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Carnage Reigns Alpha

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 4 critic ratings.


CLETUS KASADY IS BACK and badder than ever. With his soul trapped within the Extrembiote Armor created by Tony Stark during KING IN BLACK, Cletus has the means to level an untold amount of chaos and, well, carnage on New York City and the entire Marvel Universe. But like any good Tony Stark invention, the Extremis coursing through Cletus’ symbiotic veins needs POWER, and that means Cletus is HUNGRY. Good thing Brooklyn’s very own SPIDER-MAN is there to stand in his way! If he survives their first encounter, that is.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Lenght
59 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 90

    But Why Tho?

    Carnage Reigns: Alpha #1 sets a high bar for the rest of the crossover. The book elevates the Miles Morales run by adding one of Marvel’s most violent and freaky villains. For an opening act, it is hard to see how the comic could get more intense. The art is incredible and the script is phenomenal. Kasady always seems inevitable, like he will return in some form and you can’t keep him down. But now he has been given something even more powerful than before, and it could take something more extreme to put him down again.

  • 80


    Overall I’m intrigued by Carnage Reigns: Alpha #1. It’s fitting Carnage gets a big crossover to reintroduce him into things, although I did leave with a lot of questions. Using Miles Morales at its core, there’s a hero we can root for and interesting wrinkles involving Scorpion that should be fun to unpack as things play out. Carnage Reigns: Alpha #1 leans into the scares with a horror house of killing and slaughter that’ll hook you.

  • 80

    I wasn’t sure what to expect from the opening issue of “Carnage Reigns,” but it succeeded in introducing our main characters of Miles Morales and Cletus Kasady, along with the people in their orbit. The art mixes both superhero action and terror nicely, and the main story is easy enough to follow, even if you aren’t up-to-date on all the happenings going on with Carnage. It does help that there are a number of backup stories to help fill in the blanks for everyone.

  • 74

    Comic Watch

    While the contents may feel a bit off-kilter for a comic with Carnages name slapped on the cover, Alpha is a splendid highlight reel of all the qualities that make Miles Morales a compelling character, and will most likely convince some readers to pick up Spider-Man’s future adventures.

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