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New Superhero Comic Book & Graphic Novel Ratings & Reviews [ Marvel / DC Comics / Image / Indie ] 09-11-19 Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Of Vengeance
Absolute Carnage: Symbiote Of Vengeance #1
This is one of those garbage-tier tie-ins that most crossovers and event comics have. The (extremely short-lived) “Ghost Rider” between “Danny Ketch” and the current one “Robbie Reyes”, “Alexandra” has one of the “codices” (after having contact with “Venom”) that “Carnage” is after. “Carnage” attacks the village in “Nicaragua” she’s in to get the “codex” from her. I doubt him suddenly being in Nicaragua fits with the rest of the “Absolute Carnage” event but we’ll see I guess.
While this is going on former “Ghost Rider” “Johnny Blaze” (who now rules hell) contacts and tells another former “Ghost Rider” “Danny Ketch” to go help “Alexandra”. “Johnny” can’t help himself because he hasn’t figured out how to leave hell and can only do astral projections. Eventually “Danny” agrees and goes to help. He gets there and fails spectacularly and “Carnage” kills “Alexandra” gets her “codex” and gets “Ghost Rider” powers along with it. Shenanigans! Nothing suggests he would get “Ghost Rider” powers from this.
“Alexandra” ends up in hell (where all “Ghost Riders” go) and convinces “Johnny Blaze” to let her possess someone so she can fight “Carnage” and protect her village. While this is going on “Carnage” kicks “Danny’s” ass and he uses his “Penance Stare” to make “Carnage” feel all the pain of his victims. This basically just gets “Carnage” off. “Alexandra” posses this chick named “Imara” and she leads the village people into throwing Molotov cocktails at him. This seems to do nothing to “Carnage” but when a truck with members of his cult drives by for no reason he retreats. Wtf? “Carnage” then gets mad at them for… I dunno, driving by I guess and he kills one of them. “Alexandra” then leaves “Imara’s” body and “Danny” promises “he’s only a call away” if the village needs help again and he rides off. Then back in hell “Johnny” introduces “Alexandra” to all the other dead “Ghost Riders” of the past.
This comic had mediocre art and a mostly nonsense story where the heroes barely do anything. If there needs to be an explanation for why “Carnage” has “Ghost Rider” powers the answer “dunno, dumb stuff happened” is a better answer than this comic and saves your money and time. C-.
Recommendation: One Of The Worst Books You Can Buy