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Preview: Absolute Carnage #4

Absolute Carnage #4

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T+
In Shops: Oct 16, 2019
SRP: $4.99

THE PENULTIMATE CHAPTER OF THE SYMBIOTIC EVENT OF THE YEAR!

• Eddie Brock has taken a beating, lost the allies closest to him, and, after the shocking events of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: #3, sees no way to take Cletus Kasady down once and for all without making the ultimate sacrifice.
• But what IS the ultimate sacrifice? Of the two beings that are bonded as VENOM, which will make it out alive?

Absolute Carnage #4

Preview: Absolute Carnage #3 (of 5)

Absolute Carnage #3 (of 5)

(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…

Absolute Carnage #3 (of 5)

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

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Absolute Carnage #2 (of 5)

Absolute Carnage #2 (of 5)

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 28, 2019
SRP: $4.99

• After the terrifying conclusion of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE #1, a new player is on the board, and it’s NOT who you’d expect!
• Barely able to escape with their lives, SPIDER-MAN and VENOM have no choice but to drag a slew of other heroes into Carnage’s crosshairs.
• Worse yet, Carnage’s rampage through New York City claims an unexpected piece of collateral damage…and there’s NOTHING Venom or anyone can do to stop it!

Absolute Carnage #2 (of 5)

Absolute Carnage #1 Gets a Digital Director’s Cut

After turning Venom’s world upside down a year ago, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman are about to put the Sinister Symbiote through hell again, only this time Carnage has come calling, and everyone who’s ever worn a symbiote is dead in his sights! He’s skirted the periphery of the Marvel Universe for months, but Cletus Kasady at last stands poised to make his grand return to New York in a blistering triple-sized story… and he wants to paint the town red! And, for a limited time, you can get a behind-the-scenes look at Kasady’s manhunt!

Those who have preordered or purchased a digital copy of Absolute Carnage #1 before 8/20, 11:59 PM ET, will instead receive the Director’s Cut edition of Absolute Carnage (2019-) #1!*

This exclusive content will feature a draft of #1’s script, pencil pages, inked pages, color pages, a variant cover gallery, and more! Not only will you receive this terror-inducing issue – you’ll see the building blocks of its creation! Limited time offer, act now!

Offer Details

* Limited time offer. You must purchase or pre-order a digital copy of Absolute Carnage (2019-) #1 before 11:59 p.m. ET August 20, 2019 to receive the Absolute Carnage (2019-) #1 Director’s Cut. On August 21, 2019, 12:01 a.m. the Director’s Cut is available for purchase at $9.99.  Those who subscribe to the series will receive the standard edition of Absolute Carnage (2019-) #1. Offer is limited to one per person. The offer expires on 11:59 p.m. ET, August 20, 2019. Marvel and ComiXology reserve the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time. Offer is valid for one-time use only, is non-transferable and may not be resold. If any of the products or content related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product or content, subject to applicable refund policies. If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.

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

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Preview: Absolute Carnage #1 (of 5)

Absolute Carnage #1 (of 5)

(W) Donny Cates (A/CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T+
In Shops: Aug 07, 2019
SRP: $7.99

After turning Venom’s world upside down a year ago, DONNY CATES and RYAN STEGMAN are about to put the Sinister Symbiote through hell again, only this time CARNAGE has come calling, and everyone who’s ever worn a symbiote is dead in his sights! He’s skirted the periphery of the Marvel Universe for months, but Cletus Kasady at last stands poised to make his grand return to New York in a blistering 60-PAGE story… and he wants to paint the town red!

Absolute Carnage #1 (of 5)

Preview: Wolverine: Exit Wounds #1

Wolverine: Exit Wounds #1

(W) Chris Claremont, Larry Hama, Sam Keith (A) Salvador Larroca, Sam Keith, Scot Eaton (CA) Ryan Stegman
Rated T
In Shops: Jun 26, 2019
SRP: $4.99

WOLVERINE LEGENDS, Chris Claremont, Larry Hama & Sam Keith REUNITE!

He goes by many names… Patch…Weapon X…Logan…but most just call him THE WOLVERINE. Join Marvel’s greatest storytellers for three brand-new untold tales of the X-Men’s deadliest member. Blood, broads, and blades… you asked for it, bub!

Wolverine Exit Wounds #1

Amazing Spider-Man #25 Marks Year Two of Spencer, Ottley & Ramos’ Run

It may be hitting comic shops next month, but the buzz is already on for the giant-sized main story in Amazing Spider-Man #25, where the bandaged villain who has been on the periphery since #1 strikes at last! But this mysterious figure isn’t the only menace after the Wall-Crawler: Spider-Man and Mary Jane find themselves in an incredibly tough situation, thanks to Electro. Can Spider-Man save MJ? Can MJ save Spider-Man? Plus, what is Mysterio cooking?

For what will be an unforgettable issue, Marvel has rolled out a lineup of iconic variants, all by premiere Marvel talent. Get a sneak peek at this amazing slate!

Amazing Spider-Man #25 is written by Nick Spencer and features art by Dan Hipp, Ryan Ottley, and Kev Walker, with colors by Nathan Fairbairn and a main cover by Ottley.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25 BLANK VARIANT (MAY190824)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25 STEVE DITKO HIDDEN GEM VARIANT (MAY190818)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25 STEVE DITKO HIDDEN GEM VARIANT (MAY190818)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25 DAN HIPP VARIANT (MAY190819)

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25 TODD NAUCK CARNAGE-IZED VARIANT (MAY190822)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25 TODD NAUCK CARNAGE-IZED VARIANT (MAY190822)

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25 POP CHART VARIANT (MAY190823)

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25 WALTER SIMONSON VARIANT (MAY190816)

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25 GREG SMALLWOOD VARIANT (MAY190817)

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25 PAT GLEASON VARIANT (MAY190820)

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AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 25 STEGMAN VARIANT (MAY190821)

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