It’s time for a certain viscous symbiote to get the spotlight, but does it really deserve it? Read on to find out.
The official description from Marvel:
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MONTH GETS SINISTER WITH THE RETURN OF CARNAGE!
• LOCKED AWAY IN AN ASYLUM, IT LOOKS LIKE CARNAGE IS GONE FOR GOOD—BUT HIS FELLOW INMATES HAVE OTHER PLANS…
• WILL THEY SUCCESSFULLY WAKE THE MONSTER?
• OR WILL THIS HIDEOUS EXPERIMENT CREATE THE MOST POWERFUL, DANGEROUS, MANIACAL CARNAGE YET… A SUPERIOR CARNAGE?
• KEVIN SHINICK (Avenging Spider-Man, Robot Chicken) and STEPHEN SEGOVIA (Extreme X-men, Thor) come together to create a story so grotesquely gratifying you wont be able to look away!
When it comes to this creature that was born in the 90s and ruined in the 2000s there seems to be an actual resurgence of good ideas lately. And thanks to the work of this team we have yet another comic that keeps that streak going.
Kevin Shinick pens the script and he certainly brings some horror tropes back to the character. Following the events of Minimum Carnage, our murderous assailant has been left in a catatonic state but his other is still more than willing to come out to play as the author quickly makes the world aware. In a more technical aspect I found the dialogue in this piece to be striking and strong but there were moments where I felt a bit underwhelmed by a lackluster line or two.
The art by Stephen Segovia is suited for this narrative. I found his visualizations to be stylized as the talent works hard to embody visualizations full of detail wrapped up in a chaotic tornado. I honestly found the depictions therein to be kinetic in nature as blood splatters and random villain appearances re-introduced players that for the most part have been largely forgotten. In short: the illustrations were excellent from the first page to the final panel.
Superior Carnage #1 is a really good comic book that starts things off with a stellar pace and enough terror to allow this mini-series to take off on all the right notes. Recommended.