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Subj: Axis Carnage #3: Kinda kinder Carnage...
Posted: Fri Dec 12, 2014 at 07:02:22 am EST (Viewed 178 times)

Axis - Carnage 003

This actually turned out to be a kinda interesting story that ultimately ends up kinda wasted on the character of Carnage. Of course, this is assuming that Carnage will quickly end up being returned to his goto psycho-serial slaughterer status after all that Inversion goodness, that was thrust upon him, is removed when Axis is over. Ideally that shouldn't affect any satisfaction from this story - but it does. All this satisfying wrap-up with this trilogy for naught - when Marvel predictably decides not to have any of the supervillain survivors of Genosha morally mature as convincingly as their decent narrative epiphanies would suggest they should in these Event crossover spotlights.

The 'spreading tendrils thru the city' part was too unbelievable - in spite of this precidented superpower range shown in his last mini (where he reached out to take over a small town). Also, just like last issue, there was a horrible page transition; it was the one where Carnage saves Alice from miles away and the next page has suddenly been reeled in to her location faster than Quicksilver.

Having said all that, there were some pretty good moments with Carnage - other than the patented indestructibility of MU superhuman regenerators that has gone beyond pet peeve annoyance. (Sheesh, vampires never had it so easy.) Also, Sin-Eater and Alice Gleason were 2 more unpolished gems from this book who deserve to be revisited. The oher good bits...
• the cover
• the immediate cliffhanger resolution not to mention everyman cops were permitted a direct hit for a change
• the (clearly spell-induced) surreal conversation with a angel in hell that (at least some aspect of) Carnage had while recovering from his splattered "death"
• the "Emil Gregg/Eddie Brock" honest-to-goodness footnote
• the Sin-Eater gave intriguing origin details and a creepy vibe
• the tendril search and reporter rescue seemed to unbelievable BUT it still looked kinda neat
• the dialogue of Inverted Carnage was kinda fun all issue
• the 'overload solution' part is a standard trope but it was done in a clever and entertaining way - right up to the in-your-face absolution of all Carnage's sins (albeit farfetched and unlikely in retrospect... and yet... maybe this mystic whammy will affect the whammy of the Wandadoom Spell)
• the 'shotgun backstab' and "FINAL LESSON" -even though over the 20 pages, Alice had some inconsistent or erratic characterization (again)- her decision here was kinda satisfying
• the sad ending that casts 'the bad guy' in a sympathetic light is done well and in Marvel fashion; his (spell-induced?) closing narration kinda leaves you feeling sorry for Cletus who wants to stay on a (clearly spell-induced) hero's path to salvation

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