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Carnage U.S.A. #1 - This Land is My Land

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Carnage is back, again. His first miniseries wasn't enough and now he's raising the stakes. Spider-Man is bringing along some of his Avengers friends but Zeb Wells and Clayton Crain are going to make sure that still won't be enough.

Whether you want him back or not, Carnage is making another return and he has big plans. Spider-Man is going to need all the help he can get.

The Good

Let me begin by saying I don't really like Carnage. I never really cared for him. I could appreciate him as being a darker and more twisted version of Venom. He didn't (and doesn't) hold anything back and can add a more fearful atmosphere to Spider-Man's rogues gallery. The problem before is Carnage was never really actually scary. He almost came across as a demented cartoon character. Zeb Wells and Clayton Crain are doing a superb job in changing that.

As with the previous Carnage miniseries, Wells and Crain are making Carnage an even darker character than he was before. By setting his sights on a small Colorado town, he is beginning his plan take over the world. Sounds crazy but with his first step, he definitely is going to cause some major problems.

Despite being a pretty dark series, leave it to Wells to throw in his brilliant wit into the characters. You would expect Spider-Man to be slinging witty remarks around but there is actually another focus on other characters and it's pretty dang funny.

Crain captures the feel of the characters during both the light and dark moments. You do get a sense of dread on those under Carnage's tyranny.

The Bad

Despite getting pulled into the idea of Carnage versus the Avengers, we're still taking about Carnage. Fans of Maximum Carnage and that time period will be happy with the tease of who else will be popping in this series. As much as I wasn't crazy about Carnage in the 90s, some of the other characters I cared even less for. I do have some faith that Wells will make it spectacular if any of them do show up.

The Verdict

Carnage is back and he's not taking time to mess around. He is determined to take his evil scheme to a new level. Zeb Wells is actually making me care about Carnage when I pretty much never cared for him before. He's taking the Marvel Universe to a dark place and Clayton Crain's art is helping to take us on the journey. I used to be a harsh critic of Crain's art but the more I see it, the more I can appreciate it. The issue isn't all dark. Wells is a pro at throwing in the humorous dialogue and it'll come as a surprise when readers discover Spider-Man isn't the one with the funniest lines. CARNAGE USA is shaping up to be a roadtrip to hell and the fun is going to be seeing how Spider-Man and the Avengers will manage to put a stop to his evil scheme.

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NyxEquitis

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" He almost came across as a demented cartoon character." Isnt that sort of what he is? Lol.

Sounds like an interesting series, for sure.

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looking forward to it

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that is an AMAZING cover!!!!

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This was an awesome first issue.

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I need to buy this..

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Since when does Carnage scheme? I don't get it. Is this a new host? All Carnage ever did was try to rip stuff apart, not take over the world.

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@Joygirl: cleatus has gotten a little more clever with his tackticks hes still mass murdering & killing but he just has a plan behind it this time

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Your deranged cartoon comment made me imagine this

Carnage: What are we gonna do tomorrow night Venom?

Venom: The same thing we do every night Carnage, plot to take over the world

Their Carnage, Their Carnage and Venom,om,om,om,om,om

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^^Pure win.

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InnerVenom123

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@Joygirl said:

Since when does Carnage scheme? I don't get it. Is this a new host? All Carnage ever did was try to rip stuff apart, not take over the world.

He organized a "family" and led an attack on Manhattan. He may not come off as a schemer, he may claim to detest plans, but he has a sense of order under that.

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i wanted to get this, but it was either this or X-sanction. My love of Cable made it a no contest. Hopefully it goes to trade soon.

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It's kind of an hilarious cover, gorgeous, but hilarious nonethless :P

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Nice, I love the cover art and the story so far. I really loved the last page where we got the hint of seeing some old friends. If we do really get to see them then it would would make things even more interesting. I can't wait to see what happens from Carnage's reign this time. With this one issue I have a feeling that it will be even better then X-sanction.

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They made Hawkeye out to be jerk and Thing a bafoon. 
Great art but the character art needs some work. 
They are really making him a threat here. 

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absolutely loved it. one of the scariest comics to come out in 2011.

and crains art is getting better and better. his style has always been impressive but i wasnt always a fan of how he did his anatomy, but it seems in this issue hes striving to make (at least most of it) a little bit accurate and deliberate instead of super cartoony.

anyways, definitely stoked about this series.