Scream is my favorite of the Marvel symbiotes. By the time I started reading Spider-Man comics in the mid-90s, Venom and Carnage were already established. They were cool, but I had missed Maximum Carnage. The Clone Saga was my jam instead, and during that series, a new, female symbiote showed up with an awesome yellow, red and black color scheme and a head of magnificent symbiote hair.
Here was a symbiote I could get behind! And considering she appeared so rarely in comics, it became a bit of a game to track her random appearances across random comics as Marvel kept her alive and in the background. Did you know Scream once teamed up with Venom and Wolverine to fight an evil alien called “Dirtnap”? Good times.
Marvel recently brought Scream back from the dead as part of the Absolute Carnage story. She got her own tie-in mini-series, and is currently starring in her very own ongoing comic: Scream: Curse of Carnage. Being one of the only people on the planet who would say that Scream is their favorite of the symbiotes, I was really excited about this comic…but it hasn’t been very good. The main character doesn’t have focus, the storyline is annoyingly weird and the art is subpar. It mostly feels like Marvel is just banking on the “Carnage” name while they wait for the next big Venom story, where Scream will theoretically play a part.
Me being a creative guy, and this being my blog, and me not having any editorial oversight, I randomly started daydreaming how I would write a Scream comic in the wake of Absolute Carnage. The symbiote is back from the dead, she’s got a new host in Andi Benton and symbiotes are a big deal these days. How would I turn that into a fan-pleasing comic?
Join me after the jump to find out! Be warned, I think this got kind of long in my rambling/brainstorming. Just putting this out there!
Those who cannot remember the past are doomed to repeat it. Remember when the movie Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out only four years ago and the SONY movie studio had all these big, amazing plans to create their own Spider-Man-centric shared universe? They wanted a Black Cat & Silver Sable movie, an Aunt May movie, a Sinister Six movie; oh boy, they were going to get themselves a big chunk of that Marvel Cinematic Universe money!
Then their movie bombed and their plans fell apart overnight.
Well now they’ve got Venom coming out in a couple of months, and their desperate partnership with Marvel to rehabilitate Spider-Man has worked like gangbusters. So apparently SONY isn’t going to learn from their past mistakes. Word has it that they’re once again ramping up plans for their own cinematic universe using all of the Marvel characters they have the rights to. There are plans for a Morbius movie, a Kraven movie, a Nightwatch movie; Black Cat and Silver Sable are going to get their own separate movies, and even the name “Jackpot” has been circulated as a possible film. Do you remember Jackpot? Jeez la-frickin’-louise! Have they learned nothing?!
What makes things even worse is that SONY no longer has access to Spider-Man to center this interconnected universe around. He’s on loan to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Marvel isn’t about to taint their awesomeness with SONY’s desperation. As well they shouldn’t.
But hey! I’m a reasonable guy! And if the Venom movie is successful and he becomes the new cornerstone of SONY’s big movie plans, I have a couple of ideas for other symbiote movies they can make!
Comic Con is also a great place to show off new and upcoming action figures, which is another favorite bit of Comic Con news for me. I will always hold out hope that Multiple Man will finally get his due.
Well, as with every year, I’ve come away disappointed. No Multiple Man action figures, everybody. There’s a neat Songbird, though, so that should be fun.
Insanest of all, however, is an action figure for Lasher. What the hell is this nonsense?
How does Lasher get a random action figure? Out of all possible characters, why Lasher? Did they have a bunch of extra Spider-Man sculpts lying around and decided he would be the best use?
Who is Lasher? That’s a damn good question.
Lasher is one of five symbiotes broken off from Venom in the Separation Anxiety storyline, back when symbiotes were still new and cool in the 90s. There was Venom, then Carnage, and then five more all of a sudden. You had Lasher, Page, Riot, Agony and Scream.
Out of those five, the only one who really went on to anything of note is Scream, the first and most famous female symbiote. I’m a fan. The other four had their hosts killed almost immediately. The four of them then bonded to form Hybrid, another 90s symbiote. I’m also a fan of Hybrid.
But Hybrid’s host was also killed and the four symbiotes were separated and turned into military weapons, which was pretty cool. They were last seen helping Deadpool, with Lasher having possessed a cool military dog.
So I’m not saying symbiotes aren’t cool. I’m saying, out of all the possible symbiotes, out of all the possible Spider-Man characters, why does Lasher get an action figure?
Now, if they were making a whole symbiote line, I would totally be down for that! I would have to have a good Scream or Hybrid action figure in my collection. So hopefully this Lasher nonsense is just the start of something great!
Hey gang, remember that post I wrote a few weeks ago about two of my favorite symbiotes: Hybrid and Scream? And remember how I was basically writing that neither one has appeared in comic books in several years? Well good news, both Hybrid and Scream the female symbiote appeared in this week’s Venom #15!
And then they were both promptly killed!
Dammit comic books, why can’t I have nice things!
Whatever happened to Hybrid?
I love symbiotes.
I love the concept of a living superhero costume. I love the visual of the ooze-like alien swarming over someone’s body. I like the viciousness they bring to battle. I just think they’re cool. And so too do a lot of comic book fans, otherwise why would Venom and Carnage become such huge characters in the 90s?
Speaking of the 90s, that’s when my favorite symbiote debuted: Hybrid!
But like most passing fads, the symbiotes’ popularity eventually died out. Sure Venom still gets first-class billing, but all of the other dozen or so symbiotes created at the height of their popularity have either been killed off or simply disappeared into the comic book ether. Hybrid faced such a fate after his debut in the 90s. But I’ve got good news for you Hybrid fans – he’s back! Sort of!
More after the jump!