As DC prepares for their Villains Month, Marvel is in its Superior Spider-Month. Superior Carnage is a newly released 5 issue series that follows one of Spiderman’s greatest foes.
The story follows straight after the events of Minimum Carnage, where Carnage escaped into the Microverse forcing Scarlet Spider (Kaine Parker) and Venom (Flash Thompson) to team up to take down their common enemy. All did not end well for Carnage and we now have a freshly lobotomized Cletus Kasady locked up in a maximum security prison. His brain is so damaged that he is in fact comatose and the symbiote has become his life support system.
The writer Kevin Shinick shows us Carnage through the eyes of others, as he has no mind of his own. The first half of the book is narrated by Ted Connelly, an unfortunate victim of the system. Prisons are overcrowded and as a result you have normal beings like Ted sharing a cell with a Metahuman. Ted assists in bringing a human and humorous aspect to the story, basically covering the comic relief that his neighbour Cletus can no longer provide, drawing new readers into the story. The second narrator happens to be the villain that awakens the mindless symbiote from its catatonic state. This leads to Superior Carnage…
Superior Carnage is the symbiote in its raw and most uncontrolled state. It has no goals, no aspirations and no grudges (thus far), it is 100% pure carnage. Stephen Segovia’s art manages to capture this perfectly, with graphic genocidal violence that holds no victim preference. Carnage looks as though he belongs in an alien horror. He looks as though he is a bloody pulp of sinew and freshly skinned flesh, something that no-one should share a room with. This introduces the problem; Superior Carnage is sharing a prison with other inmates. While Segovia captures Carnage well, it almost seems as though he got caught up in the carnage himself. It is clear to see that his main focus of the book was to capture Superior Carnage. Some frames seem too empty and not dark enough (literally and figuratively) to really capture the horror of the symbiotes presence. Nothing new is really brought in to lend to the title being “Superior”.
All in all this is a decent read, one that mainly serves as an introduction to further issues. The only problem is it does not capture the reader and make them desire to purchase further issues, especially if you are new to the character. It comes across as being another title produced for the existing fans, with Marvel acting like a symbiote feeding the fan base’s hunger and desire in exchange for $3.99.