As an avid comic book reader, one of the events that I look forward to each and every year is Free Comic Book Day. For those who are just learning about this event, it takes place on the first Saturday in May and you can learn more about it via the link at the close of this narrative. Today I’m here to showcase what the fine folks at the House Of Ideas at Marvel Comics have in store for us. Take a look.
The Press Release:
Readers will get a chance to dive into some of Marvel’s most exciting titles on this year’s Free Comic Book Day. Marvel will put out two Free Comic Book Day titles, each containing two separate stories. Longtime readers as well as newcomers will be delighted to see our most popular characters from the X-Men to Spider-Man in extraordinary tales by our most acclaimed creators!
The Press Release:
In a video during today’s retailer panel at C2E2 in Chicago, acclaimed writer Donny Cates (Thanos, Guardians of the Galaxy, Doctor Strange) announced ABSOLUTE CARNAGE – Marvel’s epic summer event! Beginning in Free Comic Book Day Spider-Man/Venom #1 (out May 5), the blockbuster event starts in August (although fans will see the threads reaching as far back as Amazing Spider-Man 252 with connections to almost every Venom and Carnage story since) and re-teams Cates with Venom’s Ryan Stegman and colorist Frank Martin for the deadliest story in the Marvel Universe!
“Cletus Kasady is back, and he is deadlier than he’s ever been,” Cates teased in the video announcement. “ABSOLUTE CARNAGE encompasses every single character who has ever worn a symbiote and every symbiote that has ever been, going all the way back to when Peter found the black suit. Going from there to Maximum Carnage to Venomized to everything…everyone is a target.”
Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more about ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, including news from this year’s Marvel Comic panels at C2E2. This summer, no super hero is safe…everyone is a target!
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: We’ve been fans of the super-villain Carnage since his very first appearance back in the pages of “Amazing Spider-Man” and feel that he is a force to be reckoned with based on his utter sadistic depravity and unpredictability and cruelty. Considering he ended up making Venom more of an anti-hero that is saying something. I look forward to this new series and think it will be interesting to see how this foe interacts with other characters that he might not have normally crossed paths with. What do you think about this series to come? Does the announcement raise some interest in you? Will you be asking your local comic book retailer to put a copy aside for you? Chime in down in the comments section below. Stay tuned for more on this initiative. I shall continue to report on items that I am made aware of.
With Marvel’s recent announcement about a host of brand-new title launches and their sharing not only the cover art but several preview pages, I’m going to help rally the charge by giving each of them a posting. Here’s the scoop on the just announced “Venom” title. It’s proven to be a busy year already for the “Lethal Protector” for not only has he had a bunch of “True Believers” comics come out, but also a number of “Variant Covers” celebrating his existence AND the Teaser Trailer for the upcoming film by Sony Pictures.
The Press Release:
New creative teams. New series. New directions. New beginnings. It all kicks off this May with VENOM #1!
“Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be rolling out new beginnings for a few of our key franchises-new creative teams, new starting points, new storylines-all the big stuff that we’ve been building towards since LEGACY began,” says SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “This isn’t a clearing of the slate-while these new starts will kick off with new #1s, we’ll be maintaining the classic LEGACY issue counts as dual numbering on these titles as well. Oh, and don’t read anything into not seeing a character on the Jim Cheung piece…we can only squeeze so many characters onto there without killing poor Jim!”
VENOM #1: Written by DONNY CATES; Art and Cover by RYAN STEGMAN (On Sale 5/9/18)
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I’m not going to add much to this post but will be adding this issue to my pull list in May for sure and then give it a good overview. Are you readers interested in a brand-new “Venom” series? Let me know down in the comments but before we go let’s enjoy some preview pages from the first issue.