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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Absolute Carnage | Comics

Psychotic offspring of Venom has returned to kill everyone who ever worn a symbiote to unleash "Absolute Carnage".

A secret cult who calls themselves Church of the New Darkness and worships Knull, God of the Symbiotes, have resurrected deceased serial killer Cletus Kasady, former host of Carnage to bond with dragon-like creature known as Grendel and he goes on a hunt for people who has ever worn a symbiote whether they are alive or dead.

Everyone who ever were a host carries a little trace of symbiote within their system and Kasady is collecting these codices to awaken Knull from his prison planet by reconnecting to its hive mind. He claims remnants from past Ghost Rider host Alejandra Jones, Leonard Elkhart, inhabitants of Doverton and multiple Weapon V operatives.

After losing his Venom suit lately, Eddie Brock tells this to warn Avengers, Fantastic Four, X-Men and even his arch-rival Spider-Man to hide. His interrogation video is sent to FBI while he was sitting in cafeteria of Ryker's Island penitentiary. There he is confronted by another former host Lee Price and his goon squad trying to intimidate him.

Hysterically laughing at his pathetic attempts, Brock punches him and takes his Mania symbiote back. Bonding to it, "Eddie" reveals him to be Cletus Kasady after all who is here to ruin Brock's reputation. Transforming into a monstrous form, he was thinking of going after Life Foundation, Norman Osborn and Toxin, only to notice Spidey swinging by.

Keeping a low profile, Eddie tries to fill in his son Dylan about history of symbiotes and how Cletus Kasady is out there collecting codex as they are heading towards Times Square. Seeing a shadowy figure approaching, they quickly ran towards subway but got pushed down on tracks by Kasady and his Venom symbiote jumps in to save him.

Handing his kid over to two nearby police officer, Brock attempts to fight Dark Carnage but soon realizes how outmatched he really is. Using weakness of Grendel symbiote, he shocks it electricity before narrowly made an escape. Reluctantly reaching out to Spider-Man for help, he explained everything he dealt with recently so far to him.

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Absolute Carnage | Comics

There, they saw news on TV about a discovery of a mass grave where bodies were found with their spines removed, including General "Thunderbolt" Ross. Eddie claims Kasady is taunting him and is after everyone who ever bonded with a symbiote, as well as his long-deceased wife Anne Weying who once became She-Venom in past.

Trying to find a way to extract codices of former hosts without killing them, these two then approaches The Maker, who is Reed Richards from an alternate universe and Spidey brought his godson Normie Osborn, who previously bonded to Carnage symbiote. Apparently, he already has been building a machine that could do what they wanted.

Skeptical of safety of these kids, they decide to test it on Norman Osborn (Red Goblin) and goes to fetch him from Ravencroft Institute. With help from John Jameson, Spider-Man and Venom made successful entry into the prison but Cletus Kasady arrives to infect entire compound with Grendel symbiote, leading a horde of Dark Carnage minions.

Eddie Brock gets busy fighting off these doppelgangers; Kasady picks up Spidey and throws him onto Norman's cell door. Having his psyche overwritten by Cletus, he adopts a new look resembling to that serial killer. As he tries to cut off a downed Wall-Crawler, Osborn gets knocked out by Venom and turned into Carnage by Grendel.

Seeing no way of winning this, Eddie bails out Pete out of an overwhelming mob and decides to get back to other hosts. Meanwhile, The Maker tries to test his machine on Normie, he is protested by Dylan but their conversation is interrupted when former Life Foundation symbiotes Agony, Lasher, Phage and Riot break into warehouse.

Corrupted by Knull, these offspring of Venom are here to seek Normie but are thwarted by Reed and eventually separated from their hosts. Sensing his intent of using that machine on his friend anyway, Dylan frees the captured symbiotes. They all fused together into a Hybrid and bonds with The Maker that starts chasing the boys.

However, his endeavor is halted by sudden arrival of Captain America, Thing, Wolverine and Spider-Man, which forced him to flee. Elsewhere, Dark Carnage sits on a throne in subway tunnels while his agents go after other individuals. Venom was able to save Scorpion from Osborn but unfortunately loses Miles Morales to him.

