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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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Long Red Dark

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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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The Bleeding King

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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Spidey Becomes Hunted

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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, May 1, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man – Lifetime Achievement | Comics

J. Jonah Jameson is about to receive lifetime achievement award from Mayor Wilson Fisk and Spider-Man had to come to his rescue.

During his time at Daily Bugle as its editor in chief, J. Jonah Jameson had been publishing one hit-piece after another claiming Spider-Man to be a public menace to raise awareness, never knowing that one of his employee and young freelance photographer Peter Parker was actually the man behind that mask he hated for so long.

Most recently, Parker made a huge revelation of his identity to Jonah and entrusted him with responsibility of its secrecy. It made things awkward for both of them but JJJ is trying hard to make up for his mess. Although people are pretty skeptical about his abrupt change of stance on Spidey but Jameson is adamant that they all owe him.

Next thing he knows, Jameson received an invitation from Mayor Wilson Fisk to receive a lifetime achievement award from their mutual friend Spider-Man, which Peter saw him announcing on TV. He showed up at Century Club in a Limo and is greeted by Spidey but due to years of habit, started shouting at him immediately.

Parker tries to reason with him about not showing up at Fisk's party because of his criminal past but JJ believes that Parker owes him this, claiming Jonah has been trying to repair his reputation but Pete reminds him that Jameson himself has ruined it. Seeing no apparent way of convincing Webhead, he walks alone to the party.

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Amazing Spider-Man – Lifetime Achievement | Comics

The Enforcers showed up out of nowhere to kidnap Jonah and engage in a brawl with Wall-Crawler. Having no luck at faring against him, these old-school mobsters try to shoot Jameson only for Spidey trying to save him next and get beaten. Waking up after a while, they find themselves among the company of Mac Gargan AKA Scorpion.

A mystery voice from unknown brought J. Jonah Jameson here to tell him his own story and starts projecting events from his life. It shows how he made Spider-Man a sworn enemy to how his insane obsession to take him down eventually led to Gargan being subjected to experiment, birth of Human Fly and creation of Spider-Slayer.

Then he met his second wife Marla and his father but they all died including Frederick Foswell, fellow Daily Bugle reporter and friend turned crime boss named Big Man. However, he Jameson turned out to be a traitor when he finally become pro-Spider-Man after year of rallying people into fight against "Webbed Menace", turning his back.

To punish him for his alliance with Web-Slinger, his unforeseen enemy unleashes Mac Gargan, Human Flies and a Spider-Slayer. Among a bunch of clones and LMDs, only Scorpion was the real deal and with a little help from JJJ, they managed to defeat them all until a giant-sized version of Big Man breaks in to crush them for good.

A ghost of his past came back to haunt him for stance he took lately but things are resolved over as he worked with Spider-Man. Meanwhile, a beaten up Gargan got his payday cancelled moments before he is kidnapped by Black Ant and Taskmaster. He wakes up to find himself captive alongside with Cobra, Tarantula, Stegron and Vulture in a cell.

Following his association with Big Man earlier, assassin-for-hire Arcade lost a huge sum of money and then Kraven the Hunter came to Arcade Industries with a business proposition. Peter and Mary Jane joined Dr. Curt Connors and his family for lunch when May Parker got caught between a Rhino chase by hired mercenaries.

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Jameson Goes Pro-Spider-Man

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hired writer Nick Spencer (Ant-Man – Second-Chance Man, Doctor Strange – Damnation) on board to take Amazing Spider-Man back into his roots. Assisting him on his third consequent run will be artists Chris Bachalo (Captain America – Homeland, Dark Reign – The Sinister Spider-Man) and Ryan Ottley (Haunt, Invincible).

After getting back to his regular superhero business in "Back to Basics" storyline and then opposing Odessa Drake leading a newly reformed Thieves Guild by teaming up with his former ally Black Cat in "Friends and Foes", Spidey is slowly approaching toward a new challenge set up by an old foe while a new one closely watches his every move.

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Saved by Webbed Menace

Peter Parker revealing his secret identity of being Spider-Man to J. Jonah Jameson is referenced through and through (Peter Parker – The Spectacular Spider-Man – Into The Twilight) and build premise of their latest misadventure. Hints of "The Clone Conspiracy" helped reflect on how Curt Connors has reunited with his formerly deceased family.

