Monday, January 2, 2017

Carnage #15 Review - Marvel Monday

He Is Risen

Written by: Gerry Conway
Art by: Mike Perkins, Andy Troy and Joe Sabino
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 28, 2016
Review by: Josh Vermillion

Every month when this book comes around I get a little bit excited that we might finally get some answers, and then I’m promptly disappointed. After this many months waiting for them, my excitement has definitely wavered. So I suppose we’ll check in to see if Gerry Conway could give me what I’ve been hoping for.

Well, for the first time in a while, I actually enjoyed reading this book. The story is finally moving forward and we even get some character development for good old Eddie Brock. I can’t say I have any idea where Conway is taking Carnage and the other characters, but I know that I’m ready to find out.

This whole issue is centered around Eddie trying to redeem himself for what he did as Venom and wondering if there is a God. I’m not a big fan of religion creeping into my comics, but I thought it was handled pretty well here. Meanwhile, Carnage has killed all of the natives of the island and is working on bringing Chthon into the world.

There is quite a bit of nonsense about how the normal laws of physics don’t work in the temple and amplifying a symbiote in Jubilile and the concept of religion vs. faith, but I enjoyed the book enough for what it was. For me, the best thing about the book was Eddie trying to find peace within himself. Even though he isn’t a great guy, it makes sense that someone who has done all of the things that he did with Venom would feel guilty and try to make up for it.

I’ve always been a big fan of Mike Perkins’ art in this book. I think he’s done a good job of making Carnage look creepy and intimidating without going overboard with too many appendages coming out of him. Chthon looks pretty terrifying as well, so I’m excited to see him in action next month.

This wasn’t my favorite book of the week, but it took a big step up from where it has been the past couple of months. I can once again say that I’m interested to see where Carnage goes from here.

Bits and Pieces:

After a couple of down months, Gerry Conway finally has me interested in this book again thanks to some fun story progression. The end of this arc could either turn out to be really fun or really terrible. I guess I’ll find out next month.


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