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Superior Carnage Annual #1 Review

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Cletus and the Carnage symbiote are being kept apart, but how long could that possibly last?

The Good

Carnage has been a very busy villain in the modern era. After a number of mini-series and stories featuring the maniac, the symbiote and its original host, Cletus Kasady, have both been incarcerated in separate locations. Seeing as DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE (also written by Cullen Bunn) has been announced, it's safe to say we all know the mass murderer will have the symbiote slither back on him yet again. Well, this issue is pretty much a prologue for April's new mini-series where the Spider-Man foe will find himself at odds with the Merc with a Mouth.

This issue basically exists as a love letter to Carnage fans and to restore everything back to the status quo with the villain. It's nothing you really haven't seen before, but it's the mandatory course of events we need to walk to see the deadly dude make his true reappearance. There's nothing here that'll shock you or blow you away, but if you're a particularly big fan of the character, then odds are you'll have a good time seeing how everything returns back to "normal" for him.

I've always been somewhat mixed on Kim Jacinto's work with human characters, but given the book's tone, it's a really appropriate style. The jagged facial features and strong use of shading matches the darker and more diabolical tone of the issue. Mike Henderson steps in when everything begins to hit the fan and it's not a drastic departure from Jacinto's style. In fact, it's somewhat similar yet comes off as a bit more polished and smoother. The entire sequence looks perfectly fine, but truth be told, it would have been great to see Jacinto illustrate all of the chaos. I may not be the biggest fan of Jacinto's work on humans, but as shown over in the pages of VENOM, his work on symbiotes is fantastic stuff.

The Bad

There's nothing necessarily "bad" about this issue, but it comes off as a very familiar story and if you're just a casual fan of the character, it's very difficult to justify the $4.99 cover price, especially since all of these developments are sure to be quickly covered in DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE's intro page. Speaking of which, it would have been great to hit us with a bigger tease for the next mini-series. I know Bunn wanted to focus on the red symbiote here (and understandably so), but a stronger hook for April's mini-series would have been great. Seeing as it's an annual, I'm sure they could have found room to perhaps include just one scene to tease Wade?

The Verdict

If you're a huge fan of Cletus, then odds are this is going to make you beyond thrilled for what's to come. For everyone else, it's an amusing way to set things back to the way they were with the famous fiend and tease the future. Honestly, it doesn't come off as a mandatory read for DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE because odds are these events will be swiftly summarized in the first issue's opening page. That said, if you have love for Cletus, it's a twisted and violent story worth experiencing.

14 Comments
Posted by TheAcidSkull

Bah, was looking forward for this :(.

Oh well, least I'm not a casual fan.

Posted by k4tzm4n

Bah, was looking forward for this :(.

Oh well, least I'm not a casual fan.

Hey man, 3 stars isn't bad. I think if you're a big fan of Cletus, it'll be pretty satisfying albeit sorta unoriginal.

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

Bah, was looking forward for this :(.

Oh well, least I'm not a casual fan.

Hey man, 3 stars isn't bad. I think if you're a big fan of Cletus, it'll be pretty satisfying albeit sorta unoriginal.

Well i can deal with Cliche, I hope it's fun :)

Edited by k4tzm4n

@theacidskull said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

Bah, was looking forward for this :(.

Oh well, least I'm not a casual fan.

Hey man, 3 stars isn't bad. I think if you're a big fan of Cletus, it'll be pretty satisfying albeit sorta unoriginal.

Well i can deal with Cliche, I hope it's fun :)

I'm sure you'll think it's fun (and it certainly is). I wouldn't be surprised if many think this deserves a 4, but given the high price tag, I was hoping for a little more, you know?

Edited by TheAcidSkull

@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

Bah, was looking forward for this :(.

Oh well, least I'm not a casual fan.

Hey man, 3 stars isn't bad. I think if you're a big fan of Cletus, it'll be pretty satisfying albeit sorta unoriginal.

Well i can deal with Cliche, I hope it's fun :)

I'm sure you'll think it's fun (and it certainly is). I wouldn't be surprised if many think this deserves a 4, but given the high price tag, I was hoping for a little more, you know?

Yeah, I know what you mean, Given that this was basically 5 dollars there should have been more content, otherwise it's just a regular Fun issue. BTW, have you read/Or are you reading greg paks action comics? It came out this week :), I think you'd like it.

Edited by k4tzm4n

@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

Bah, was looking forward for this :(.

Oh well, least I'm not a casual fan.

Hey man, 3 stars isn't bad. I think if you're a big fan of Cletus, it'll be pretty satisfying albeit sorta unoriginal.

Well i can deal with Cliche, I hope it's fun :)

I'm sure you'll think it's fun (and it certainly is). I wouldn't be surprised if many think this deserves a 4, but given the high price tag, I was hoping for a little more, you know?

Yeah, I know what you mean, Given that this was basically 5 dollars there should have been more content, otherwise it's just a regular Fun issue. BTW, have you read/Or are you reading greg paks action comics? It came out this week :), I think you'd like it.

I won't lie, I'm a biiiiiiit behind on that one. I'll likely catch up tomorrow (especially to see if there's anything Best Battles worthy).

Posted by TheAcidSkull

@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

@k4tzm4n said:

@theacidskull said:

Bah, was looking forward for this :(.

Oh well, least I'm not a casual fan.

Hey man, 3 stars isn't bad. I think if you're a big fan of Cletus, it'll be pretty satisfying albeit sorta unoriginal.

Well i can deal with Cliche, I hope it's fun :)

I'm sure you'll think it's fun (and it certainly is). I wouldn't be surprised if many think this deserves a 4, but given the high price tag, I was hoping for a little more, you know?

Yeah, I know what you mean, Given that this was basically 5 dollars there should have been more content, otherwise it's just a regular Fun issue. BTW, have you read/Or are you reading greg paks action comics? It came out this week :), I think you'd like it.

I won't lie, I'm a biiiiiiit behind on that one. I'll likely catch up tomorrow (especially to see if there's anything Best Battles worthy).

Well won't spoil anything but it's definitely the strongest title in terms of superman characterization.

Posted by Master_Thief

Cullen bunn= best writer for symbiotes

"Well, this issue is pretty much a prologue for April's new mini-series where the Spider-Man will find himself at odds with the Merc with a Mouth."

Don't you mean carnage instead of spiderman

Edited by k4tzm4n

Cullen bunn= best writer for symbiotes

"Well, this issue is pretty much a prologue for April's new mini-series where the Spider-Man will find himself at odds with the Merc with a Mouth."

Don't you mean carnage instead of spiderman

Who calls Spidey "the Spider-Man"? A word was accidentally deleted, it's now fixed :P

Edited by ghost_rider_888

i am super - confused right now
read through the whole isssue and got just one question
how the hell is cletus alive again ? last time i checked he was braindead and his mind was inside the wizard

Posted by Dark_Guyver

@ghost_rider_888: The symbiot restored his brain just like he helped restore The Wizards.

Overall this issue was pretty good. Not 4.99 good, but good. Excited to see Deadpool and Carnage duke it out.

Edited by ghost_rider_888