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How I Would Write the Scream Comic

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.

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She’s gorgeous!

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.

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Possibly Greg Land’s best work

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!

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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.

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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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How Venom Should Have Ended

How It Should Have Ended finally got around to doing Venom and it’s a pretty good episode!

Lots to make fun of about this movie. And lots of good alternate endings in this video. I do so enjoy it when these people stick to their gimmick. That’s a good way to start a Monday.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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Honestly, Venom Was OK

Venom was a huge success and made a ton of money! So not only are we going to get a sequel, we’re also going to get a bunch of unconnected movies like Morbius and Kraven. Because Sony Pictures doesn’t understand that it was Venom himself that sold the movie, not their movie-making techniques. Nobody gives a crap about Morbius.

Honest Trailers nails some of the major complaints about Venom. But it’s like shooting fish in a barrel.

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