Extreme Carnage: Alpha #1

Writer: Phillip Kennedy Johnson Artist: Manuel Garcia Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 7, 2021 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 36
7.5Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

As the dust continues to settle after the species-redefining KING IN BLACK saga, Eddie Brock and his son, Dylan, won't be the only ones learning to adjust to a new normal. Collectively called the Life Foundation, symbiotes SCREAM, PHAGE, RIOT, LASHER and AGONY have tried to reconcile the sometimes-noble intentions of their hosts with their often-bloodthirsty impulses.
But the Life Foundation symbiotes aren't the only ones with a part to play in this story, and they aren't the only symbiotes who find themselves reinvented after KING IN BLACK. They have an older sibling who may be reinvented in its own right more

  • 9.1
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Jul 5, 2021

    EVENT HANGOVERSAfter any large event, I always have the same questions. Whats the status quo? How was the world affected? Not just our heroes but the entire population. Who died? What impact did this so-called devastating threat have on the world at large? Its actually quite exhausting. I think youve heard the story: big bad wrecks havoc on the world. Our heroes cant stop the big bad. However, they find a way to overcome and defeat the world's cataclysmic threat. Yet afterward, everyone pretends like it never happened. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Major Spoilers - Christopher Rondeau Jul 9, 2021

    Extreme Carnage Alpha #1 introduces familiar characters but adds an unexpected and complex theme to the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - David Brooke Jul 5, 2021

    Extreme Carnage Alpha kicks off a story I wasn't expecting, but am thankful for, as it blends the viciousness of political agendas with that of a predator like Carnage in a way that suits both. It's a good blend of violence, horror, and cleverly constructed political intrigue. It's the Manchurian Candidate meets The Thing with superheroes and supervillains thrown in too. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Comic Watch - Mike Eakins Jul 7, 2021

    A healthy dose of symbiote gore awaits the horde of fans that will undoubtedly consume this series. The bar has been set high for the rest of the books in the series as well as any tie-ins we may get. Do not miss out on Extreme Carnage. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Nick Devonald Jul 7, 2021

    This issue does a great job of introducing the summers symbiote event, along with the new symbiote status quo, and most importantly making Carnage feel like a truly terrifying monster again. The concept of different creative teams taking the story through the event and telling stories focusing on different symbiotes is intriguing, but only time will tell how effective it is at telling a coherent story. Carnage really shines in this issue, but sometimes to the detriment of the other characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Jul 7, 2021

    Extreme Carnage #1 has the potential to be a brilliant horror comic. The plot has a promising trajectory that could have multiple possibilities. It is unclear how much of a role Iron Man will have in this series, but his inclusion and the actions he takes dont bode well for Flash and his allies. What really let this comic down is the art. Clever ideas and attempts to horrify work well, but the unpleasant presentation of characters may turn readers away from continuing with the book. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Jul 7, 2021

    Writer Phillip Kennedy Johnson, who recently reignited DC's Superman after taking the reigns from Brian Michael Bendis, now has a similar job with Marvel's symbiotes after Donny Cates' work with Venom came to a conclusion, sadly his work for the Distinguished Competition started stronger. Read Full Review

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