Readers will get a chance to dive into some of Marvel’s most exciting titles on this year’s Free Comic Book Day. Marvel will put out two Free Comic Book Day titles, each containing two separate stories. Longtime readers as well as newcomers will be delighted to see our most popular characters from the X-Men to Spider-Man in extraordinary tales by our most acclaimed creators!
Free Comic Book Day 2020: X-Men will feature a brand new X-Men story by Jonathan Hickman and Pepe Larraz that will lead into a game-changing summer for all of X! The second story will also foreshadow an upcoming epic tale by Tom Taylor and Iban Coello.
Free Comic Book Day 2020: Spider-Man/Venom will provide two exciting tales connected to the coming major storylines in Venom, Amazing Spider-Man and Black Cat from top creators Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, Jed MacKay, and Patrick Gleason and more!
Spinning out of last year’s Absolute Carnage, Scream: Curse of Carnage has been delighting readers with its twisted mix of horror and heroics. Writer Clay McLeod Chapman, joined by artists Garry Brown, and Christopher Mooneyham, has taken the fiercest symbiote around on a terrifying ride, filled with shocking revelations about the Venom mythos. See Scream face off against a monstrous new threat in this action-packed sneak peek of Scream: Curse of Carnage #4!
What exactly is this strange creature and what is its connection to Knull, the god of all symbiotes? Featuring colors by Rain Beredo and a cover by Ryan Stegman, find out when the issue goes on sale onFebruary 26th!
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(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?
(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…
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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(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!
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!
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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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