Sewer Superhero Showdown In Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #3

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

The hunt for Misty Knight has taken this crew of Lethal Protectors to the sewers of New York, where a horde of Doppelgangers lie in waiting. Our heroes have been fighting them for hours, but there’s no end to onslaught in site. Thankfully, Iron Fist is able to summon enough chi to give the Lethal Protectors some breathing room. In that time, they find Misty, who is about to be killed by Demagoblin and the symbiote-controlled Manwolf. The Lethal Protectors save Misty Knight, but it will be down to Manwolf whether Misty lives or dies.

Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #3 cover by Iban Coello and Jason Keith
Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #3 cover by Iban Coello and Jason Keith

Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #3 concludes this Absolute Carnage spin-off. The final fate of Misty Knight and John Jameson hangs in the balance, and Demagoblin and the Doppelgangers are, of course, gunning to see them die.

The dialogue and one-liners still have some dry spells in this issue. Deathlok and Firestar are damned with some of the worst lines.

However, much of the comic is action, and that is well-orchestrated and enjoyable. Not all of the one-liners fall flat either; there are some solid ones in here, particularly for Danny, Misty, and Demagoblin.

Little from the main story feels at stake in this issue, but it still rides on the drama of whether Misty Knight and Manwolf are going to survive the affair with Demagoblin and Carnage.

Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #3 art by Flaviano, Federico Blee, and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna
Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #3 art by Flaviano, Federico Blee, and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Flaviano delivers some good-looking action scenes, and his style lends itself to motion and impact. He plays well with shading too, which gives the Lethal Protectors some good-looking posing panels. Federico Blee gives the book vibrant and well-contrasting colors to boot.

Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #3 gives this spinoff a fun and intense ending, with our odd assortment of heroes giving it their all to save two of their own. Despite little of consequence to the main story taking place here, it does hint at what happens afterwards being linked to the big showdown with Carnage. In any case, this one does get a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.

Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #3 comes to us from writer Frank Tieri, artist Flaviano, color artist Federico Blee, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, cover artist Iban Coello with Jason Keith, and variant cover artists Belen Ortega with Brian Reber; and Greg Smallwood.

Final Score: 7.5/10

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