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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

Preview: Typhoid Fever: X-Men #1

Typhoid Fever: X-Men #1

(W) Clay Chapman (A) Will Robson (CA) R. B. Silva
Rated T+
In Shops: Nov 07, 2018
SRP: $4.99

• TYPHOID MARY has returned to Hell’s Kitchen and taken over the neighborhood’s psychiatric hospital, overwhelming Manhattan’s most dangerous neighborhood with her unique telekinetic abilities.
• When mutants and humans alike get caught in the crossfire, the X-Men have no choice but to intervene… only to square off against THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN?!

Preview: Typhoid Fever: Spider-Man #1

Typhoid Fever: Spider-Man #1

(W) Clay Chapman (A) Stefano Landini (CA) R. B. Silva
Rated T
In Shops: Oct 03, 2018
SRP: $4.99

Typhoid Mary is back in Manhattan and has set her sights on Hell’s Kitchen. With Daredevil preoccupied trying to take down Mayor Fisk, a power vacuum has suddenly formed in Manhattan’s most dangerous neighborhood, and Typhoid Mary aims to fill it with her own unique brand of chaos. But Daredevil isn’t the only guardian watching over the Kitchen’s residents… and SPIDER-MAN is going to prove it!

Review: Lazaretto #1

After a pandemic strikes, a dorm complex at a small American college is quarantined with all of the students trapped within. What first starts out as youthful freedom from authority soon devolves into a violent new society.

Written by Clay Chapman, Lazaretto #1 is that ominous build in the horror story where you know all hell is about to break loose but just don’t know when it’s all going to drop. Taking an outbreak storyline and placing it on a college campus isn’t something I think I’ve ever seen and confining it even more so by eventually placing it in one dorm creates a story that’s defined by it’s lack of contact with the greater outside world and also the claustrophobia that’ll eventually set it. Like other stories, Die Hard being an example, the limited setting does the story good in multiple ways.

Chapman’s focus on an ever tightening world helps focus the reader in for an intimate horror story and gives us the impression of a noose tightening as a disease rampages and illness spreads. It’d be easy to go the other way and show the greater damage but by focusing in, Chapman not only provides us a better focal point but also helps amp up the atmosphere of dread in what’s about to go down. By also focusing the story on a college campus, Lazaretto twists headlines where we regularly see outbreaks of disease during the school year, it’s an experience we can all relate to in some way.

The story set up is solid and engaging, though the characters Chapman uses isn’t too groundbreaking. There’s the innocent White religious girl and the African-American city kid, both are our main protagonists and who bond well into the story. While there’s nothing bad about the characters, there’s just nothing that really draws me to them other than the situation they’re thrusted in to.

The art by Jey Levang is interesting. It’s not that I dislike the art, it just doesn’t quite jive with the story being told. A slice of life story about college, it’d work perfectly, but something with the horror theme thrown in, the art doesn’t quite match up. It takes some of the scariness away though Levang does do an excellent job of adding in splashes of the disease spreading both giving hints and reminding us it’s a microscopic battle being waged. It’s an aethstetic choice I enjoyed and a nice touch that keeps the story focused on the virality of what’s being passed around (as opposed to the “it’s in the blood” we get from zombie stories).

Lazaretto #1 is a solid beginning and I found myself getting past the mismatch of art to really enjoy the story that’s being presented and be so happy I’m long removed from college. The series has a lot of potential and the first issue sets up a thriller which feels like it’ll be an excellent mix of horror, suspense, and a bit of the college melting pot.

Story: Clay Chapman Art: Jey Levang Cover Art: Ignacio Valicenti
Story: 7.6 Art: 7.0 Overall: 7.5 Recommendation: Read

BOOM! Studios provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review