Writer: Donny Cates
Penciler: Ryan Stegman
Inker: JP Mayer
Color Artist: Frank Martin
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
The bloodshed is just getting started as Absolute Carnage hits its third issue, and halfway point. Venom just recently lost Miles Morales, infected by the Carnage symbiote, leaving him alone and outnumbered to defend an injured Scorpion from the onslaught of the Carnage horde led by a symbiote empowered Norman Osborn. While the horde’s numbers grow, we start to see a riff form between Eddie and his Symbiote, as the later has had enough and is ready to do whatever it takes to put an end to his offspring once and for all. Ryan Stegman and the artistic team do an absolute astounding job displaying the resolve of the symbiote as he holds his position while Eddie runs in the opposite direction to save The Scorpion. While the relationship between Eddie and his Symbiote hasn’t been at its best recently, this could be major foreshadowing of problems to come.
After narrowly escaping with his head (and spine) Venom brings a wounded and paralyzed Scorpion to Rex Strickland’s safehouse for immediate medical attention. Once they arrive, they’re not only greeted by Spider-man, but the team he’s assembled; comprised of Captain America, Wolverine, The Thing, and Dr. Bruce Banner. Eddie is put at ease once he sees his son Dylan whose been kept safe there under protection of the latest Spawn of Venom, Sleeper; who’s aligned himself with our heroes in an effort to stop Carnage and Knull. It’s soon after this point that all hell breaks loose, you can’t expect too many happy moments in a book titled Absolute Carnage…
Pay attention to the little details in Eddie’s face as the panels progress. Cates does an amazing job pulling off major surprises in each issue and #3 is no let down at all. I won’t spoil the ending for anybody who hasn’t read it yet, but the biggest shocker comes in the final pages. Seriously, if you haven’t read Absolute Carnage your missing out on Marvel’s greatest comic event in recent memory. This book hit your local comic store October 18th, so make sure you stop by and pick it up today!