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Review: Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety

Absolute Carnage spreads and the call to the symbiotes is too strong. Even innocent families are being called to Knull.

Story: Clay McLeod Chapman
Art: Brian Level
Color: Jordan Boyd
Letterer: Travis Lanham

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Review: Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1

Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1

Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1 is everything you’d hope for in a tie-in to the Carnage focused event. The comic is a follow-up in a way to Deadpool vs. Carnage. At the end of that series, four of the five Life Foundation Symbiotes – Riot, Phage, Agony, and Lasher – bonded to a stray dog, wandering the Midwest. But with Carnage descending on New York, the call to join him is too great.

Written by Clay McLeod Chapman, Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1 is horror done right. The comic revolves around an abusive family who is paid a visit by the symbiotes. From there, it’s a descent into destruction and murder as the family is consumed.

The comic is rather simple in a way taking the trapped in a house while hunted horror setting. But, it works really well. Chapman leaves it open as to who will and won’t escape and you can feel the tension build as the comic progresses. Sure, there’s a lot of tropes here but that’s also partially what makes horror enjoyable.

The one negative to the comic is, if you’ve never read Deadpool vs. Carnage, the symbiotes aren’t really explained. The dog is a mystery. I haven’t read that previous series but I still enjoyed this for the spiral into death that it is.

Part of that enjoyment is due to Brian Level‘s art. Along with color by Jordan Boyd and lettering by Travis Lanham, the art emphasizes the terror. There are literal spirals that play off the Knull motif and the out of control nature of it all. Lanham’s lettering provides a disturbing “tone” to the dialogue. Boyd’s colors at times add a sickly palette. The art and lettering come together to build on and emphasize the scariness of it all.

The comic absolutely delivers horror tropes but there’s something to it that makes it all enjoyable. There’s an unknown aspect to the comic that makes its story all the more scary and disturbing. Add in just enough macabre and it comes together to create the perfect tone for a comic tied into Carnage.

Story: Clay McLeod Chapman Art: Brian Level
Color: Jordan Boyd Letterer: Travis Lanham
Story: 8.35 Art: 8.35 Overall: 8.35 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1

Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1

(W) Clay Chapman (A) Brian Level (CA) Philip Tan
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 14, 2019
SRP: $4.99

HELLISH HORROR IN THE MIGHTY MARVEL MANNER!

Since the conclusion of DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE, four of the five LIFE FOUNDATION SYMBIOTES – Riot, Phage, Agony and Lasher – have been bonded to a stray dog, wandering the Midwest. But as Carnage descends on New York, its siblings will find it impossible to resist the siren song of KNULL…

Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1

Absolute Carnage Infects the Marvel Universe with Tie-Ins

This summer, everyone is a target in Absolute Carnage, Marvel’s epic summer event!

At the Diamond Retailer Summit in Las Vegas this past weekend, Marvel announced upcoming Absolute Carnage tie-in titles debuting this August, including the new limited series Scream, featuring the return of a classic symbiote…the daughter of Venom! Check out all the covers for the tie-ins announced below, along with a handy checklist to make sure you don’t miss any of these exciting stories!

Don’t miss these thrilling tie-in adventures to the deadliest story in the Marvel Universe, available at your local comic shops this August!

VENOM #17

Written by DONNY CATES
Art by IBAN COELLO
Cover by KYLE HOTZ

VENOM #17

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE VS. DEADPOOL #1 (of 3)

Written by FRANK TIERI
Art by MARCELO FERREIRA
Cover by TYLER KIRKHAM

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE VS. DEADPOOL #1 (of 3)

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: LETHAL PROTECTORS #1 (of 3)

Written by FRANK TIERI
Art by ALBERTO JIMENEZ ALBURQUERQUE
Cover by BENGAL

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: LETHAL PROTECTORS #1 (of 3)

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: MILES MORALES #1 (of 3)

Written by SALADIN AHMED
Art by FEDERICO VINCENTINI
Cover by CLAYTON CRAIN

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: MILES MORALES #1 (of 3)

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SCREAM #1 (of 3)

Written by CULLEN BUNN
Art and Cover by GERARDO SANDOVAL

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SCREAM #1 (of 3)
ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SCREAM #2 (of 3)

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SEPARATION ANXIETY #1

Written by CLAY McLEOD CHAPMAN
Art by BRIAN LEVEL
Cover by PHILIP TAN

ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: SEPARATION ANXIETY #1

Review: Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #2

Star Wars: Vader - Dark Visions #2

To command an Imperial Destroyer is a coveted position. But with such great responsibility comes grave consequences if you fail your mission. How far will one officer go to spare himself from the judgment of Darth Vader?

Some of the most memorable scenes from Star Wars is that of Darth Vader choking individuals who fail him (or threatening to). The fear that it generates is a motivator for some and lets face it, there’s some wish fulfillment there for some of us. Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #2 explores that concept with a story of a commander who doesn’t want to fail Vader and knows if he does what that means.

Writer Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum delivers an entire issue to what an officer would do to avoid being choked out. The situation spirals in comedic ways to deliver a story that’s actually kind of funny due to the absurdity of it all. As commands are issued, the reader knows things aren’t going to work out, but how badly things goes is so over the top it’s hard to not laugh at times.

Brian Level‘s art, with color by Jordan Boyd and lettering by Joe Caramagna, is interesting and helps add to the levity of it all. The story could easily have taken on a much more serious, almost horror like quality easily. But, as presented, there’s a slapstick like quality about the art style that enhances the humor of it all. There’s also interesting use of panels and perspectives that makes the comic a bit more interesting visually.