Bruce Banner has finished Maker's machine to extract codices from heroes and villains that bonded with symbiotes. Captain Marvel, Deadpool, Iron Fist and Misty Knight had their fair share of trouble with army of Carnage as well. A newly revived Scream symbiote bonds to Patricia Robertson and fought Osborn to save Andi Benton.

Carnage spreads chaos across New York City by turning groups of civilians and homeless people into his lackeys to hunt down his targets. Eddie Brock puts his game face on for an ultimate showdown with a Grendel-Imbued Cletus Kasady. Even if he can stand his ground till the end, he may not be able to prevent it from awakening Knull.

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Venom – Absolute Carnage

Spiraling out of an arc from fourth ongoing volume of Venom comic-book series of 2018, "Absolute Carnage" is a five-part limited series by writer Donny Cates (Doctor Strange – Damnation, Thanos – Thanos Wins) and artist Ryan Stegman (Amazing Spider-Man – Venom Inc., Inhuman – Lineage) that explores core plot of titular event.

In an attempt to take a new direction in "Rex" storyline, Cates introduced a new enemy named Knull. Then happenings of "The Abyss" have Eddie Brock teaming up with Reed Richards of Ultimate Universe AKA The Maker. Following "War of The Realms" and recent revival of Cletus Kasady sets things into motion that are out of his control.

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A handful of tie-in series and one-shot issues reflected on other heroes and villains dealing with symbiote collective. Several flashback and references from past events of "Carnage, U.S.A.", "Family Feud" and "Planet of the Symbiotes" were given. During end battle segment, Hulk becomes a recent host of Klyntar to fight Dark Carnage.

It took a lot for Venom just to keep up with his eternal adversary even with help from Captain America, Captain Marvel, Deadpool, Ghost Rider, Hawkeye, Miles Morales and The Thing. Life Foundation symbiotes and former Weapon Plus operatives have provided Eddie a fighting chance when they are blended into Legion symbiote.

Cates initially intended to use this plot for his current run on Venom series of books but then decided to expand his original idea by putting many key-players into it. At the very end of this bloody conflict, Marvel Comics teases another unnamed major event for near future with awakening of primordial evil Knull, who is coming to collect.
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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man – Hunted | Comics

Kraven the Hunter returns to hunt and this time he is after animal-themed villains of Spider-Man for one big hunt.

After rekindling his relationship with Mary Jane Watson once again, life was going good for Peter Parker. He has crossed paths with mercenaries Black Ant and Taskmaster a few times as Amazing Spider-Man. Taking down those baddies, he didn't notice that these two are kidnapping some of those bad guys from his rogue's gallery.

In one of their recent encounter, he saw them chasing after Rhino and they managed to bag Aleksei Sytsevich when he was busy saving Aunt May. What he doesn't know is that these super-villains are being delivered to Kraven the Hunter, who has returned once again and teamed-up with evil genius Arcade for a secret scheme.

Going back to Savage Land, Kraven decided to start a new family and begins hunting humanoid Ani-Men, created by High Evolutionary. Seeing his beloved creatures getting slaughtered, he complied with Sergei and made 87 clones of him. These kids grew into adults pretty quickly and he sent them all throughout world to become hunters.

Meanwhile, he spent time building a fortune and reclaimed his kingdom in anticipation of their arrival but only one of them showed up. It appears that, the last son of Kraven has hunted down all his brethren to prove himself worthy, to which his father felt proud but his heir refused to settle down just yet without killing Spidey.

He then explains his son that nature of hunt has been changed and therefore, they should change their way as well. Due to climate change and increased number of poachers, their kingdom is dying now but instead of hunting these unworthy humans, he wants them to hunt super criminals that take inspiration from animals.

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Amazing Spider-Man – Hunted | Comics

These villains have taken their names from the beasts without honoring their soul and Kraven wants them to feel how it is like to be hunted. He attends a party of wealthy elites of society hosted by Arcade and following introduction, offered them the greatest hunt of their lives by arranging for them to hunt down vicious baddies.

