Writer: Donny Cates
Artists: Iban Coello & Zé Carlos
Colorist: Rain Beredo
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Cover Artists: Kyle Hotz & Dan Brown
Variant Cover Artists: Ryan Bodenheim & Michael Garland; Khoi Fam & Morry Hollowell
Carnage is defeated. The world is saved. And God is coming.
While Eddie may have beaten Cletus for what seems to be the last time, he has doomed the universe in the process. Knull has been awoken and has broken free from his cage, and there’s no telling how long it’ll be until he arrives. Meanwhile, the Maker reels in his failure, reconvening with his superiors in order to course-correct. Just what is Project Oversight, and what does the Maker plan to accomplish? And can Eddie live with sacrificing the whole world for his son?
Absolute Carnage has been a top-notch event this year, although it could’ve easily just been an arc within the Venom solo title. It’s delivered on writing, art, story, characters, and everything in between, and even though it didn’t have to be an event, it was a damn good one, and a worthy successor to Maximum Carnage. The tie-in issues for the event within the Venom title have also been very good, delivering a side story of sorts, while still bearing weight and relevance with the overall event. This issue is no exception, and while it definitely should’ve been a part of the main book, it caps off the event in the best way possible, while also having a few surprises in store.
The moments between Eddie and Dylan this issue are the absolute best of the two we’ve seen so far. The emotions run high from the start of their segment to the end of it, and it’s so fulfilling to see them finally accept and acknowledge each other as father and son. I’ll admit, when the reveal came earlier this year, I wasn’t quite keen on it the more I thought about it, as it seemed like a weird kind of cop-out to make their relationship more “important.” However, the execution has been absolutely stellar, and I hope we get to see much more of this duo in many years to come. Also, Coello and Carlos do an absolutely stellar job for the art throughout the issue, with several of the panels of Eddie and Dylan being worthy of framing.
The Maker’s arc within this issue is one I can’t talk too much about, as there’s an overabundance of spoilers, but I’m in utter awe of the direction they’re going with him. While some could’ve definitely seen it coming, the fact that they’ve made this certain plot element apparent is incredibly exciting, and brings in a slew of possibilities that we surprisingly haven’t seen come to life yet. If you always wondered what Maker’s role would be within this title, and why he was even here in the first place, this issue addresses exactly that, and gives clear indication as to what he’ll bring to the table in the future.
Overall, this issue was the perfect book-end to the whole Absolute Carnage shindig, but as I stated earlier, it does more or less make me feel like it should’ve just been an arc within this title. Maybe it’s because it would’ve been too long, maybe it’s because Marvel’s been utterly obsessed with events and tie-in books this year, but in the end, I personally think it should’ve been one long arc. But regardless, this whole event has been an absolute blast, and with Venom Island and more on the horizon, it’s clear that Cates and co. have far more in store than we could’ve anticipated.