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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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Marvel Reveals a new Dr. Strange, Incoming, Revenge of the Cosmic Ghost Rider, Spider-Ham, and More for December

On a special edition of The Pull List, Marvel revealed information about some of their upcoming releases in December.

Info was revealed about Incoming #1 that will shape the Marvel Universe in 2020, Guardians of the Galaxy #12 which concludes Donny Cates’ run, a new Dr. Strange series, and more.

Check out the full solicitations below.

DR. STRANGE  #1

Written by MARK WAID
Art by KEV WALKER
Cover by PHIL NOTO

The impossible has happened! Doctor Strange’s hands have been healed, restoring his surgical skills – but now he’s being torn between his obligations as the Sorcerer Supreme and as a neurosurgeon. And when he’s forced to choose which vows to uphold, who suffers most for it? After all, magic always has a cost…Be here for a brand new era of magic…and horror from Mark Waid (HISTORY OF THE MARVEL UNIVERSE) and Kev Walker (BLACK PANTHER)!

DR. STRANGE  #1

INCOMING #1

Written by AL EWING, DAN SLOTT, CHIP ZDARSKY, KELLY THOMPSON, GREG PAK, EVE L. EWING, MATT ROSENBERG, ED BRISSON, SALADIN AHMED, TINI HOWARD, JONATHAN HICKMAN, DONNY CATES, & JASON AARON
Art by HUMBERTO RAMOS, JIM CHEUNG AND MORE
Cover by PATRICK GLEASON

ONE WILL UNITE THEM!

A mysterious murder brings together the heroes of the Marvel Universe in the search for a killer – but no one can imagine where the trail will lead, or how it will affect everything in 2020 and beyond! Who is the victim and who is the assailant?

The closing chapter to MARVEL’s 80th year, which will connect the dots of everything that happened in 2019 and propel the narrative into the year that is to come! Featuring the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, Spider-Man, the Champions, the Agents of Atlas, Valkyrie, the Immortal Hulk, Jessica Jones, Venom, Ghost Rider, the Masked Raider and more!

INCOMING #1

REVENGE OF THE COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1 (OF 5)

Written by DENNIS “HOPELESS” HALLUM & DONNY CATES
Art by SCOTT HEPBURN & GEOFF SHAW
Cover by SCOTT HEPBURN

Cosmic Ghost Rider is back, baby! But with a reputation like his, it’s only a matter of time before the law catches up to the future Frank Castle and tries to put him in chains – too bad for the law, chains are Castle’s weapons of choice these days. Now in an intergalactic prison, the Rider is going to turn his cage into an all-out cage match! Who’s going to be the last alien standing?! Find out in this all new miniseries from Dennis “Hopeless” Hallum (MARVEL’S SPIDERMAN: CITY AT WAR) and Scott Hepburn (DEADPOOL)! Plus – Don’t miss out on a brand new short story from the guys who started it all, Donny Cates (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE) and Geoff Shaw (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY)!

REVENGE OF THE COSMIC GHOST RIDER #1 (OF 5)

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12

Written by DONNY CATES
Art by CORY SMITH & MORE
Cover by GEOFF SHAW

THE “FAITHLESS” STORYLINE ENDS HERE!

Thanos Wins…Cosmic Ghost Rider…The Death of the Inhumans…Silver Surfer: Black…Guardians of the Galaxy…It’s all been leading to this.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: IRON MAN #1

Written by JIM ZUB
Art by PACO DIAZ
Cover by STONEHOUSE

THE FIRST PREQUEL TO THE UPCOMING VIDEO GAME, MARVEL’S AVENGERS!

Avengers Assemble!  The road to Marvel’s Avengers begins here, with an all-new story leading directly into the events of the highly anticipated video game! IRON MAN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, BLACK WIDOW, THOR, and HULK are the mighty Avengers, but as the LETHAL LEGION strikes, it’s going to take more than their usual teamwork to save the day!  When TONY STARK discovers his enemies have co-opted Stark technology for nefarious purposes, it’s up to him to stop the leak.  But can his teammates be trusted, or is something more sinister at play? Featuring the debut of the game’s AVENGERS, as well as never before seen takes on some classic villains, you won’t want to miss this landmark moment in comics history!

MARVEL’S AVENGERS: IRON MAN #1

SPIDER-HAM #1 (of 5)

Written by ZEB WELLS
Art by WILL ROBSON
Cover by WENDELL DALIT

APORKALYPSE NOW!

Not a dream! Not a hoax! Not an imaginary tail! Spider-Ham finally has his own series! (Again!) Peter Porker, the Spectacular Spider-Ham finds himself jumping through time, side-by-side with Peter PARKER, the Spectacular Spider-MAN! ZEB WELLS and WILL ROBSON bring you the Ham and Man story you’ve been waiting for!

SPIDER-HAM #1 (of 5)

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

Sinners Beware as Ghost Rider #1 Nears

The devil’s bounty hunter returns! Ghost Rider streaks out of the underworld on his flaming motorcycle — with a skull to match — in an all-new ongoing series. Now, take one hell of a ride in a new trailer featuring Editor in Chief C.B. Cebulski, Assistant Editor Chris Robinson, and Writer Ed Brisson!  

