Writer: Frank Tieri

Pencils: Marcelo Ferreira

Inker: Roberto Poggi 

The Hunt for the Symbiote Codexes brings Carnage face to face with his biggest headache, The Merc With The Mouth, Deadpool. 

Another spin-off of the Excellent Absolute Carnage event, Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool returns to the world of a somewhat forgotten miniseries from 2014 and pits the Merc with the Mouth against the new Darker Carnage and it’s quite the journey. I’ve never been a huge fan of the Deadpool character in comics and despite my love for Spider-man and my excitement for the overall Absolute Carnage event, I’ve also never been a huge fan of the symbiotes so this tie-in series had pretty much everything working against it for me. All that said however, I actually really enjoyed this issue. 

The issue starts as if it were the end of a Deadpool/Spider-man issue and in true bro-mance fashion Spider-man is 1000% done with Deadpool’s antics. This time he decides to actually be done with Deadpool until he “gets help” and refers him to John Jameson to get that help. However, when Wade arrives he finds a certain symbiote is in control. But Deadpool is a unicorn and could be the key to Carnage winning this war. 

Despite having the typical “LOLMEME” ways of the Deadpool character this was easily the most interesting and overall best of the Absolute Carnage tie-ins. I am excited to see what happens next and I think this one has the potential to have the most actual impact on the Absolute Carnage event of any of the tie ins. 

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