Previously in a family dinner with Mary Jane and Peter Parker, young Billy Connors had a heated argument with his father, Curt Connors and he sneaks up to get into a party with friends but gets kidnapped by Black Ant and Taskmaster. The Lizard contacts Pete to ask him send Spider-Man after him and help find his son if possible.

Billy was found by Black Cat at New York port who got baited by her old partner Hammerhead. Before getting knocked out by those two mercenaries, she sends a message through a modified Spider-Tracer that Spider-Man gave her years ago. He immediately ruses to their location while she tries her best to comfort Billy trapped in Plaza Hotel.

In his weakened state, Spidey managed to reach to coordinates sent by Felicia but sees no one there and then he suddenly gets ambushed by Last son of Kraven. A mysterious green mist is released in air that made him hallucinate about a grim future where he sees Mary Jane lying in blood and he gets beaten senseless in the mean time.

He wakes up later in Central Park wearing his infamous black costume and surrounded by all of those abducted villains. Believing him to be responsible for their capture, Scorpion attacks him but their fight is very short-lived when a group of Kraven-Bots came shooting at them all and everyone quickly start running for their lives at once.

Beetle tried to escape for her life but is hit by a large force field, which traps everyone within boundaries of Central Park as a prey. Inside of Plaza Hotel, Arcade invites wealthy elite group of hunters to join him and explains how they can take part in a great hunt by controlling an army of Kraven-like androids using advanced VR device.

Spider-Man was able to save Gibbon from an angry mob of Hunter-robots but was convinced to side with Vulture. In a shocking turn of events, Taskmaster ended up betraying his pal Black Ant and zaps him for a huge bounty. Back at home, MJ waits for Peter to return and worries for him as she is being secretly watched by a mysterious entity.

The Lizard has managed to get his way into this chaos looking for his son and encounters young son of Kraven in combat. Spidey made a shocking discovery coming across Black Ant of what has been originally planned here for those hunters. Then Sergei Kravinoff eventually showed up revealing his true intention about all this to Web-Head.

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Bringing everyone's favorite Wall-Crawler back to his roots for modern-day audience, writer Nick Spencer (Ant-Man – Second-Chance Man, Doctor Strange – Damnation) continues his run in "Hunted", fourth ongoing storyline from Amazing Spider-Man monthly series for Marvel Comics, collecting issues #16-23, #16.HH and #18.HU-20.HU.

Spencer has teamed-up with artists Gerardo Sandoval (Amazing Spider-Man – Venom Inc., Venom – Homecoming), Humberto Ramos (Spider-Man – Big Time, Spider-Man – Dying Wish) and Ryan Ottley (Haunt, Invincible) for main storyline.

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Kraven's Biggest Hunt

Additional penciler Alberto Alburquerque, Chris Bachalo (Captain America – Homeland, Uncanny X-Men – Revolution), Cory Smith, Iban Coello (Age of Apocalypse – Warzones!, Venom – The Abyss) and Ken Lashley (Uncanny X-Men – Apocalypse Wars, X-Men Gold – Evil Empires) has worked on side stories and one-shot issues.

Taking care of his family in Savage Land, Kraven the Hunter wishes to rebuild his legacy with help from High Evolutionary. One of his sons managed to take down all of his siblings and together they arranged a great hunt. However, instead of going after his loved ones they went after all of Spidey's costumed enemies for a grand plan.

Many references to past events that leads back to both Kraven and The Lizard from "Kraven's Last Hunt", "The Gauntlet", "Grim Hunt" and "The Clone Conspiracy" were made throughout entire course of the story. Nick Spencer would likely to come back with another Web-Head adventure next time in "Behind The Scenes" storyline.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Walking Dead – Rest In Peace | Comics

Though Rick Grimes thought Commonwealth to be a sanctuary for humanity, it could also bring doom to every living survivor.

Defending their home during "The Whisperer War" and then surviving "A Certain Doom", entire community of Alexandria gets busy rebuilding. Eugene Porter makes a discovery of another survivors' group and Rick Grimes sends a scout team. They are welcomed in Commonwealth and Michonne finds her long-lost daughter Elodie there.

