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”

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Picking at the Pieces of “X-Men Disassembled”

Yeah, I’m not done with this story. Guys… I have things to do. I need to take a government exam to be able to even enrol in some teaching units for my master’s. I haven’t finished Red Dead Redemption 2 yet. I need to finish Bodyguard and The Protector because I told a friend I would. I’m trying to finish The Name of the WindAncillary Justice and The Night Circus. There’s things I can be doing, is what I’m saying. And yet, I keep coming back to this. Because it keeps calling me back.

“X-Men Disassembled” was meant to be the big X-Men relaunch of 2018. Kicking off a new series of the flagship title, Uncanny X-Men, when finally the X-Men team books would be consolidated into one title… and what we got was a weekly series that couldn’t even justify its own existence without spoiling its own ending — on the day of the first issue’s release, Marvel announced the Age of X-Man event; that name told everyone all they needed to know about it — an alternate world where the story would be told through numerous miniseries, with X-Man (Nate Grey) playing a key part. Well… okay then, so what’s the point of reading this story? There didn’t seem to be one.

The three writers — Ed Brisson, Kelly Thompson and Matthew Rosenberg — clearly knew where they were headed with this story, but the way they got there was one of the most badly executed stories I’ve ever seen. See, we knew where it was headed. Clearly. So they needed to give us other reasons to read, while also setting up the status quo for after “X-Men Disassembled” ends — the return of Cyclops and Wolverine. Well, let’s have a look at this series and see what they came up with, shall we? Let’s see what the different plot threads amounted to and how this story went out. Continue reading “Picking at the Pieces of “X-Men Disassembled””