Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1 Review — A Brisk Read of Zero Substance

Written by Saladin Ahmed
Pencils by Federico Vicentini
Colours by Erick Arciniega
Letters by VC’s Cory Petit
Published by Marvel Comics

Cover price: $3.99 USD

The further into Absolute Carnage we get, the more I get the feeling that only comics inseparably tied to the symbiotes are going to be any good. While Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1 has the benefit of Miles having some part in the Absolute Carnage crossover and having been involved in Donny Cates’ Venom, it doesn’t take advantage of that. Instead, Miles Morales #1 is just a superhero punch-up comic, and not an interesting one at that. Continue reading “Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1 Review — A Brisk Read of Zero Substance”

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Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #1 Review — Unnecessary Fluff

Written by Frank Tieri
Pencils by Flaviano
Colours by Federico Blee
Letters by VC’s Joe Caramagna
Published by Marvel Comics

Cover price: $3.99 USD

Event tie-ins can usually be separated into two categories: relevant and irrelevant. Sometimes, a comic expands on an event and lends it greater scope or provides an important perspective… and sometimes it exists just to cash-in on a big or popular event. Sadly, Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors feels like the latter. Continue reading “Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #1 Review — Unnecessary Fluff”

Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 6 — House of X #3 Review

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, followed by a spotlight of a specific scene and an eventual analysis of each overall arc once it is concluded. It’s what happens when a longtime X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience.

Continue reading “Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 6 — House of X #3 Review”

What I’m Reading (25th of August, 2019)

Lately I’ve had a lot of free time, thanks to now being a part-time student. Because of this I’ve spent a lot more time working out, updating this blog and, of course, reading. Because I’ve been reading a lot, and because I like writing about what I read, I’m going to give a quick run through on what comics I’ve been reading — at least the stuff I have anything to say about. This is just quick and dirty stuff, with no real structure going on, similar to when I used to tweet long tweet chains. This stuff is old enough to not really be current, but some stuff will be fairly recent. Continue reading “What I’m Reading (25th of August, 2019)”

Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #1 Review — Dumb, Dull and Pointless

Written by Frank Tieri
Pencils by Marcelo Ferreira
Inks by Roberto Poggi
Colours by Rachelle Rosenberg
Letters by VC’s Joe Sabino
Published by Marvel Comics

Cover price: $3.99

Deadpool and Carnage can be interesting characters, but more often than not they are reduced to one-note idiots. Pairing the two together sounds like something can be either amazing or terrible depending on how it’s written. Sadly, Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool is what I feared when I first heard its title: a shallow comic where its characters have one gimmick each, and it’s not even a funny shallow comic at that. Continue reading “Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool #1 Review — Dumb, Dull and Pointless”

Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 5 — Powers of X #3 Review

Hanging with the HiX-Men is a series of reviews of Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men comics, followed by a spotlight of a specific scene and an eventual analysis of each overall arc once it is concluded. It’s what happens when a longtime X-Men fan has his love for the franchise reinvigorated by a beloved writer who has written some of his favourite comics. With that in mind… Welcome to the HiX-Men, hope you survive the experience.

Continue reading “Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 5 — Powers of X #3 Review”

Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1 Review — Short and Sweet (and Horrifying)

Written by Clay McLeod Chapman
Pencils by Brian Level
Colours by Jordan Boyd
Letters by VC’s Travis Lanham
Published by Marvel Comics

Cover price: $4.99 USD

The more tie-ins that release, the more it becomes apparent that the Absolute Carnage event is ripe for spin-offs. It has the veneer of a horror concept, with Carnage becoming truly gruesome and threatening again while Knull resurrects the dead. There are many ways the crossover has taken advantage of this, but the Separation Anxiety crossover specifically embraces the horror concept, delivering a suspense-filled horror movie that feels like a throwback to older horror movies. Continue reading “Absolute Carnage: Separation Anxiety #1 Review — Short and Sweet (and Horrifying)”