Governor Pamela Milton of Commonwealth meets with Rick to visit their home, Hilltop, Kingdom and Sanctuary. There is a class-based social system in Commonwealth that disgusts Dwight and he proposes that they liberate these people of their shackles but Rick refuses and even ended up shooting him to put a stop to his madness.

Governor Milton gathers everyone to address what happened and assures that Rick's group is still welcomed among them as he saved her life. Rick had spat with Michonne for involving Pamela into this, which has led to such mess but she argues that Dwight had always been a loose cannon and he eventually forgives her at last.

Magna sends Siddiq to go and check on Rick right after he stops by at Hilltop community to gather more people to go with him. Aaron, Carl, Dante and Jesus join him in his journey and they came across a herd of walkers. Juanita Sanchez AKA Princess met them on her way back home from Commonwealth and offers her help.

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The Walking Dead – Rest In Peace | Comics

Devastated by the death of her lover, Laura decides to turn things around and approaches Commonwealth Military leader, Mercer to discuss their similar interest in overthrowing Milton. He goes back to his fellow soldiers realizing a growing distaste for current establishment among them but is arrested by Lance Hornsby and his men.

Pamela meets Mercer at jail asking about his sense of loyalty and he showed her the hypocrisy of her ways. Back at Hilltop, Maggie feels worried for not sending enough men to Commonwealth as she doesn't trust Pamela at all. Brianna suggests that she should go there herself if she wants to while she can watch over little Hershel here.

Princess talks about how people are dangerous and Commonwealth reminded her just that but Carl was able to convince her joining them. They got out of hiding before that herd was being redirected to another direction. Meanwhile, Eugene and Stephanie were at an abandoned train yard with no guards, who didn't see those walkers coming.

Laura came visiting Mercer to get him out of his cell and she does so through an explosion with a bit of help from George. Everyone heard that blast going off, even Jesus and his expedition team from outside. Deducing what just happened; Rick heads over to Pamela's office to quickly get her to safety as a revolt starts growing against her.

On their way at back exit, Sebastian sees them and starts demanding to know what is up and laughs it off when Rick tells him what is going on. To which, he angrily reacted to the brat stating how everyone hates them for being jerks. Escaping town, they came across Rick's friends and he instructs Jesus to take Pamela to Greenville.

Even though people are fed up with Milton and her ways, they snap back hard at Mercer and his men when they arrest Lance. Seeing that people don't really trust his ways, he approaches Rick for help and asks him to take lead but he argues that people are not ready yet to accept him as their new leader and they will need time for that.

With much luck, Eugene and Stephanie were successful in escaping from derelict train yard after tricking the surrounding herd of walkers and made it to town, only to see it up in flames. When everyone was busy fighting for control and overthrowing tyrants, a massive swarm of undead army has found their way to Commonwealth.

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The Walking Dead – Rest In Peace

In a shocking turn of events, creator/writer Robert Kirkman (Image United, Invincible) finished up his zombie-apocalypse saga of The Walking Dead in "Rest In Peace" storyline with artist Charlie Adlard (Judge Dredd, The X-Files) on board. Instead of regular six issue format, this one is concluded in last seven issues of Image Comics monthly series.

It may seem quite shocking for readers for TWD ongoing series to end like this all of a sudden but Kirkman already foreshadowed his endgame at an early stage of the story. Commonwealth is a state of civilization that is almost close to what humanity had before being devastated by zombie-apocalypse and is a great point to make a stop at.

Many that have lived up till end were present and there were some hints of what happened to others who were not present in sight. Major characters like Carl Grimes, Maggie, Michonne and Sophia has quite lived up to their true potential. However, things didn't end up as nicely for someone who actually deserved a lot better ending.

As expected, Kirkman never dropped a clue of how this outbreak started at the first place and neither did he disclose his origin for what virus has caused this. May be in future, he decides to do a side-story or a spin-off series like Fear The Walking Dead show based on same universe, where he explores that particular topic in more details.
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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Avengers – War of The Vampires | Comics

Blade the Vampire Hunter joins Avengers to stop mysterious Shadow Colonel from starting an undead Civil War.