Following his shocking accession, Johnny Blaze is now the king of the underworld! What challenges does a hero face when he presides over the worst humanity — and inhumanity — has to offer? While Blaze acts as demonic warden down below, fellow Ghost Rider Danny Ketch is tasked with collecting souls above. How does Ketch cope with being forced to serve in a role he despises? 

Ghost Rider #1 arrives on October 2.

Preview: Alpha Flight: True North #1

Alpha Flight: True North #1

(W) Jim Zub, Jed MacKay, Ed Brisson (A) Max Dunbar, Djibril Morissette-Phan, Scott Hepburn (CA) Nick Bradshaw
Rated T+
In Shops: Sep 04, 2019
SRP: $4.99

STRONG AND FREE!

Grab your hat and come travel light… adventure lies just around the bend! Three brand-new tales no one has ever told…until now! Join the greatest creators the Great White North has to offer as we unearth the secret history of the classic Alpha Flight stalwarts: Puck! Snowbird! Talisman! Northstar! Marrina! Guardian! Vindicator!

Alpha Flight: True North #1

SDCC 2019: It’s the Dawn of X with X-Men, Excalibur, Marauders, New Mutants, Fallen Angels, and X-Force

With just days until House of X #1 hits store shelves, Marvel announced six brand-new ongoing series with a suite of all-star creative teams to take mutantkind further than they’ve ever gone before, kicking off with X-Men, Excalibur, Marauders, New Mutants, Fallen Angels, and X-Force!

Announced at Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel at San Diego Comic-Con, these new series will build directly from the universe-shifting events of House of X and Powers of X.

These new series will kick off the first phase of Jonathan Hickman’s massive multi-year plan for the X-Men, redefining everything the world knows about mutants and their place in the universe. As the perfect jumping on point for new and long-time X-Men fans, these extraordinary series will change everything – with only more to come in the months and years ahead…

And this is only the beginning. The Dawn of X will begin this October!

X-MEN #1

Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Penciled by LEINIL FRANCIS YU
Cover by LEINIL FRANCIS YU

A NEW ERA DAWNS FOR THE X-MEN!

The X-Men find themselves in a whole new world of possibility… and things have never been better! Jonathan Hickman (HOUSE OF X, POWERS OF X, SECRET WARS) and superstar artist Leinil Yu (NEW AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA) reveal the saga of Cyclops and his hand-picked squad of mutant powerhouses!

On sale October 2019

EXCALIBUR #1

Written by TINI HOWARD
Penciled by MARCUS TO
Cover by MAHMUD ASRAR
On sale October 2019

A NEW DAY IS FORGED!

Mutantkind has always been special…as has their relationship with the world—or WORLDS—around them. As this new era dawns, a new connection forms between mutants and the magic of the world… and that of Otherworld! Can the new Captain Britain forge a new way through the chaos with her companions Rogue, Gambit, Jubilee, Rictor…and Apocalypse?!?

MARAUDERS #1

Written by GERRY DUGGAN
Penciled by MATTEO LOLLI
Cover by RUSSELL DAUTERMAN
On sale October 2019

THE X-MEN SAIL AT DAWN!

Even in this glorious new dawn, Mutantkind faces hardships and oppression from their human counterparts. Led by Captain Kate Pryde and funded by Emma Frost and the Hellfire Trading Company, Marauders Storm, Pyro, Bishop and Iceman sail the seas of the world to protect those hated and feared!

NEW MUTANTS #1

Issue 1 Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN & ED BRISSON
Issue 2 Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Penciled by ROD REIS
Cover by ROD REIS
On sale November 2019

THE NEXT GENERATION CLAIMS THE FUTURE!

The classic New Mutants (Sunspot, Wolfsbane, Mirage, Karma, Magik, and Cypher) get together with a few new friends (Chamber, Mondo) to seek out their missing member and share the good news… a mission that takes them into space alongside the Starjammers!

FALLEN ANGELS #1

Written by BRYAN EDWARD HILL
Penciled by SZYMON KUDRANSKI
Cover by ASHLEY WITTER
On sale November 2019

NOT ALL BELONG IN PARADISE!

Psylocke finds herself in this new world of Mutantkind unsure of her place in it… but when a face from her past returns only to be killed, she seeks help from others who feel similar to get vengeance. Cable and X-23 join Kwannon for a personal mission that could jeopardize all Mutantkind!

X-FORCE #1

Written by BENJAMIN PERCY
Penciled by JOSHUA CASSARA
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
On sale November 2019

THE COST OF THE FUTURE ISN’T CHEAP.

X-Force is the CIA of the mutant world—one half intelligence branch, one half special ops. Beast, Jean Grey and Sage on one side, Wolverine, Kid Omega and Domino on the other. In a perfect world, there would be no need for an X-Force. We’re not there… yet.

Preview: X-Force #10

X-Force #10

(W) Ed Brisson (A) Dylan Burnett (CA) Valerio Schiti
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jul 17, 2019
SRP: $3.99

With Rachel Summers under his control, Stryfe and his Mutant Liberation Front finally have the power to secure their futures – at the cost of everyone else’s. Will Cable and his X-Force be able to stop them, or will the time stream be forever altered? Find out in this final showdown!

X-Force #10
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