Mild Spoilers Ahead
It looks like Andi Benton’s mother has returned. Andi wants to believe that it’s really her, but Scream knows something is off. Sure enough, what looks like Andi’s mother is another of the undead symbiote-like creatures that attacked Scream once already. It seeds the nearby seafood to create more creatures like itself. Scream is able to fight them off, but she doesn’t understand why she is being targeted by these creatures. Andi returns to F. E.A.S.T, but the creatures follow her there too.
Scream: Curse of Carnage #2 introduces a new element to the Marvel symbiote canon, though the specifics of it are still somewhat vague. A symbiote mother lies beneath the water and it wants Scream.
The relationship between Andi and Scream is far less of a focus in this issue. It seems as if Andi tries to simply ignore Scream’s voice, even as the symbiote takes over and fights on her behalf.
The symbiote mother element is genuinely unnerving and interesting. I look forward to seeing where that is headed and how it could affect the Venom title.
The red herring Andi Benton’s mother returning almost feels out of place in the grand scheme of the comic. It seems to only serve to inflict further emotional damage on Andi and have some synchronicity with the symbiotic mother beneath the water. The ruse is given up so quickly and unprompted, you’re almost left to wonder why it was presented in the first place.
Garry Brown joins Chris Mooneyham in this issue, and the artists’ styles match up quite well. They both bring a gritty style well-suited to the rough life Andi Benton leads. The monsters we see throughout the comic are genuinely creepy looking and their fights with Scream look great. Rain Beredo’s color art is grim and well-balanced, bringing more ominous personality to this dark title.
Scream: Curse of Carnage #2 falls slightly short of the excellent opening issue, but it does provide more enjoyable horror-themed superhero action with some genuinely emotional moments. As such, it still earns a recommendation. Feel free to check it out.
Scream: Curse of Carnage #2 comes to us from writer Clay McLeod Chapman, artists Garry Brown with Chris Mooneyham, color artist Rain Beredo, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, cover artist Mark Bagley with Andy Owens and Romulo Fajardo Jr., and variant cover artists Kael Ngu with Rachelle Rosenberg; and Greg Land with Frank D’Armata.
Final Score: 7/10