Webhead also faces Fancy Dan, Montana and Ox returning as The Enforcers from his early days of crime-fighting. A face-off between former Daily Bugle publisher, J. Jonah Jameson and current mayor of New York, Wilson Fisk was really unexpected. "Lifetime Achievement" collects issues #11-15 from current run and leads directly to "Hunted".
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Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Amazing Spider-Man – Friends and Foes | Comics

Peter Parker's roommate Boomerang takes him to the Bar With No Name only to get in a brawl with a mob of super villains!

Earlier, Adrian Toomes chases one of his henchmen, Dougie as Vulture for stealing from him. Toomes picked him up from the car he was running in and got taken aback when the barbeque sauce on Dougie's t-shirt starts talking, only for Black Ant to come out punching before Taskmaster took him down with an electric net.

Peter Parker has been back on his rocker swinging as the Amazing Spider-Man he is and luckily got back with his supermodel girlfriend Mary Jane Watson once again. Many of his regular villains have sort of disappeared but he still cannot stop thinking about his roommate Fred Myers, who is also a known super criminal named Boomerang.

While they were making out in Peter's apartment, Fred was sneaking up on them like a creep and then introduces himself to MJ. Even though she thinks he is a decent guy and his other roommate Randy Robertson is all for giving Fred a second chance, Peter cannot bring himself to believe that a scumbag like that can change all of a sudden.

Previously, Boomerang has robbed the Museum of Natural History and took something that even got Mayor Wilson Fisk very interested. However, the former Kingpin never really admitted it to public and swept it under the rug for some unknown reason. Wearing his work costume, Fred takes Peter to the Bar with No Name to hang out for a night.

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Amazing Spider-Man – Friends and Foes | Comics

In actual, he took Pete there to win big at "Spider-Man Trivia Night" when he learned from Randy that he has been a photographer for Spidey and knows an awful lot about him. Although largely against the idea, Peter soon starts having a lot of fun answering trivia questions of his alter ego, surrounded by a room full of his worst enemies.

News of Fred being there reaches to Mayor Fisk and his assistant tries to reach out but it failed miserably because of Boomerang being a jerk. To teach him a lesson for his defiance, an extremely infuriated Fisk offers a hefty prize on his head that got every other patron of the bar interested in breaking the sacred rule of the Bar with No Name.

Things turned out pretty heated there and Peter is forced to team-up with one of his former foe to get out of the mess. Not only did they put up a great fight but Fred even took a blast from Scorcher to save his bunkmate. Fisk deices to go all out on them but the mysterious entity with a huge centipede then pays him a visit to stop him from doing that.

Odessa Drake took it upon her to restore the honor of Thieves Guild as its leader and announce their rebirth by sending each members of their group to steal anything and everything valuable from superhero community and Spider-Man is called in by Tony Stark when they swept clean entire Avengers Mansion and Hall of Armor in Stark Tower.

Their chaos has claimed Captain America's Shield, Cyclops' Visor, Eye of Agamotto from Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider's Hell Charger, Punisher's armory of weapons, Thor's hammer and even his Web-Shooters when he was in mid-air. Falling down with no hope of rescue, his old accomplice Black Cat suddenly snatches him out of nowhere.

Although she saved Spidey mid-freefall, the world-class cat burglar did not waste time to take a jab at him soon as they land for being a jerk after the lab accident earlier (Back to Basics). Now these two allies must set aside their differences once again to stop the uprising of Thieves Guild before it is too late for Odessa Drake to pull off a grand heist.

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Amazing Spider-Man – Friends and Foes

Following the success of previous storyline "Back to Basics", writer Nick Spencer (Ant-Man – Second-Chance Man, Doctor Strange – Damnation) has returned to collaborate with artist Humberto Ramos (Champions – Change The World, Extraordinary X-Men – X-Haven) for his second arc in Amazing Spider-Man monthly ongoing comic-book series.

Titled "Friends and Foes", the story collects issues #06-10 from the series and explores Peter Parker's relation with one of the costumed enemies of his alter ego, Fred Myers AKA Boomerang in aftermath of "Secret Empire". Spencer has created new room for character development of this second-string mercenary, who is still playing coy.

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Once Friend Once Foe

Spidey also patches up his ties with Black Cat and these two goes on a buddy-cop adventure together against a newly formed Thieves Guild. More aspects of his relationship with Mary Jane are given focus and props to Marvel Comics for that. Peter's ex-girlfriend Carlie Cooper returns to inform her of a support group called the Lookups to join.

A mysterious enemy still watches over him from the shadows and it is definitely not Kraven the Hunter, who is also planning his own twisted plot. With more of his old adversaries will be popping out of nowhere with their uniquely sinister agenda and J. Jonah Jameson will tag along in his next action-packed adventure "Lifetime Achievement".
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