The issue is an entertaining one that’s a quick read but had me laughing throughout. It’s a less serious take on Star Wars in a way poking fun at what is a serious matter. While not as good as the first issue, it’s still succeeds in delivering an aspect of how others view Vader, in this case fear of his wrath. For those that want a laugh or are Star Wars fans, this is well worth checking out.

Story: Dennis Hopeless Art: Brian Level
Color: Jordan Boyd Letterer: Joe Caramagna
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.45 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Preview: Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #2 (of 5)

Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions #2 (of 5)

(W) Dennis Hopeless (A) Brian Level (CA) Greg Smallwood
Rated T
In Shops: Mar 27, 2019
SRP: $3.99

THE COST OF FAILURE.
• To command an IMPERIAL DESTROYER is a coveted position.
• But with such great responsibility comes grave consequences if you fail your mission.
• How far will one officer go to spare himself from the judgment of DARTH VADER?

STAR WARS VADER DARK VISIONS #2

Review: Cosmic Ghost Rider: Baby Thanos Must Die

Really, the title says everything you need to know about this series. It’s utterly insane as the cosmic infused version of Ghost Rider aka Frank Castle aka the Punisher decides he can change Thanos’ destiny.

Cosmic Ghost Rider: Baby Thanos Must Die collects issues #1-5 and material from Thanos Legacy #1 by Donny Cates, Dylan Burnett, Brian Level, Antonio Fabela, and Jordan Boyd.

Get your copy in comic shops now and in book stores February 5! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Darth Vader’s Secrets are Unearthed in Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions!

Who is Darth Vader? You’ve known him as a symbol of power, a villainous commander, and a Sith Warrior. But this March, get ready to see a side of Vader you’ve never seen before – and a side that the galaxy has never seen before!

Writer Dennis Hopeless invites you to experience all-new twisted adventures of the Dark Lord. With rising star artist Paolo Villanelli taking on issue #1 and break-out artist Brian Level joining for issue #2, Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions takes readers to the darkest parts of the galaxy. Places where even the mysterious anti-hero known as Darth Vader can be someone’s greatest fear, and even…someone’s greatest hope!

The limited series begins this spring, in a story that will shed a new light on the many sides of the galaxy’s greatest villain.

Don’t miss Star Wars: Vader – Dark Visions, in comic shops this March with covers by Greg Smallwood!

Review: Thanos Legacy #1

Rising star Donny Cates returns to the Mad Titan to bring the story bridging the gap between his best-selling “Thanos Wins” and the world-shattering Infinity Wars! How did Thanos’ journey back from the future lead to the events of Infinity Wars Prime? Now it can be told!

A video review of Thanos Legacy #1 (SOME SPOILERS, BUT MARVEL ALREADY SPOILED!)

Story: Donny Cates, Gerry Duggan Art: Brian Level, Cory Smith
Cover Art: Geoff Shaw
Color: Jordan Boyd, Ruth Redmond Letterer: Clayton Cowles

Review: Thanos Legacy #1

Rising star Donny Cates returns to the Mad Titan to bring the story bridging the gap between his best-selling “Thanos Wins” and the world-shattering Infinity Wars! How did Thanos’ journey back from the future lead to the events of Infinity Wars Prime? Now it can be told!

Thanos Legacy #1 features two stories each dealing with the Mad Titan. The first, written by Donny Cates is the main driver here focused on the events of Cates’ recent run on Thanos as well as the events of Infinity Wars Prime. Thanos wants to prevent the future self he saw and Gamora seems to have answered that call but where do things go from here? This series seems to be filling in that piece of the puzzle with what comes next now that Thanos’ head is no longer attached to his body.

The first issue does a decent job of catching up the reader as to the events leading up to things and then takes it steps further with setting up the focus of the series. It’s a good comic that serves as a chance for new readers to catch up. While there are some gaps, the issue is a jumping on point for the Marvel cosmic epic currently being weaved. At least, it’s a jumping on point for this one aspect of it.

The art by Brian Level and colorist Jordan Boyd is good. There’s some solid shots of Thanos that gets me to rethink the events of Infinity Wars Prime revealing small details I missed when reading it. Along with Cates’ story, the two combine to peal back and reveal more about Thanos and those final moments. What went from a murder has evolved into a being accepting their fate and embracing it. A close up of a smirk adds to that layer.

There’s also a back-up story by Gerry Duggan with art by Cory Smith and color from Ruth Redmond. This tale of Gamora and Thanos focuses on a brutal lesson taught by father to daughter. Without words, the impetuous is on the art to convey everything and every detail matters. From the body language to a facial expression, Smith and Redmond deliver emotion throughout. Every moment we can tell what Gamora is thinking and going through.

The issue is a solid start and it’s the back-up story from Duggan, Smith, and Redmond that really stand out. Overall, it feels like a chapter in Marvel’s cosmic grand plan and one that if you’re into that side of the Marvel Universe you’ll want to check out. The fact it’s also a good starting point makes it stand out as a comic to check out this week.

Story: Donny Cates, Gerry Duggan Art: Brian Level, Cory Smith
Cover Art: Geoff Shaw
Color: Jordan Boyd, Ruth Redmond Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.95 Art: 7.85 Overall: 7.90 Recommendation: Read

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