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Review: Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance

The Absolute Carnage tie-in feels like it’s more of a lead up to Ghost Rider #1.

Story: Ed Brisson
Art: Juan Frigeri
Color: Dono Sánchez-Almara
Letterer: Joe Caramagna

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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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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

Pandemica #1

Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

Each week our contributors choose what they can’t wait to read this week or just sounds interesting. In other words, this is what we’re looking forward to and think you should be taking a look at!

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1 (Marvel) – Absolute Carnage has been top-notch so far and Ghost Rider getting involved has us very intrigued.

Chainsaw Reindeer (Action Lab: Danger Zone) – A reindeer gets pissed off by Santa’s abuse and goes on a murder spree. The concept is out there and gets us to laugh.

Gotham City Monsters #1 (DC Comics) – S.H.A.D.E. is no more and Frankenstein is a free agent once again and he’s got some revenge on his mind.

King Thor #1 (Marvel) – Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic team up again for one last ride with the Lord of Asgard!

Midnight Sky #1 (Scout Comics) – What if you discover the people around you aren’t who you thought they were? Think Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets They Live.

Pandemica #1 (IDW Publishing) – A war is brewing in the US and a shadow government is preparing a “purity bomb” for ethnic cleansing. A group of scientists and SpecOps are going to try to stop them.

Powers of X #4 (Marvel) – The refocusing of Marvel’s X-Men line of comics by Jonathan Hickman has been interesting and with the “death” of so many major characters last issue, this one should be an interesting read to see where he goes next.

Punisher Kill Krew #2 (Marvel) – The Punisher taking on a bunch of fantasy characters works WAY better than it should.

Starcadia Quest #1 (IDW Publishing) – The board game comes to comics!

Trees: Three Fates #1 (Image Comics) – Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s Trees returns with a murder mystery in a remote Russian village.

Preview: Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1

Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Juan Frigeri (CA) Philip Tan
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 11, 2019
SRP: $4.99

Carnage is hunting down previous symbiote hosts for codices that will unlock a direct link to the symbiote god Knull! And he’s not asking nicely…he’s taking them by force! Which means former Ghost Rider Alejandra Jones is next on his hit list!

With Johnny Blaze preoccupied as Hell’s king, it’s up to Danny Ketch to ride again and keep Alejandra out of Carnage’s clutches!!!

Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1