Carnage has never been my favorite Spidey villain, in fact, neither has Venom or any of the other alien symbiotes that we’ve seen spring up over the years. But where Venom became more or less a hero, Carnage is a cold blooded psychopathic killer. So what makes a comic about him worth looking at? The fact that so many heroes need to come out to stop him, or at least that’s my hope.
So here’s the first story arc in the new Carnage comic. Let’s see how things unfold.Carnage is on the loose. Crazy Cletus Kasady has become infested with Carnage, the symbiotic offspring of Venom and he’s used it to continue to rampage across the country. But when he learns that Manuela Calderon, the only survivor of his first murderous rampage, has returned, he has to go after her to finish the job. Of course, it’s a trap, but Carnage isn’t too worried about traps, but the good guys have a couple of aces up their sleeve.
Writer Gerry Conway has cast Carnage as more of a horror figure, which is really where the character’s strength lies. There isn’t really a whole lot to Kasady, he likes to kill. A lot. That’s about as far as it goes. But Carnage is really a creepy character and played properly, you can take this in a whole different direction, which is what I’m counting on. To this end, artist Mike Perkins is really adding a lot to the creepy atmosphere. His heavy lined style and deep shadows really work well to make Carnage a creature that goes chomp in the night.
And what can make the murderous Carnage even scarier? Combine it with Cthulhu-esque monsters, mad cultists and the potential rise of great old creatures from beyond space and time. Oh, and throw in perennial has-been Eddie Brock, riding his newest symbiote Toxin, to mix things up. And a werewolf never hurts either.
So while this first arc isn’t the greatest thing since sliced bread, it certainly has me interested to see what might be coming down the pike. I want this to go beyond just mad dog killer wearing an alien skin. It can be bigger and better and certainly scarier than that. The potential is there. I’m just hoping Conway and Perkins can pull it off. This first arc gives me a lot of hope.