Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man #1 Review — Engaging and Inconsequential

Written by Peter David
Pencils by Francesco Mobili
Colours by Java Tartaglia and Rain Beredo
Letters by VC’s Travis Lanham
Published by Marvel Comics

Cover price: $4.99 USD

The tie-ins for Absolute Carnage have been a mixed bag, with the usual indicator of quality being how tied to symbiotes the characters actually are. ScreamSeparation Anxiety and Venom have been great reads, while Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool, Lethal Protectors and Miles Morales have been very weak. With that in mind, Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Spider-Man is a weird case, because while Peter Parker is obviously very much tied to the Venom symbiote, the issue itself does not feature him. It instead tells the story of happened to an unnamed extra from back in the day… a surprisingly good story, but one that seems to in no way matter to Absolute Carnage.

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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
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)”