Venom #18 Review — A Fun and Intriguing Treat

Written by Donny Cates
Pencils by Iban Coello
Colours by Rain Beredo
Letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles
Published by Marvel Comics
Cover price: $3.99 USD

The Venom series has found a way to stand out during the Absolute Carnage event. While some series would have it feature the lead character, whereas the core miniseries would not, with Eddie Brock heavily featured in Absolute Carnage, Donny Cates has taken the opportunity to focus on Eddie’s supporting cast. While Absolute Carnage is dripping with 90s nostalgia and a gritty atmosphere, Venom has found a unique role, being a fun adventure, albeit one steeped in the sinister machinations of twisted characters and an undertone of horror.

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Absolute Carnage: Scream #2 Review — Scattered But Fun

Written by Cullen Bunn
Pencils by Gerardo Sandoval and Alex Arizmendi
Inks by Gerardo Sandoval, Alex Arizmendi and Victor Nava
Colours by Erick Arciniega
Letters by VC’s Cory Petit
Published by Marvel Comics

Cover price: $3.99 USD

With the second month of Absolute Carnage tie-ins having begun, Scream has the distinction of being the first Absolute Carnage tie-in miniseries to get a second issue. The Scream tie-in has the benefit of featuring two somewhat popular characters who are actually tied to the Venom mythos and the first issue was pretty good for what it was. However, despite still being fun, this issue is less interesting, with a relatively generic plot and less interesting dialogue and narration. Continue reading “Absolute Carnage: Scream #2 Review — Scattered But Fun”

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”

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”

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”

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)”