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
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”

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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.

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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
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)”

Absolute Carnage: Scream #1 Review — A Surprisingly Fun Time

Written by Cullen Bunn
Pencils by Gerardo Sandoval
Inks by Victor Nava
Colours by Erick Arciniega
Letters by VC’s Cory Petit
Cover price: $3.99 USD

The Absolute Carnage event is upon us and with it comes a bevy of tie-in miniseries. The first of those, and one of the ones I was most excited for, is Scream, featuring the eponymous symbiote and former She-Venom Patricia Robertson. While my expectations were relatively low, the issue doesn’t aspire to any lofty heights — it just wants to be a fun comic, and it succeeds in being just that.

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Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 4 — Powers of X #2 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.

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Absolute Carnage #1 Review — A Bloody Good Time

Written by Donny Cates
Pencils by Ryan Stegman
Inks by JP Mayer
Colours by Frank Martin
Letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover price: $7.99 USD

Donny Cates’ stellar Venom run has been a treat to read, expertly weaving a tale of cosmic horror, character drama and shocking revelations. Now, the Absolute Carnage crossover promises to take things up to eleven and this first issue does just that, with Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman making Carnage a threat again while providing great character work, although the shocking revelation isn’t as shocking as it was probably intended to be. Continue reading “Absolute Carnage #1 Review — A Bloody Good Time”

Hanging with the HiX-Men, Part 3 — House of X #2 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.

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