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So Scream is Getting an Ongoing Series…Neat!

Scream is my favorite of the symbiotes. I wasn’t into comics yet when Venom and Carnage first appeared, so I never developed an attachment to them. Whereas Scream showed up right in the middle of the Clone Saga, at the perfect time for me to latch on. Not only is she just plain cool by being the first female symbiote, but she looks awesome!

It’s disappointing that she’s only ever been a minor character, but all this Absolute Carnage craziness has led to her finally making a comeback! And that comeback will including a new ongoing series in the fall, called Scream: Curse of Carnage.

Scream Cover 01

The comic will be written by Clay McCleod Chapman, who I don’t know, with art by Chris Mooneyham, who I also don’t know. But I am hope springs eternal that another one of my favorite obscure characters is getting some attention!

I’m also reading the Scream tie-in mini-series to Absolute Carnage, the first issue of which came out this week. It was…fine. Just fine. But it’s also just getting started, so here’s hoping it really comes together.

Anyway, here’s the text for the first issue of Scream: Curse of Carnage:

Patricia Robertson, Andi Benton, Donna Diego… it’s all been leading to this as one of the original – and possibly strongest – offspring of the Venom symbiote at last stars in her own, self-titled ongoing series set in the Marvel Universe! But after the events of ABSOLUTE CARNAGE, what remains of the Scream symbiote as it was before? Does it even have a host? What are their intentions? And what will a pair of web-slinging wallcrawlers have to say about its presence in New York?

Here’s hoping Scream gets to have some fun going forward! It’s a shame they didn’t use her in the Venom movie.

And did you know that Scream is the symbiote character that appears in the Spider-Man ride at Universal Studios? It was a fun ride, but then I was very disappointed that they didn’t have any Scream merchandise in the attached gift shop!

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My Favorite Symbiotes Are Coming Back!

There’s a whole bunch of stuff going on with Venom and Carnage in comics these days, and I’m not reading any of it. My interest in these characters only goes so far, and I’m not particularly interested in whatever weird new retcons are being established. Marvel retcons the origin of the symbiotes over and over again and I just don’t care about their origins.

Whatever the case may be, there’s a big Carnage-themed event coming to Marvel this summer, and it’s going to bring back Scream and the Separation Anxiety symbiotes!

Scream Absolute 03

Scream needs to fight Medusa

Scream is my favorite of the Marvel symbiotes. Venom and Carnage are great and all, but there was just something about the awesome look of the first female symbiote that stuck with me back in the 90s. I’ve got the action figure, I thought she should have been the villain in the Venom movie; Scream is really cool.

So it was a shame that she was unceremoniously killed a couple years back as part of yet another Venom/symbiote revival.

Scream Absolute 02

Apparently she’s going to get better…

Well now she’s coming back for a 3-part tie-in to this Absolute Carnage event, written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Gerardo Sandoval. That’s pretty neat. Considering how many times Cletus Kasady has come back from the dead, I wonder if they’ll bring Scream’s original host, Donna Diego. I’ll grant you that she’s barely a character, but as a comic book fan, I love what I love.

Scream Absolute 01

The twirly face thing is part of the new retcon

Along with Scream, the other four symbiotes from Separation Anxiety are also getting their own one-shot tie-in, from Clay McLeod Chapman and Brian Level. I love these symbiotes as well, though I mostly liked it when they combined to create the totally 90s-inspired Hybrid. Since then, those symbiotes have been part of a military strike team, then they came together again onto a dog, which was part of a Deadpool comic.

Now they’re back on their own again for this event!

Separation Anxiety Absolute 01

Look everybody, it’s the star of the Venom movie: Riot! Which one is Riot? Please, like you even need to ask. 

So we’ll see how it goes! I honestly think this is going to be another one of those Big Event comics from Marvel wherein I only read a couple of the tie-ins and not the event itself. I just don’t care what new retcon they’ve given Carnage.

Also, what’s with Marvel constantly resurrecting the 90s these days? Age of Apocalypse becomes Age of X-Man? Maximum Carnage becomes Absolute Carnage? Either that or just straight-up stealing ideas from DC Comics…

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Another Action Figure to Add to My Buy Pile

Toy Fair is here and we’ve got a look at upcoming Marvel Legends action figures! There’s a bunch that look pretty great, including a cool Astonishing Ant-Man/Stinger two-pack that I’ll definitely get. But I’m here to talk about one figure specifically: Scream, the female symbiote.

Scream Action Figure 01

Maybe she’ll be in the Venom movie!

Of all the wild and crazy symbiotes out there in comic book land, I think Scream is my favorite. First of all, she’s got a cool look. And she was only the third ever symbiote, so she was around before Marvel went too wild with symbiotes. Also, in the 90s, there was a slight attempt made to make Scream more of a good guy, which I always enjoy. So yeah, I’m excited for a quality Scream action figure!

This also explains why we were getting a Lasher figure, announced before.

Also, one more fun Scream story! I went to Universal Studios in Orlando this past December and they have a big Marvel superheroes adventure land. It was awesome. There was a Spider-Man 3D ride, which was essentially a short Spider-Man adventure video where he battles his bad guys, with the ride car jostling and shaking to fit the video. There’s a bunch of classic bad guys in the video, but out of all the symbiotes they could have put in, they used Scream. Not Venom or Carnage, Scream. For this theme park ride. Weird choice.

Anyway, I was hoping that at least some of the many souvenir shops at the park might have merchandise based on the ride — but nope! They had a bunch of Venom and Carnage stuff, but no memorabilia based on the actual ride they had. So nothing about Scream! I was disappointed.

Until now!

The 2018 Action Figure Buy List: Scream, Lasher, Multiple Man, Prowler, Astonishing Ant-Man, Songbird and Spider-Woman.

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This Week, In Killing Comic Book Characters That I Really Like

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!

AWWWWWW YEEEAAAAAHHH!!!

And then they were both promptly killed!

Awwwwww, no

Dammit comic books, why can’t I have nice things!

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Forgotten Characters: Hybrid

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!

Embrace the 90s!

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!

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