Published: November 21st, 2018
Written by: Donny Cates
Art by: Danilo Beyruth, Kyle Hotz (cover)
Marvel Comics, 32 Pages
Donny Cates has been straight fire, lately, His Venom stuff has been top notch and has given that character and his mythos new life. Cates has a way with the character that most writers in recent memory haven’t come close to. And if I’m being honest, Venom is one of my favorite characters of all-time but I was growing bored with what they’ve been doing with him for years.
Now this one-shot is the second one-shot since Cates took over Venom. This is a side story that gives a lot of context to the big return of Venom’s greatest rival, Carnage. And after everything Cates has done with Venom, so far, it’s great seeing him take on Carnage.
I really missed Carnage.
What this one issue story does is it makes me realize how much the Marvel universe has needed Carnage’s presence again. He is legitimately, one of the scariest villains that Venom or Spider-Man has ever faced. He is everything Venom is but even more powerful and with the mind of a psychotic serial killer that just wants to hurt everyone and everything.
This comic serves to fill in the blanks from the last sighting of Carnage up until now, where he is given something to make him more powerful. For Carnage fans, the end of this is glorious.
As a one-shot, this does its job exceptionally well. It gives us the context we need and it gets you pumped up for the next chapter in the Venom/Carnage rivalry.
Carnage is horror and this is really a horror story more than it is a tale about superheroes and their world.
Kudos to Cates for once again bringing something truly exciting to the table.
Pairs well with: the recent Donny Cates Venom series and its Web of Venom spinoffs.