"Scream: Curse Of Carnage #1" is full of horror and a sick sense of humor

Writing: Clay McLeod Chapman, Art: Chris Mooneyham, Colors: Rain Beredo, Letters: VC’s Cory Petit, Cover Art: Jim Cheung and Romulo Fajardo, Jr.

Writer/Novelist Clay McLeod Chapman loves horror; he’s been nationally recognized for his short stories and screenplays in the genre. He also happens to be a huge comic book fan, and had always wanted to write for comics, and has been doing so here and there for several years. But now Chapman has found a way to combine his loves month after month on his first ongoing series, Marvel’s Scream: Curse Of Carnage.

The latest character to spin off into their own series from the Venomverse is Scream, another Venom symbiote last seen in Chapman’s Separation Anxiety, part of this past summer’s “Absolute Carnage” event. As Chapman said in his recent exclusive interview with POP: Culture & Comics: “That issue made such a splash, that my editor was like—‘Sooo, hey, guess what, we’ve got this idea for a new series and we want it to be spooky and intense and a weeee bit grody, so…wanna do it?’ And my answer was—Absoluuuutely.”

Scream’s latest host is Andi Benton, a girl with Mommy Issues, in more ways than one. Andi’s search for the mother who abandoned her and how her absence affected her upbringing is a major aspect of the series. Familial relationships and interpersonal drama are always main features of Chapman’s stories, and he wastes no time diving into said family drama in issue #1. Another type of family drama is created, an extremely grotesque and creepy kind spawned from Scream’s blood in a corpse-filled river bottom. Disturbing family reunions promise to be a continuing subplot.

Chapman also wastes no time introducing the horror aspect, as page two features a full-page splash of a grotesquely-disfigured/mutated woman washed up on the shore of a New York City river. Another Chapman feature shines in this scene: realistic dialogue and the presence of black humor that goes hand-in-hand with the horror.

Artist Chris Mooneyham’s style reminds me of Klaus Janson in its gravitas and grittiness, an ideal match for Chapman’s writing. Like Janson, he draws some kickass action scenes, and Scream’s slashing prehensile hair is especially deadly.

For action, drama, horror, and a sick sense of humor, pick up Scream: Curse Of Carnage #1 from Marvel Comics, available Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

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