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(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman Rated T+ In Shops: Sep 18, 2019 SRP: $4.99
THE SUMMER OF SLAUGHTER CONTINUES!
• After the harrowing events at the end of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #2, Venom and Spider-Man have to deal with the hard truth that not everybody will make it out of this conflict in one piece… if they make it out at all, that is. • As Carnage continues to amass strength and allies, Venom and Spider-Man realize that the only way to beat him is to do the same…
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“Absolute Carnage” continues within the pages of Venom #18 with lots of action and some solid humor.
Donny Cates gives us a comic that feels like it stands on its own with the “Absolute Carnage” event. Dylan and Normie Osborn are still with the Maker as we learn about Sleeper. But, the focus is on the Maker who we all know is up to something more than he’s letting on.
Cates is able to mix humor and action to deliver a comic that feels like it’s solidly paced and just pure entertainment. This is a comic you can pick up and just enjoy, no thought needed. Just enjoy the experience.
That’s helped by the art of Iban Coello. There’s something that fits so well with this issue as far as the art. Along with Rain Beredo’s colors and Clayton Cowles’ lettering, it all comes together for a visual treat. The style and choices are entertaining and there’s a cute innocence in the art that belies the more horror nature of the underlying story. Instead the art style plays towards the humorous aspect of the story.
Venom #18 is just a solid comic. It does what it needs to do and does it in an entertaining way. There’s solid jokes in both dialogue and visuals and together it all creates a comic that feels like part of an event and not at the same time.
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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• Carnage’s unlikely and symbiotic allies swarm Venom and his family! • As all hell continues to break loose as Carnage’s army swarms the streets of New York, Eddie Brock has his hands full at Rex’s Warehouse!
(W) Frank Tieri (A) Marcelo Ferreira (CA) Tyler Kirkham Parental Advisory In Shops: Sep 11, 2019 SRP: $3.99
CARNAGE’S MOST WANTED!
• Having hosted five separate symbiotes, Deadpool becomes a prime target for codex hunters. • Dark Carnage puts a big target on Deadpool’s back, and the most dangerous forces in the Marvel Universe are on his trail! • There’s only one way out…and it will be ABSOLUTE CARNAGE.
(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!!!
Carnage is hunting down everyone who wore a symbiote in “Absolute Carnage.” What about the person who wore the “black suit” briefly before Peter Parker got it? Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man is his story.
Story: Peter David Art: Francesco Mobili Color: Java Tartaglia, Rain Beredo Letterer: Travis Lanham
Peter Parker, The Spectacular Spider-Man #99 & 100 pages by Al Milgrom, Herb Trimpe, Jim Mooney, Geof Isherwood, Bob Sharen, A. Kaotic, Joe Rosen, and Diana Albers.
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