Absolute Carnage #5

Event\Storyline: Absolute Carnage Writer: Donny Cates Artist: Ryan Stegman Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: November 20, 2019 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 11 User Reviews: 43
8.0Critic Rating
8.6User Rating

VENOM AND CARNAGE - TO THE DEATH!
Rated T

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Nov 20, 2019

    An unbelievably good conclusion to one of comics most epic events thanks to a perfect collaboration between artist and storyteller. This is an absolute must read. I can’t emphasise enough how good this issue, and whole event, is. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comic Watch - Trey Campbell Dec 6, 2019

    This is a beautifully illustrated and well written conclusion that makes the entire series feel more like a prologue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 5, 2019

    Absolute Carnage is epic and incredible. Venom's stock was already on the rise in the Marvel Universe and now it's through the roof. You might wonder how this can possibly be topped. Fortunately, we're given a glimpse at the terror on its way and I can't wait to see how writer Donny Cates tackles this next obstacle, not to mention Eddie's continued growth as a character and as a father. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Nov 20, 2019

    Absolute Carnage has been one of Marvels most entertaining crossovers to date. Still, all of the various climaxes and reveals and emotional turns are beginning to get exhausting, to the point where the story has no time for falling action, and leaves various threads left dangling to be resolved in the main Venom title. Its been a good event, but it feels unfinished, and ends extremely abruptly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    411Mania - John Pumpernickel Nov 21, 2019

    A very good issue that will make many happy but for those looking for a clean break, this isn't the time. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Colin Tessier Nov 20, 2019

    The finale of Absolute Carnage features some of the series' strengths but it doesn't match the quality set by its predecessors. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - wolfcypher Nov 20, 2019

    This was a solid installment. It leaves a lot on the table for future stories. If this was a television show, this really feels like the end of season one. As far as the event as a whole, this was a fun read. Even if I couldn't put my gripes aside towards issue 5, there's still too much good writing to have this event's main story feel derailed. So the whole of my review is, Absolute Carnage was a fun ride and I would strongly recommend this entire five-parter as a buy. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comic Book Revolution - Kevin Lainez Nov 24, 2019

    At the end of the day Absolute Carnage #5 was exactly what it needed to be. Eddie Brock was elevated to be an even better character through his actions against Carnage and interactions with Spider-Man and Dylan Brock. At the same time, Donny Cates was able to put over the sadistic nature of Carnage and Cletus Kasady. With how things ended Cates and Ryan Stegman set a bright, albeit bleak in tone, future for the Venom series. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Nov 20, 2019

    Visually stunning, this finale is entertaining mostly because it sets up so many stories going forward. As a standalone finale, however, I was left wanting, especially since it seems Venom simply had to use willpower to finish this fight. It's a convenient end that wraps things up too easily. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 22, 2019

    All in all, it's a good effort - it's not the kind of finale that will blow you away, but it serves its characters well and will have lasting consequences for Venom moving forward. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    ComicBook.com - Charlie Ridgely Nov 20, 2019

    After a long wait, Absolute Carnage ends pretty abruptly. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Kalaoui Nov 22, 2019

    It definitely was interesting and kept my attention. Ithad me invested in knowing what comes next so props to Donny Cates but the ending is just the end of another arc so a bit of a downer. This would have been weak without Ryan Stegman, Bagley, Mayer and Martin. The art team was fantastic!!

  • 8.0
    Bill Blaze Nov 20, 2019

    Decent ending... more like an ending of an arc than an event. Without reading the tie ins other than Venom it feels like I missed a lot though. That is the biggest problem with these event tie-ins. You really have to invest in more of the other titles to get the big picture. I just don't have the funds. I'm po yo.

  • 10
    Psycamorean Nov 21, 2019

    This was a really good finale.

  • 10
    Spacey Medicine Dec 5, 2019

    A very enjoyable comic that just went by too quickly.

  • 9.0
    Wolf Warner Nov 20, 2019

    Dylan to the rescue!!! Needed to be longer!!

  • 7.5
    ohhaimark Nov 23, 2019

    THE GOOD:

    -A pretty good finale for a pretty good series.

