The Greatest Cruelty Of All In Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead

Weapon V is another program instituted by Weapon Plus to create symbiote soldiers from the cloned remnants of the Grendel. The leader of the Weapon V unit is Urquhart; he, four of his comrades, and a doctor named Breen went missing after being attacked by Carnage. Urquhart knows Clayton Cortez, aka Weapon H, and he threatens to kill Cortez’s family if he doesn’t help Weapon V kill Carnage. Cortez agrees, and this monstrous crew put together a “kill box” in which to lure and destroy Carnage.

Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1 cover by Skan
Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1 cover by Skan

Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1 crosses the big Absolute Carnage event and this Weapon Plus miniseries that has been slowly brewing at Marvel (which started with Wolverine and Captain America: Weapon Plus #1).

I wasn’t actually that big a fan of the first Weapon Plus comic, but Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1 is a ton of fun. It brings Weapon H and the attempts at creating symbiote super-soldiers into the mix, and it has Cortez clash with Carnage himself.

This allows us to see how frighteningly powerful Carnage has gotten once again. He’s able to go toe-to-toe with a Wolverine/Hulk hybrid, and it looks like he could have won this fight.

The story is delightfully macabre, as most of Absolute Carnage has been. This issue returns to the Lovecraftian vibes that Web of Venom: Cult of Carnage and Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #1 were giving off, with a lot of talk about how “God is Coming” and Carnage’s declarations that he is the incarnation of every murder and slashing wound ever created. 

Stefano Raffaele does a fantastic job with this issue. Urquhart is unnerving even without the sym-soldier helmet covering his face, and the battle between Weapon H and Carnage is well-realized. Dono Sanchez-Almara doesn’t disappoint on the color art either; he gives this book the bright and bloody palette it deserves.

Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1 may be the best one-shot to come out of this event since Separation Anxiety. Not to insult the Avengers and Immortal Hulk tie-ins, but Weapon Plus brings the horror and mayhem this series thrives upon. Plus, it’s hard not to enjoy Cletus Kasady intone about how he is massacre incarnate. This one gets a recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1 comes to us from writer Jed MacKay, artist Stefano Raffaele, color artist Dono Sanchez-Almara, letterer VC’s Joe Sabino, cover artist Skan, and variannt cover artist Matteo Scalera with Moreno Dinisio.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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