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"Scream: Curse of Carnage #6" Comic Review

Written by James Ferguson

Published by Marvel Comics

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Written by Clay McLeod Chapman
Illustrated by Chris Mooneyham
Inked by Le Beau Underwood
Colored by Rain Beredo
Lettered by Cory Petit
2020, 32 Pages, $4.99
Comic released on June 3rd, 2020

Review:

You'd think that after fighting off a giant underwater symbiote monster that Andi's life would get a little easier. She's still homeless, but she has a place to stay at the F.E.A.S.T. Center looked after by May Parker. She also has a symbiote of her own, so she's not to be messed with. After a run-in with the Punisher and Sandman, she's tasked with figuring out what's going on with some missing kids.

There are two sides to Scream: Curse of Carnage #6 and they feel rather disjointed. The bit with the Punisher and Sandman involving a pedophile statesman is interesting, but plays like it was shoehorned into this issue. Writer Clay McLeod Chapman could be planning further team-ups between these characters, however, as it stands, it's out of left field.

Meanwhile, the other storyline featuring a creepy old couple kidnapping children for nefarious reasons, is as riveting as it is terrifying. This is true horror that cuts very deep. It's a super disturbing idea that almost feels out of place in the Marvel Universe. This is where this book can really excel. It brings these kinds of horrifying aspects to light in a world where the Fantastic Four can fight off Galactus or the Avengers are saving the place from Kang. Despite all those flashy costumes and super powers, pure evil still exists.

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Chris Mooneyham is the perfect artist for Scream: Curse of Carnage. He brings this really unsettling look to the main character that's unlike any other symbiote out there. A great example of this comes about a third of the way into this issue when Scream gets the jump on the Punisher. Tendrils spin out of her hair in this sickly fashion as an unholy grin spreads over her face. She's supposed to be the good guy...or at least whatever passes for one in this space.

Mooneyham's Punisher has a classic look to him with the black costume and white boots. It could be a little dated, but it just looks so awesome, especially in his style. Le Beau Underwood's inks help bring out the gristled quality of the character as well as the action that follows.

The real threat of these two old people still has a lot to dig into, but much is implied and none of it is good. By that I mean, that it's all deep and dark. It's the kind of stuff that the most diabolical true crime podcasts focus on. Despite how messed up it is, you can't help but continue on. You have to see where this goes.

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Scream's bright yellow and orange color stands out against the otherwise dreary landscape. Colorist Rain Beredo makes her stand out on the page in a shocking manner. She isn't a bright burst of hope. Instead, she's like an explosion of frantic and bloody energy, here to put a stop to these creatures that lurk in the shadows, even if they resemble human beings. It takes a monster to hunt a monster in this case.

This is embodied in Scream's words too, coming out in scratchy yellow word balloons with blood red font. Letterer Cory Petit gives Scream a unique voice that is equal parts creepy and powerful.

Marvel has been playing with the horror genre for a bit with books like Immortal Hulk and Venom. Those have had ties with the greater Marvel Universe and leading to big events. Scream: Curse of Carnage feels like something else. It's darker and more terrifying. It's an unsettling kind of horror that creeps under your skin and crawls around, making you squirm. This is some real scary stuff.

Grades:

Story: fourstars Cover
Buy from Amazon US
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Buy from Amazon UK
Art: fourstars
Overall: 4 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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