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Review: Absolute Carnage #2

Absolute Carnage #2

Things are looking desperate in Absolute Carnage #2. Venom and Spider-Man are surrounded by Carnage and his horde and that’s even before we get to Miles Morales’ story.

Writer Donny Cates continues to deliver an event that brings a tinge of horror to the Spider-Man universe. Carnage is on a mission to resurrect the symbiote god and he’ll need to kill a lot of people to do so.

What Cates delivers so well is the feeling of desperation. Spider-Man and Venom are outnumbered and know it. That feeling of people overwhelmed is projected to the reader nicely. There’s a sense of drowning concerning it all. That experience is repeated quite a few times within the issue. And that also leads the first problem.

The issue delivers some of the events we see in Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1. While it comes off as the “Reader’s Digest” version the two stories don’t quite line up in all of the details as far as what’s show in each. Some of that may be chalked up to different perspectives but it stands out. Also, the spin-off’s depiction of events feels a bit superior to this abbreviated take.

The art by Ryan Stegman is pretty solid. With ink by JP Mayer and color by Frank Martin, it looks really good. It’s not all perfect. There are moments where Stegman’s style doesn’t quite match the “horror” vibe of it. And, in one particular panel, Pete’s facial expression doesn’t quite match the moment. Stegman’s style is usually fantastic for Venom and Spider-Man but here it misses the tone a bit. What does hit the vibe is Clayton Cowles‘ lettering which just nails Carnage’s “voice” so well. It stands out and emphasizes the terror in every scene he’s in. It’s a perfect match of a lettering style to a character.

Absolute Carnage #2 is a good entry in the stand out event. The issue has some flaws but those are minor compared to the entertainment.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Ryan Stegman
Ink: JP Mayer Color: Frank Martin Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.75 Art: 7.75 Overall: 7.75 Recommendation: Read

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Review: Absolute Carnage #1

Absolute Carnage #1

There’s been a longtime build-up to this opening salvo of Marvel’s latest event. Absolute Carnage #1 delivers in every way.

I’ve never been a fan of the character Carnage but writer Donny Cates is slowly turning me into one.

Absolute Carnage #1 picks up on Cates’ epic Knull storyline as the back from the dead Carnage wants to free the symbiote god. Cates has been laying the groundwork for this for some time. Venom has seen most of the focus when it comes to this new depth for the symbiotes and their alien kind.

Here, tension builds as Eddie seeks out Spider-Man’s help. The two realize what is happening and decide to team-up to figure out how to stop Carnage.

Cates is able to deliver foreboding dread throughout the issue but also adds in the expected humor when it comes to Spider-Man. The story is serious but never crosses the line to the horror it should be. It comes close though.

What’s most impressive about Cates’ writing is he’s able to sum up most of what readers need to know. It’s all packed into the issue and in a way that feels organic. It’s not just Eddie recounting where we’re at, it feels important as he gets Spider-Man up to speed on the situation. It creates a comic both new and old readers alike can enjoy.

The art by Ryan Stegman is amazing. Along with ink by JP Mayer, color by Frank Martin, and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the issue is fantastic to look at. The art team delivers on the horror vibe of it all. But, they do so without diving into gore. Instead, the colors chosen and shapes of Carnage play and deliver on the vibe of it all. It’s supposed to make you uneasy and fill you with dread and it does. Even the page layouts and small details around the edge of some pages add to the emotion of it.

The issue is a hell of a start and how you do an event. There’s more than enough there to be inviting to new and old readers and it delivers a hell of a punch.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Ryan Stegman
Ink: JP Mayer Color: Frank Martin Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 9.5 Art: 8.75 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

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Review: Venom Vol. 2 The Abyss

Venom has battled a god but where does he go from there? How about dealing with his past? Eddie Brock and Venom head to his childhood home and faces his family.

Story: Donny Cates
Art: Iban Coello, Ryan Stegman, Joshua Cassara
Ink: Iban Coello, JP Mayer, Joshua Cassara
Color: Andres Mossa, Frank Martin
Letterer: Clayton Cowles

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Review: Venom Vol. 1 Rex

Venom and Eddie Brock are one again and an acient, primordial evil has awakened. This first volume adds depth to the history of Venom and symbiotes and open up a whole new world for the character.

