Scream: Curse of Carnage #2 Review

by Nick Devonald on December 18, 2019

Writer: Clay McLeod Chapman
Artists: Garry Brown & Chris Mooneyham
Colors: Rain Beredo
Letters: VC’s Cory Petit

With the first issue mostly being a setup for the series I wasn’t sure how much I was going to enjoy this going forward. Now that the second issue is getting into the meat of the story I’m happy to report I enjoyed it, and think there’s a lot of potential going forward. I had concerns about Andi Denton as protagonist, I wasn’t buying into her too much, but now that she’s been pulled into the action this is less of a concern for me.

The horror elements are full on here. There are elements taken from John Carpenters’ The Thing, and the Alien films as well, which rate amongst my favourite movies of all time. It feels more like something that Hellboy would be up against than something in the Marvel universe, and I love it. There are still plenty of mysteries unfolding which I look forward to being explored even more.

I wasn’t too sure about the twist at the end of the first issue, with Andi’s mother appearing out of the blue. I’m pleased to say I like where it went in this issue, not in the direction I expected at all, and looking to tie into the events at large as well in a surprising way.

I also had concerns that this was just Marvel attempting to cash in on Venom and Absolute Carnages’ successes, but it looks like this is going to be an important part of the story going forward and looks to develop the symbiote mythos even more. It ties into the earlier parts of Donny Cates run on Venom without being reliant on having read that either. It also looks like it’ll answer some of the questions that readers had which haven’t been answered yet.

I’m glad that all my concerns and reservations about the series were unfounded and I think this will end up being a fantastic series.

I mentioned in my previous review how good the art is, it reminded me a lot of the Mignolaverse, and the same is true here. This time Chris Mooneyham is also joined by Garry Brown, and the art is still one of the best parts of the comic, only this time the storytelling is on a par with it.

This has all the potential to be a great series going forward, I’m really enjoying the fact we’re getting a bit of time to delve into the horror aspects of the Marvel universe. The art really is exceptional and makes this comic stand out in a sea of well-drawn comics.

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