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  • ABSOLUTE CARNAGE's RYAN STEGMAN Promises 'Fates Worse Than Death' for Some MARVEL Characters By Event's End

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    Re:Absolute Carnage (USA) D. Cates & R. Stegman
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    Re:Absolute Carnage (USA) D. Cates & R. Stegman
    « Risposta #47 il: 11 Settembre 2019, 01:19:23 »
  • Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance #1
    Written by Ed Brisson
    Art by Juan Frigeri and Dono Sanchez-Almara
    Lettering by Joe Caramagna
    Published by Marvel Comics
    Review by David Pepose
    ‘Rama Rating: 7 out of 10

    While Robbie Reyes has the spotlight over in Jason Aaron’s Avengers title, if you’re looking for some old-school Ghost Rider action, you could do a lot worse than Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance. Spinning off of Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman’s Absolute Carnage event, writer Ed Brisson and artist Juan Frigeri pit Danny Ketch against the god-tier threat of Carnage, and while this story doesn’t reinvent the hellfire-covered wheel, it’s a solid actioner that will speak to fans of the 1990s-era Spirit of Vengeance.

    Given that Venom is a relatively young character to hinge a company-wide event upon, it’s always surprising to me to see Absolute Carnage spinoffs hinging not just on Cates and Stegman’s ongoing series, but also on comparatively recent minis like Rick Remender and Cullen Bunn’s Venom runs — and in this case, Symbiote of Vengeance owes a deep continuity debt to the 2012 limited series “Circle of Four,” which tied Flash Thompson’s Venom symbiote with Red Hulk, X-23, and an all-new Ghost Rider.

    Still with me? Because that forgotten Spirit of Vengeance is ultimately the main driver of this one-shot, as Alejandra Jones’ adventure with the Venom symbiote has placed her straight in the crosshairs of Cletus Kasady in the heart of Nicaragua. And with Johnny Blaze trapped in the underworld as the new king of Hell, it leaves ‘90s icon Danny Ketch to race to Central America in order to stop the rampaging Spider-Man villain. There’s a lot of moving continuity parts that writer Ed Brisson has to juggle in order to facilitate this fairly straightforward conflict, so it’s to his credit that the whole thing reads as smoothly as it does — you understand Alejandra’s regrets about her own past misdeeds, you get Danny’s misgivings about doing the Devil’s bidding, and through it all, it feels like Carnage himself is having a grand old time.

    That said, even with an expanded storyline with 30 pages, Brisson isn’t able to key in too much about what makes Ghost Rider himself special, in part because he has to give nods to Remender, Bunn and Jason Aaron’s work — there are a lot of callbacks back to 2011 and 2012 series, and while Brisson gets the basics of Ghost Rider’s concept (a motorcycle covered in hellfire, the Penance Stare, a dubious relationship with the Devil, etc.), ultimately this story is just a beat-’em-up against Carnage. The flow and pacing of the fight works well thanks to the extra page count, but one could also plug in a character like Moon Knight or Daredevil or Blade, and not get too much different from what we’re seeing here.

    But to be honest, I don’t really fault Brisson for that — there’s only so much elasticity a character like Carnage has with other characters in the Marvel Universe, so a lot of his default reactions come across similarly in the other tie-in books, like Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool, for example. For some readers, they are going to be happy enough either seeing a variation of the main Absolute Carnage series, or just to see a Ghost Rider riding a motorcycle again.

    And to be honest, much of this book is a nice showcase for artist Juan Frigeri — he’s got an angular, cartoony style that feels in that school of Iban Coello and R.B. Silva, but he really plays up the skulls and symbiotes nicely. While I don’t know if his particular style is going to set the standard for Ghost Rider stories down the pike, his action choreography works well, and he definitely plays up the splash pages that Brisson gives him and knocks them out of the park. Colorist Dono Sanchez-Almara also deserves a lot of praise for keeping the art energetic and full of clarity — while there’s a bit more of a superhero tone than necessarily a dark supernatural tone like you might expect from a Ghost Rider story, this is engaging work that’s fun to read.

    At the end of the day, that might be all you can ask for, especially since the creative team already had to play six degrees of separation to make Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance work in the first place. Given that Brisson will be taking the wheel for the ongoing Ghost Rider series next month with artist Aaron Kuder, I’m not sure this tie-in feels representative of what we’re going to see with the Spirit of Vengeance’s own solo adventures — to be honest, it wouldn’t shock me if this tie-in was meant to give the fledgling series a bit more runway, riding on the heels of the mega-popular Absolute Carnage event in order to bolster more sales before final order cutoff. Whether this was that calculated a move or not, Absolute Carnage: Symbiote of Vengeance will absolutely appeal to fans of both Ghost Rider and Carnage, and as far as tie-in comics often go, that’s victory enough.
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    Re:Absolute Carnage (USA) D. Cates & R. Stegman
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