Venom Vol. 1 Rex collects issues #1-6 by Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, and Frank Martin.

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Joe’s Corner: This Week’s Reviews, Spider-Man, Flash, Infinity War, Justice League Dark and More!

This is a weekly comic review show for comics Joe pulls or picks up. This video is for comics coming out the week of July 25th 2018. Joe reviews the books he picked up and gives us his favorite books of the week and at times, a cover of the week. If you’d like, follow Joe @jriddy5000son on Twitter, Instagram, and Mixer.

The comics I buy are bought from Secret Comix Cave, an awesome comic store. Support your local comic shop!

Physical comics featured:

The Amazing Spider-Man #2 Marvel Comics
The Flash #51 DC Comics
Infinity Wars: Prime #1 Marvel Comics
Justice League Dark #1 DC Comics
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #33 Marvel Comics
The Punisher #228 Marvel Comics
The Sentry #2 Marvel Comics
Venom #4 Marvel Comics
Wonder Woman #51 DC Comics

Other comics:
Saga #54
Action Comics #1001

Books Of The Week:
Justice League Dark #1

Covers Of The Week:
Venom #4 by Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, and Frank Martin

Review: Venom #1

In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – Venom! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock!

Venom restarts with a new number one that’s frankly fantastic. Writer Donny Cates kicks things off with some mysterious flashbacks and a bit of insertion of history and delivers a comic that feels like it breaks from the normal Venom formula and delivers something that’s new and interesting.

The issue opens with a flashback and nightmare of sorts with a style that’s more reminiscent of something we might see from Esad Ribic. From there we get running as Eddie must deal with his symbiote which is having some issues in both its function and… is afraid!? Eddie’s attached to an alien and that alien is having some issues. How does Eddie deal? What’s going on? That’s the mystery that drives this first issue.

Cates humanizes the alien in ways I haven’t seen before (not that I’ve read every Venom comic) and it’s actually interesting. I at times felt sympathy for what is essentially alien goop. The creative team seems to have spent a lot of time focusing on “humanizing” this pivotal piece instead of just focusing things through Eddie and saying “we” all the time. That humanizing of the alien is juxtaposed with Eddie himself who is struggling to stay under control and not let the beast out. This trauma is something I hope Cates explores more as the two concepts pulling against each other creates an interesting mix.

Cates also adds in some history of the symbiotes on Earth and while it feels a little shoehorned it’s also entertaining  and rather interesting. While it’s something I feel like we’ve seen a few times, there’s a weaving of this reveal into Marvel’s history that works and does so well. It’s hard to discuss more of this as this is a direction I wasn’t expecting and the results of it all is what I enjoyed. Going in cold it felt fresh and was rather surprising.

The art is fantastic. Ryan Stegman delivers the pencils with inks by JP Mayer and color by Frank Martin and it all together comes together in a way that is absolutely stunning. I’ve enjoyed Stegman’s work but this issue is some of the best I’ve seen from him. The depiction of Brock at times, you see a broken man who is near bottom and trying to start over. There’s a horror sense of it all with great use of inks to create shadows and build tension. That’s all helped by Clayton Cowles‘ lettering which too emphasizes the emotion from the symbiote and is particularly interesting when an alien language is introduced.

There’s a lot packed in here and it works really well delivering an issue that has a fresh aspect to it all that’s entertaining and will get you questioning the relationship between Eddie and his alien pal. There’s some solid questions asked and good reveals that are interesting each in their own way. This first issue builds upon what has come before and does so in a way that honors that past and takes us into a new direction and future where Venom will become more than the monstrous version of Spider-Man who occasionally is a hero and eats people. This is a Venom I’m finding interesting and can’t wait to see where this all goes.

I’m not normally a fan of Venom but this first issue has really caught my attention and could easily make me one.

Story: Donny Cates Art: Ryan Stegman
Ink: JP Mayer Color: Frank Martin Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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