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‘Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool’ #1 review: A great dark comedy

This book refuses to be just a tie-in, but so much more thanks to the comedy and horror.

Frank Tieri
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The funny thing about a Carnage vs. Deadpool showdown is they’re both killers, but only one of them has the sense of humor to win. I’m speaking of Deadpool of course, whose healing factor and killer instinct make him one of the best characters to enter the battle in “Absolute Carnage” since he can fight (and kill and heal from) so many of these Carnage drones. Will his chances to win still be up there now that Carnage is more powerful than ever?

So what’s it about?

Read the preview.

Why does this matter?

This is part one of a three part story so it’s not a huge commitment. It’s also written by the always fantastic horror writer Frank Tieri so you can’t go wrong with the horror element.

Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?

I love those bees.
Credit: Marvel Comics

This is a fun book with half of it serving as a Deadpool/Spider-Man adventure and the second half getting into what this book will be about. The first half showcases Spider-Man and Deadpool literally fleeing from Spidey’s rogues gallery since Deadpool invited them all to Spidey’s birthday. It’s a funny sequence that does well to quell any nerves in regards to Tieri’s depiction of Deadpool. He’s silly, quite bonkers, and looking to party whenever he can get a chance. This first half isn’t aimless though as it all leads to why Deadpool is even close to tangoing with Carnage in the first place.

The second half essentially drops Deadpool into a house of horrors, or in this case an insane asylum, that has gone very wrong. Carnage has taken over a bunch of villains with his main focus on J. Jonah Jameson’s son. That connects one of the main antagonists to the realm of Spider-Man further connecting this book to Spider-Man elements that matter. There is nothing quite like seeing Deadpool act so silly while also being chased by ravenous Carnage monsters. It’s a good mix that works quite well and Tieri writes quite a few jokes into the script that keep you grinning for more.

The art is by Marcelo Ferreira with inks by Roberto Poggi, and colors by Rachell Rosenberg who all do an impeccable job with the dark and edgy look. It’s a detailed style that suits the superheroes and there is one hell of a double page splash featuring all of Spider-Man’s villains early on. The body language of Deadpool is on point and Ferreira does a great job capturing his happy go lucky nature further helping land the comedic elements. The gaping maws of these Carnage drones are well drawn too and I especially like the colors by Rosenberg. These monsters paired with a burning building near the end make for quite a nice blend of orange and red. 

Poor Jameson.
Credit: Marvel Comics

It can’t be perfect, can it?

There’s a turn near the end involving the characters talking about a unicorn that’s a bit of a stretch. I get the point Carnage makes but you’d think he’d be a bit more on top of his game and know Deadpool has a couple codexes inside of him. It makes Carnage come off as a bit dumb especially when you consider he’s planning this all out take over.

Is it good?

With a strong sense of style this is a comic book series that is clearly being made by those who love making comics. This book refuses to be just a tie-in, but so much more thanks to the comedy and horror.

Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool
Is it good?
A strong sense of style this is a comic book series that is clearly being made by those who love making comics. This book refuses to be just a tie-in, but so much more thanks to the comedy and horror.
Solid comedy from Deadpool, solid connections to the Spidey world, just a solid first issue
Dark art that's good on comedic timing and Deadpool's hilarious body language
There's a bit about unicorns at the end that threw me for a loop
9.5
Great
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