Amazing Spider-man #654 Writers: Dan Slott and Fred Van Lente Artists: Stefano Caselli and Palo Siquiera
Unfortunately, the Venom backup doesn't fare quite as well as the main story. It's got some nice art by Siquiera, but unfortunately it's a case of "tell, don't show" with heavy exposition doing the heavy lifting here in setting the stage. Hopefully, 654.1 next week deals with nu-Venom in a more satisfying manner.
Disappointing backup aside, the superb art throughout the issue and extremely satisfying finale to Revenge of the Spider-Slayers make me give ASM #654 an...
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Carnage #3 Writer: Zeb Wells Artist: Clayton Crain
As cute and sweet as Batgirl was, Carnage is twice as twisted and disturbing. After reading this book, I felt like a needed a long, hot shower to wipe the grime off. Not a whole lot happens in this issue as the plot follows Dr. Tanis Neaves struggle to not give in to the murderous urges of the symbiotes and resist bonding with the creature. All along the way, Carnage is dragging itself and its host towards the CEO of the company that imprisoned it and leaving a swath of destruction in its wake. Once it gets to the office, Wells throws a huge swerve by revealing a certain Mr. KasidyTanis as Carnage tries to impose its will and the twisted memories of Cletus Kasidy on Tanis' mind. Along the way, Crain tries his very best to provide the reader with nightmare fuel. His Carnage and Doppelganger are genuinely scary creatures that send shivers down your spine with their horrific designs. Crain's digital artwork really works well here to highlight the fluidity of the symbiote while giving him all sorts of death metal spikes that look like they're just searching for eyes to poke. His Doppelganger is a seemingly innocuous Spidey ripoff, but up close it turns into something that will probably eat your soul. However, not all is right with Crain's art. When asked to draw the mundane, his art falters and loses a lot of its allure. Additionally, he still suffers from some overly muddy pages that can make it hard to figure out what is going on. This issue is another decent entry into the Carnage miniseries, but some glaring flaws are weighing down this series from achieving greatness. This comic is thoroughly disturbing, but its narrative and art shortcomings make this issue only a...
|The art in this book will make your|