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"Scream: Curse of Carnage #3" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Clay McLeod Chapman
Illustrated by Garry Brown & Chris Mooneyham
Colored by Rain Beredo
Lettered by Cory Petit
2020, 32 Pages, $3.99
Comic released on January 29th, 2020

Review:

Andi Benton thought she had things figured out when she was playing host to a demon. Now she's got a symbiote and things are decidedly more complicated, especially since a weird sea monster is hunting her. It's already gotten personal by imitating Andi's mother, trying to lure her into the depths. Now we get more physical as Scream rises to battle this beast.

Where Venom and Absolute Carnage may have re-introduced horror to the Marvel Universe, Scream: Curse of Carnage is taking the ball and running with it. This is some creepy shit. The first few pages have a presumed dead man rising up, twisting his head around while a strange black goo spurts out of his mouth. He taunts Andi in this haunting voice, perfectly captured by letterer Cory Petit. This is supposed to be one of the calmer moments in this issue.

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While the comic doesn't identify which artist did what, I'm pretty sure Garry Brown handled this sequence. It has a grit to it, like we're seeing the dark and dingy underbelly of the city. Chris Mooneyham also contributed artwork to this issue, but I'm not clear as to which sections.

Scream: Curse of Carnage #3 heats up when we head under the water. We're so used to the symbiotes becoming a costume of sorts for their human hosts so it's refreshing to see when they get a little abnormal. Scream needs to be efficient in the water, so she grows flippers and a tail to navigate the depths. The artists took an already creepy design and made it even creepier. Scream's signature long hair is maintained with this transformation, whipping about like tendrils to subdue her attackers.

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Then there's the big bad lurking at the bottom of the sea. I'm not really sure what this thing is or where it comes from, but the fact that it's only referred to as “Mother” is enough to freak me out. This is another in a series of disturbing character designs that have come to define this series. Colorist Rain Beredo adds a sinister tone to this creature with a dark red, very similar to blood. The underwater scenes have a similar dreadful tone to them as those on the land. It seems Andi just can't escape this doom and gloom.

While the fight scenes are top notch and there's some great action horror moments, Scream: Curse of Carnage hits on a few different scary elements. Writer Clay McLeod Chapman is working on several levels of terror, hitting the more traditional as well as psychological aspects to make this an all-round great comic. You might come for the symbiote-on-monster battle, but stay for the unsettling violations of the mind. Although it has Carnage in its title and it definitely spun out of that big event, Scream: Curse of Carnage stands on its own as a solid book.

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Art: fourstars
Overall: 4.5 Star Rating

About The Author
James Ferguson
Lord of the Funny Books
James has a 2nd grade reading level and, as a result, only reads books with pictures. Horror is his 5th favorite genre right after romantic comedy and just before silent films. No one knows why he's here, but he won't leave.
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