Absolute Carnage #2 Review — Slow, Somber and Better for It

Written by Donny Cates
Pencils by Ryan Stegman
Inks by JP Mayer
Colours by Frank Martin
Letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles
Published by Marvel Comics

Cover price: $4.99 USD

The Absolute Carnage event has been a wild ride. After the visceral explosion of a first issue, I wasn’t sure what Donny Cates would do to maintain momentum for his now 5-issue event. With Absolute Carnage #2, Cates hits the brakes on the action to deliver a great little breather issue. While the plot certainly progresses and there are some great twists and turns thrown into the story, this issue is a slower burn of escalation and setup, avoiding the pitfall that many event comics fall into of being unrelentingly plot-focused and losing sight of characters. Continue reading “Absolute Carnage #2 Review — Slow, Somber and Better for It”

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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
Published by Marvel Comics

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”

Best New Comic Series of 2018

Here’s a list that I actually really enjoy doing. Unlike the top issues, it’s not hard to recall — I can remember a good series much easier than a good issue. With this list, the series is judged as a whole, not by one single standout issue. At the same time, it’s a very positive list, unlike me lambasting the worst of the year. The main condition is that the series needs to have started in 2018 and had at least an arc or so; meaning anything with less than that by the time 2019 came around isn’t allowed on the list. I will make note of those newer series, however, since, quality is quality and should be praised. So without further delay (yes, this list is fairly late), here are my best new comic series of 2018. Continue reading “Best New Comic Series of 2018”

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #1 Review

Written by: Gerry Conway
Art by: Ryan Stegman
Colours by: Sonia Oback

Joe Quesada and J. Michael Straczynski’s “One More Day” story (yes, I know JMS wanted his name removed from the issue) ranks up there with “The Night Gwen Stacy Died” as one of the most important Spider-Man stories ever told. It’s by no means good, but its effects can still be felt to this day, every time Mary Jane Watson is onscreen or Peter is in a relationship. While many feel Marvel’s Spider-Man line recovered once Dan Slott came aboard, there are also those who feel his run has gone on too long, and those who just want Peter Parker and MJ back together. This issue, a follow-up to the well-liked Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows miniseries by Dan Slott and Adam Kubert, released during Secret Wars (2015), is meant to appease those people. So how does it do? Okay. Just okay. Continue reading “Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (2016) #1 Review”