Scream His Name: Absolute Carnage #3 Reviewed

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Carnage, the Norman Osborn one, has infected Miles Morales, aka Spider-Man. Venom knows that they can’t save him right now, so Eddie focuses on saving the Scorpion instead. Unfortunately, the symbiote wants to take the chance to kill Norman Osborn and take his codex. Eddie barely convinces his other to listen to him, and Venom saves Scorpion and takes them back to the safehouse. There, he finds the Amazing Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Captain America, Wolverine, the Thing, and Bruce Banner waiting for him. The Maker has disappeared, but Dylan and Normie are still present. They begin extracting the symbiote codices, starting with Captain America, but it’s not long before Carnage himself, Cletus Kasady, tracks them down. There’s nowhere else to run, there is only Carnage.

Absolute Carnage #3 cover by Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, and Frank Martin
Absolute Carnage #3 cover by Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, and Frank Martin

Absolute Carnage #3 finds Eddie at odds with his symbiote once again, and this leaves Venom an unpredictable and unreliable force in an already chaotically apocalyptic scenario.

The grand irony is that both Eddie and the symbiote are only looking out for their offspring, Dylan for Eddie and Carnage for Venom. That makes for a damn good plot point and good drama. Of course, Venom wants to kill his offspring.

Carnage’s arrival is the high point of the book. He gives one hell of a speech describing exactly what he is and what he wants. 

The cliffhanger has me excited for the finale, and Absolute Carnage #4 can’t come out soon enough.

Absolute Carnage #3 art by Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Frank Martin, and letterer VC's Clayton Cowles
Absolute Carnage #3 art by Ryan Stegman, JP Mayer, Frank Martin, and letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles

Once again, Ryan Stegman knocks it out of the park. His rendition of Venom and Carnage is unforgettable, and the scene in which Carnage arrives involves a brilliantly unnerving shifting of his grisly visage. Stegman draws a damn good Spider-Man too, and he plays with lighting well. Frank Martin’s color work is phenomenal too, and he brings the perfect color palette to the bloodshed and mayhem.

Absolute Carnage #3 is another spectacular showing from Donny Cates, Ryan Stegman, and company. The story remains tight, focused, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. Carnage, like never before, is this unstoppable and horrible force–and he’s downright scary. This one gets another strong recommendation. Feel free to give it a read.

Absolute Carnage #3 comes to us from writers Donny Cates and Clay McLeod Chapman, artist Ryan Stegman, inker JP Mayer, color artist Frank Martin, letterer VC’s Clayton Cowles, cover artist Ryan Stegman with JP Mayer and Frank Martin, and variant cover artists John Tyler Christopher; Greg Land with Frank D’Armata; Juan Gedeon with Jason Keith; Kyle Hotz with Dan Brown; Pepe Larraz; and Ron Lim with Israel Silva.

Final Score: 8.5/10

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