    -The art was good. Not sure why Stegman peaked so heavily with the first issue, but it was good enough here.

    -A very action driven issue, so it's good the action was as fun as it was.

    -I kept going back and forth with Carnage, but I ended up liking him. The creepy serial killer take was a lot stronger here and I liked it.

    -I'm interested in the Knull storyline quite a bit.

    -I liked the end. Simple, but effective.

    THE BAD:

    -I'm tired of openings like this. Good guy meets bad guy for the first time flashbacks are overused and lazy.

    -The heroes from the tie-ins showing up to help at more

  • 10
    The Comics Golden King Nov 23, 2019

    must have for collection. nice finish.

  • 10
    M1sf1r3 Dec 6, 2019

    Prelude:
    It's the conclusion to Absolute Carnage. Can Cates and Stegman stick the landing on this impressive event? Let's see.

    The Good:
    I like the brief look into Eddie before he was more heroic.

    All the tie-in characters are here. Yes, they don't do much but it is nice to see them.

    Interesting choice from Eddie here and creates the ending I did not expect to happen.

    Absolutely wonderful art from Stegman by the way. Those Knull scenes were especially great.

    We're going to have some fallout in Venom due to this event especially with Dylan.

    The Bad:
    Doesn't tie up fully but we've got Venom for that I guess. Still, a bit annoying.

    Conclusion:
    A ma more

  • 9.5
    Shaffer2323 Nov 21, 2019

    Well that ended suddenly but fantastically. Kind of feels like the end of a story arc, rather than an event, which makes sense as Donny Cates has said that originally Absolute Carnage was just another arc in Venom, until editorial told him to make it an event. And what a fun event it was!

  • 9.5
    cincyfan Nov 30, 2019

    great book! now what happens when he arrives

  • 9.0
    EDiakota Nov 23, 2019

    " In fact, i think you and me could have a bright... Beautiful... Future ahead of us. "
    - CLETUS KASADY

  • 9.0
    JS3620 Jan 30, 2021

    This was a masterpiece and a near perfect ending for this event as a whole! This conclusion was well-done and I was not disappointed. The heroes are heavily outnumbered with massive swarm of carnageized civilians, but then the heroes from all the tie ins come to the rescue, although we didn’t really get to see them in action. But Venom vs Carnage was the biggest the highlight for this last issue. The battle and flashback story were so well done with Carnage forcing Eddie to make a choice: let Cletus take Dylan’s codex and so he can awaken knull or so that Eddie can have a chance of beating him without awakening knull, OR kill Cletus to save Dylan, but awaken knull in the process of doing so. In the end Eddie chose door number 2, and I d more

  • 8.0
    Alloy Press Feb 20, 2020

    This Events strengths are its weaknesses. It has moments that are so good you cant wait for more but it wont give you more... like Venom Hulk. Its ideas are fantastic but the hard questions this title throws at our heroes are answered too easily. That last page was great dont get me wrong, Venom sword was badass and I loved the way Carnage died and Knull was awoken. But Damn if Carnage didnt seem like an easy final boss. For all that threat and powering up Eddie took him out too easily. Just felt like the scariest toughest moments were in issue one and there is something wrong with that.

    Negatives aside, this is where its at for Venom Heads. Visually stunning.
    All the Main Players in the Venom world are here and they are pre more

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Nov 20, 2019

    What we got was very good but it just felt like it ended very quickly. And now it seems like knull is going to be a problem again.

  • 7.5
    A7sus420 Nov 20, 2019

    A real page turner. A little disappointed w/the ending.

  • 7.5
    CrazyforRAMU Jun 7, 2020

    After all the wide-ranging conflict, Absolute Carnage comes down to a heinous Morton's Fork and Eddie is singularly ill-prepared to find a "real win" third option. This issue was another very strong art showing and it had some nice, tough dialogue. I was surprised by how utterly inconsequential all the tie-ins and guest-stars were in the end, though. I think this *should* have just been a big arc in Venom rather than a crossover event.

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  • 9.5
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  • 9.0
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  • 9.0
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  • 9.0
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  • 9.0
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  • 9.0
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  • 9.0
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  • 8.5
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  • 8.5
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