After reforming The Avengers lately, Black Panther was elected as new chairperson and he also started gathering people for Agents of Wakanda as a support crew. One of his newest recruits, original Wasp goes to Transylvania for rescuing legendary vampire hunter Blade and Morbius the Living Vampire, with some bloodsuckers on pursuit.

An unlikely help came in time as Colonel John Jameson AKA Man-Wolf, who assisted them on space. Sensing an impending Civil War of vampires, King T'Challa calls in a meeting with his teammates and filled them in on what he knew. To fight off a new faction among them opposing Dracula, he invites Blade to join his team.

Shortly afterwards, Castle Dracula came under heavy attack by an unknown vampire warrior named Shadow Colonel and his Legion of the Unliving. They ruthlessly scoured through every corners and corridors before killing all of its guards and inhabitants in search for Lord of the Damned but came to find his coffin already empty.

Disappearance of Vlad Tepes has stirred many factions of undead race to go rabidly running amok. One of these groups ran into Blade and Captain Marvel when they attempted to hijack a Roxxon aircraft. Black Panther and Iron Man had to face another horde of them at The Great Mound, who came looking to get their hands on Vibranium.

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She-Hulk and Ghost Rider are sent to Monster Metropolis in Manhattan, where Mephisto pays a surprise visit to a clueless Robbie Reyes. Captain America and Thor visits Transylvania to save local villagers from being slaughtered by another rogue crowd of vampires but soon, they ended up running to see Shadow Colonel arrive there.

He came to Avengers Mountain with his talking dog Sarge and is confronted by Blade for interrogation. In below quarters, Sarge triggers Robbie to transform into a monstrous form by invoking name of demon masters from Ghost Rider legacy. Now totally out of control, he drives their enemies out of there and goes AWOL with them.

At Ukrainian border, Winter Guard member Darkstar and Vanguard astonishingly watches Vlad Dracula to approach them seeking political asylum in Russia. Looking for their rogue Rider, The Avengers locates the lord of the damned in a Federal Penal Colony where Tony Stark pays him a secret visit but got busy controlling a sudden prison riot.

Shadow Colonel and his new Legion then arrive at Madripoor to wipe out a group of peaceful vampires. After Baroness Blood, Carpathian, Rat Bomber and Snowsnake eliminate all adults, Ghost Rider is ordered to burn down a pack of their children hidden in a safe room but that task seemed to be too much even for a monster from Hell.

Robbie is punished for his disobedience with more chanting but then his Avenger buddies shows up out of nowhere. Stuck into highways of Hell deep beneath his own psyche, he desperately tries to break free. Meanwhile, his teammate Carol Danvers, Odinson and Steve Rogers attempts to get him out of this madness.

As they struggle hard to get Robbie back on his rocker, Black Panther teams up with She-Hulk to deal with rest of Legion members Carpathian and Snowsnake. Blade decides to draw attention of Shadow Colonel by shooting at his devil dog Sarge and engages him in a final confrontation to put an end to a looming Civil War among vampires.

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Avengers – War of The Vampires

For his third run on current Avengers volume, writer Jason Aaron (Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine, The Unworthy Thor) has returned to work on "War of The Vampires" storyline for Marvel Comics in 2019 with artists Andrea Sorrentino and David Marquez (Defenders – Kingpins of New York, Defenders – Diamonds Are Forever).

Collecting issues #13-17 from eighth monthly ongoing comic-book series of Earth's Mightiest Heroes, a recent adventure have forced the heroes to deal with a brewing Civil War of vampires. To deal a better hand with this situation, they rescued Blade, The Vampire Hunter from Romania and then invited him to join team.

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Kingdom of Vampires

Following recent reformation of The Avengers, unlikely enemies are rising from shadows and are being dealt with alongside newest allies. Their rival superhero group Winter Guard from Soviet Union has rebuild themselves as well but this time, its members are being led by Red Widow, latest product of infamous Red Room.

Being hunted by a deadly Legion of Unliving and their ruthless leader, lord of the damned has surrendered himself to Russia. When all dusts are settled, final plan of Count Dracula as well as real identity of Shadow Colonel will be revealed. Also, Cap and his team will get involved in upcoming crossover event "War of the Realms" very soon.
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