page, its point or need isn’t all that clear.

The art by Juan Frigeri is nice. There’s some solid action and nice designs to characters. The color by Dono Sanchez-Almara has a nice brown and red palette that adds to the comic. Joe Caramagna‘s lettering sticks out not just for Carnage but the always interesting inverted text bubbles of black with white lettering.

Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance is a comic that you read quickly and generally forget. It’s entertaining but doesn’t stand out a whole bunch. The comic feels like it’ll become important down the line once Ghost Rider #1 is released. Stealthy is the best way to describe it all.

Story: Ed Brisson Art: Juan Frigeri
Color: Dono Sanchez-Almara Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.25 Art: 7.4 Overall: 7.25 Recommendation: Read

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