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: 42
8.0Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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  • 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

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