Cover to Absolute Carnage VS Deadpool #1, featuring Deadpool fighting various iterations of Absolute Carnage
Cover for Absolute Carnage VS Deadpool #1. Comic book cover by Tyler Kirkham and Arif Prianto

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Credits:

  • Frank Tieri – Writer
  • Marcelo Ferreira – Penciler
  • Roberto Poggi – Inker
  • Rachelle Rosenberg – Color Artist
  • VC’s Joe Sabino – Leterrer
  • Tyler Kirkham & Arif Prianto – Cover Artists
  • Variant Cover Artists – Dan Panosian, Pasqual Ferry, Chris Sotomayor, Clayton Crain, Rob Liefeld & Romulo Fajardo
  • Adam Del Re – Logo Design
  • Lindsey Cohick – Assistant Editor
  • Jake Thomas – Editor
  • C.B. Cebulski – Editor in Chief 
  • Joe Quesada – Chief Creative Officer
  • Dan Buckley – President
  • Alan Fine – Executive Producer

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Deadpool. I love Deadpool to an extent. I love the Deadpool movies. I love his look. I love his general demeanor and character. But sometimes his character is taken to a point that just feels childish, and that’s what we’re getting here in Absolute Carnage VS Deadpool.

All-in-all, the story wasn’t my favorite.  Granted it is an introduction to a series, but it felt more like a Deadpool comic book than a cross-over comic book. Hopefully Carnage gets some win down the road here.

On the other side of the spectrum, the art is FANTASTIC! Big ups to all of the artists who produce amazing artwork on a consistent basis for a living.  I will rarely be disappointed with the artwork in a comic book. But I still like to give the artwork a spot in the review. It really is awesome and makes up so much of the comic book itself.

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You are now exiting the spoiler-free zone. Do yourself a favor and stop reading if you don’t want any spoilers.

The comic book begins with Deadpool playing a prank on Spider-Man. This part was actually kind of funny and probably the best part of the entire book for me.  I must admit that part of this is because I’m not well-versed at all with Absolute Carnage. My experience with Carnage has been the symbiote derived from Venom, bound with an insane murderer. In this telling, “he” is a large collective of individuals in a hive. This is basically what the symbiotes themselves are, but this is apparently one way that they reproduce. I’m not sure if the “Carnages” are actual people or super-heroes that were affected. If they are, I’d surmise that one of them might have been X-Men’s own Beast. I could be 100% wrong on that, but the whole time “Absolute Carnage” was mistreating him, I kept thinking “Leave Beast alone man! You’re all the same person anyhow!”

So Deadpool comes across this Hive of Carnages (band name!) and of course decides to play with them.  He does something totally unbelievable with a couple of microwaves, and we get to see Carnage-Beast get mistreated again.

Absolute Carnage then decides that Deadpool, having had been infected by four different symbiotes in the past, is the best subject possible for infiltration.  As he is ordering himself, I mean his hive, to go get Deadpool, Deadpool is singing “Disco Inferno” as their hide-out is burning down.

OK. I’ve gotta admit that if I saw Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool do that, he could probably totally pull it off and I’d laugh.  But reading it in the comic book here just felt a bit like fan-service to the throng of children who love Deadpool. I got the impression they were doing a “HEY KIDS! IT’S DEADPOOL AND HE’S WACKY!” so of course he’s constantly doing wacky stuff.

I can’t say that I’d recommend this comic book based on the writing. At the same time, it’s not the worst thing you could read. If I were to go off the artwork alone, then I would 100% recommend it.

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