Morbid Methods Comic Roundup 8/7/19

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Paint the town red, Carnage has arrived! Four kids growing up in the ‘90s will test the bonds of friendship with murder, mystery, and danger. One former Lantern is on a quest to kill the gods and he’s not alone.

Marvel Spotlight 


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It’s finally here, the wait is over! Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman kick off the Absolute Carnage event with a 60-page issue #1.  CARNAGE will be tracking down everyone who has ever worn a symbiote suit. While he’s been lurking in the shadows of the Marvel Universe for months, Cletus Kasady is back as he returns to New York! Donny and Ryan’s work on Venom has been widely recognized as top-notch and that is what has had fans salivating over this title for months. This event is huge which means there is a ton to cover in terms of stories, tie-ins, and the variants alone. Jump over to our Ultimate Guide To Carnage for everything you need to know and for a preview of the 23 variant covers dropping on Wednesday.

Other Marvel releases
    • HOUSE OF X #2 – Learn the truth about one of the X-Men’s closest allies…and then begin the fight for the future of mutant-kind! Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman (AVENGERS, SECRET WARS, FANTASTIC FOUR) continues reshaping the X-Men’s world with Marvel Young Gun artist Pepe Larraz (EXTERMINATION, AVENGERS). It’s worth noting that yes – there are variant covers for this issue, but this is 1 of the 3 issues that were highlighted in the reading order found in the back of House and Powers of X #1.
    • COSMIC GHOST RIDER DESTROYS MARVEL HISTORY #6 – The aftermath of Frank Castle’s fateful clash with the mob. As the smoke clears, only one family is left standing…but can Frank live with the changes he’s made to his own history? And more importantly, can the timestream? Find out in this epic conclusion! While the standard cover teases Punisher, the variant from Kim Jacinto showcases the Castle.
    • MAJOR X #0 – Representing the classic Wolverine (1988) #154-155 with an all-new Major X frame short story written & drawn by Rob Liefeld. Deadpool accepts a hit from a mysterious group of overzealous techies called the Watchtower. His intended target? Wolverine! There’s a bounty on Logan’s head, and Deadpool plans to collect. But will the Watchtower prove too morally questionable for even the Merc? The beginnings of the hit Major X series can be found in these classic stories. Just like previous Major X issues, Rob Liefeld will bless us with a few variants including the limited sketch cover.

Indie Spotlight


Ben, Murphy, Tank, and Amanda are four screwed-up kids from broken homes…but they have had each other. When Ben is murdered, Murphy and his friends set out to find who killed him and find themselves in the cross-hairs! Dead End Kids is a dark coming-of-age murder mystery set in the ’90s, from the creative team behind 2018’s critically acclaimed Grief. Writer Frank Gogol has generated a ton of buzz as early reviews have critics praising issue #1. Some early comparisons liken it to a John Hughes film. If you didn’t request this to be pulled weeks ago by your local comic shop, you may have to chase it on E-Bay to get a 1st print, as this book is SOLD OUT!

Other Indie releases

    • COFFIN BOUND #1 – Cars! Guns! Entropy! Chased by an unstoppable killer, Izzy Tyburn has decided that if the world won’t have her in it, it can have nothing of her at all. She’s re-treading her life, leaving nothing but burned rubber, ash, and the sun-scorched bones of those who get in her way. Join writer DAN WATTERS (Sandman Universe: Lucifer, LIMBO), artist DANI (2000AD, Girl with No Name), and colorist BRAD SIMPSON (JESUSFREAK, MCMLXXV) on a road trip through a blood-splattered life.
    • THUMBS #3 – Thumbs’ sister is brought face-to-face with the man she blames for destroying her family, while Thumbs witnesses the sacrifices the revolutionaries will make in order to ensure that he and his MOM™ can continue on their path to revenge.
    • NO ONE LEFT TO FIGHT #2 – The comic you always wanted continues with “The Severe Tutelage of Mistress Harga!” Mastermind creators Aubrey Sitterson (The Comic Book Story of Professional Wrestling, G.I. Joe) & Fico Ossio (Spider-Man, Revolution) continue to explore their ambitious, fully realized world, carrying on the grand tradition of other Dark Horse creator-owned universes like Hellboy, Sin City, and Black Hammer.

DC Spotlight


DC’s Year of the Villain campaign has been building this entire year. With The Batman Who Laughs ending last week, DC starts its villain focused one-shots with this week’s Sinestro.  Upcoming Year of the Villain #1s include Black Adam, Black Mask, The Joker, Lex Luthor, and The Riddler. These titles along with a few others (Batman/Superman, Hawkman, Shazam!, to name a few) will all tie-in to the larger story arc focused on the DC Universe baddies. As the universe tilts towards doom, great forces awake in an effort to stop Lex Luthor’s mad plans. Dispatching Sinestro, Luthor sends the former Green Lantern to bring these old gods under control or destroy them before they reach Earth.

Other DC releases

    • BATMAN #76 – “City of Bane” continues! Bane has taken over Gotham City. Batman is nowhere to be found. Flashpoint Batman is now patrolling the city, dispensing a violent brand of justice and taking out rogue villains who haven’t yet signed on with Bane. It’s all building to a rebellion among the bad guys who don’t want to play along— and distrust in those who do! Meanwhile, a surprising ally has come to Bruce Wayne’s aid, nursing him back to health so that he can get back to his city. The card stock variant from Gabrielle Dell’Otto features the classic grey and blue colors for Batman.
    • DCEASED #4 – The Daily Planet has become a beacon of hope for the living as the Anti-Life Equation sweeps the planet. The Justice League has begun to gather there, bringing survivors and family alike. The war for Metropolis begins! One of the best things to come out of this series has been the horror-movie and re-imagined variant covers. There is a nod to Final Destination and The Killing Joke on this issues’ variant covers.
    • BATMAN / TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES III #4 – Batman and the Turtles grapple with the laws of Krang’s combined universe, desperate to return their two worlds to their original states. In this reality, the Laughing Man runs the Smile Clan, the most dangerous criminal organization ever to strike New Gotham City—and that’s how he wants things to stay! He’ll kill anyone who gets in his way…even the Shredder! Kevin Eastman’s artwork featured on the slick variant cover.

Final Thoughts

WARNING – due to Marvel’s massive events some readers may experience the following side effects: dizziness, nausea, anxiousness, insomnia, loss of appetite, feeling excited or overjoyed, extreme happiness, a decrease in bank account levels.

All jokes aside it’s a fun ride, enjoy it! Frank Castle’s cosmic ride is concluding, but that does not mean it’s the end for “The Rider.” Indie titles continue to gain popularity, resulting in limited supplies. Because of that, get those pulls in to your local comic shops early. With Year of the Villain ramping up, expect to see “Laughs” pop up again in the near future.

View previous week roundups, news, and reviews at the comics landing page, or jump into the Mulehorn Gaming Discord – #comics_collectibles anytime to talk comics! See you next week, same Bat-time, same Bat-channel!

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