Aug 18, 2014

axis: carnage 2


AXIS: CARNAGE #2 (of 3) 
 • Carnage has kidnapped one of New York City’s most beloved news anchors-- BUT WHY? 
 • What is the Sin Eater after? And what does it have to do with Carnage? 

Aug 17, 2014

axis: carnage

AXIS: Carnage

  1. AXIS: Carnage Part 1: COMING IN OCTOBER
  2. AXIS:Carnage Part 2: COMING IN NOVEMBER
  3. AXIS: Carnage Part 3: COMING IN DECEMBER

Aug 15, 2014

bendis talks about 'planet venom'

Planet Venom
Were you a little disappointed when Venom was only featured in the shadows of a couple panels in the latest GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY issue?  Well in a few short months he is getting an entire arc dedicated to the symbiotes home planet!  MTV News has an exclusive interview with Guardians author Brian Bendis and our first look at the start of 'Planet Venom' - issue 21:

In November, Marvel Comics is taking readers to a corner of the universe they’ve never been to before: the planet Spider-Man’s evil symbiotes come from, as “Guardians of the Galaxy #21″ kicks off a three-issue arc called “Planet Venom.” 
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Marvel “Young Gun” Valerio Schiti, the arc sends the guy currently wearing Spider-Man’s evil black and white alter ego Venom back to his suit’s home planet, teamed up with the currently-in-theaters “Guardians of the Galaxy.” And while Venom also has his own movie in the works at Sony, this is the sort of storyline that could only happen in the comics. Probably. 
“At least for now, the legality of copyright and trademark would make certain storylines impossible in the movies,” Bendis told MTV News about the storyline over the phone. “I like doing it for the comics!” 
When we join with the team of Guardians, they’ve been shattered by their recent abduction and torture by enemies, as well as horrifying revelations from their past. And recent addition Agent Venom – also known as Spider-Man’s biggest fan, Flash Thompson – has also been separated from the group, with multiple teases that there’s something very, very wrong with his symbiote. Point being, they’re not in the best shape to head to a planet full of carnivorous aliens. 
How and why the team ends up at the home planet of the symbiotes is something Bendis is keeping quiet at the moment. But he wasn’t shy about sharing his surprise that the famously overexposed character’s origin story had never actually been explored. “I looked it up and I was like no, there’s been a planet we’ve seen taken over by symbiotes, but have we not seen the planet of the symbiotes?” Bendis said. “I called [Marvel Senior Vice President Of Publishing] Tom Brevoort, I go, could it be that even in the craziness of the ’90s when it was Venom, Venom, Venom every five seconds, that this story has not been told? And he goes, yeah we’ve never been there. And I’m like, now I have to do it! It’s crazy.” 
“It will be a planet full of symbiotes,” Editor Mark Marts added on what to expect from the story, “But beyond that, it’s a lot of mystery. But we will be adding to the symbiote mythology in ways the average reader won’t expect at all.” For those not familiar with that mythology, way back in the good old days of 1984, Marvel released what was ostensibly the first “big budget” crossover comic, “Secret Wars.” Created partially to promote a new toy line, the story featured the normally red and blue Spider-Man using an alien machine to get a brand new black and white costume. To sell toys, naturally. Later on it turned out this morphing costume was actually a creature called a symbiote, which emphasized Peter Parker’s darker impulses. Getting rid of the costume, the symbiote bonded with a man named Eddie Brock, who transformed into the monstrous villain known as Venom. 
Even though other symbiotes have been glimpsed in Marvel’s space set stories, and an army of symbiotes even invaded Earth during an Avengers story written by Bendis, we’ve never found out where they came from. And in fact, what the symbiote was doing in that machine back in 1984 is a plot point that will be touched on now, a mere three decades later. “Exactly! We don’t know!” an excited Bendis said when we asked about the origin of the costume dispensing machine. “We don’t know. It’s so exciting, isn’t it? There are major questions about the symbiote that have never been touched upon. And it’s not even retconning it’s flat out conning, it was just not there. So it’s all additive and I just love that stuff.” 
Still, the story isn’t all obscure bits of trivia: it also touches on a major aspect of the writer’s life. “I have a mixed race family and people react to us differently in different parts of the world,” Bendis noted. “We went to Japan and there’s a different relation to people with brown skin than there is here in America. Thankfully, my daughters were younger and it didn’t really stick what was going on, but I certainly saw it. Including an old woman walking up to my 3-year-old and yelling ‘negro’ at her.” Bendis said that he pulled on those experiences to see how characters in the galaxy react to good guy Venom once they see he has the symbiote. 
“That kind of stuck with me as a feeling that Flash would have when people point at him and go ‘ew,’ ” Bendis continued. “[It] would be startling, and at the same time something he would need to figure out what it meant.” Marts added that Flash Thompson is the comic’s “point of view character. For most of his life he had a normal background. A lot of this is all still new to him, so this is going to be a journey for him, and he’ll certainly be a character readers will be able to identify with.” 
One other big introduction in the comic? A consistent artist for “Guardians of the Galaxy,” which has had its fair share of rotating artists – mostly due to family emergencies on the part of the other artists and last second reassignments. Now, Valerio Schiti will join the book full time with pencils Bendis says have, “character work and line work that I really just, I have a certain affinity for.” “We have huge faith in his abilities,” Marts added. “He’s the right artist at the right time.”

[Thanks to @oreoassassin421 for the tip]

What is that about not knowing what the symbiote was doing in the costume dispensing machine?
From the VENOM ANNUAL SUPER SPECIAL #1 ("Planet of the Symbiotes" Part 3):

[Thanks to @Bizarnage for pointing this out]

Regardless of any continuity errors, I'm excited to finally explore the Symbiote's home planet.  Planet Venom starts in Guardians of the Galaxy 21 (part 1 of 3) and will hit shelves in November.

Aug 12, 2014

axis will feature an inverted version of carnage

Inversion of Carnage
Rick Remender talked to CBR about the second act of his AXIS event, "Inversion," and what to expect from the most heartless symbiote in the Marvel U:

In terms of how the tie-ins will play into the "Inversion" effect, Brevoort said editor Nick Lowe had been driving himself "batty" talking about the "Carnage" and "Hobgoblin" miniseries because it features the Inverted versions of the characters. "This will be a morally upstanding Carnage and a Hobgoblin who is perhaps a good businessman rather than a bad businessman," said Brevoort. "It gives you a totally different Hobgoblin and a totally different Carnage to do a story about as part of this. This will be different than any Hobgoblin or Carnage project you've seen up until now -- for good or for ill."
"I don't think I'm spoiling anything by saying that Carnage on a redemption arc still ends up with a lot of bloodshed," said Remender, laughing. "I think what Rick Spears has cooked up with that Carnage mini is something really special."

 Are you excited to see a 'good' Carnage?  The nine issue AXIS event starts in October, the same month the mini AXIS: CARNAGE begins.

Aug 7, 2014

toxin on x-men cover

Toxin's Return?
While perusing some SDCC articles on Comic Book Resources, an eagle eyed TVSer found what appears to be Eddie Brock's Toxin on the cover of a preview for an X-Men cover:

Take a look at the bottom left
Here is the CBR article that has the preview.  What do you think?  If that is Toxin, it just raises more questions.  Why is he a part of an X-Men event?  Will there be more symbiotes?  Why the heck is he green?  

I reached out to Mike Marts (the interviewee in the article and the editor of X-Men) on Twitter to confirm this is Toxin.  I have not heard back as of yet.

[Thanks to @SpideyClone for the tip]