The Many Uses Of A Spare Arm: Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #2

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]

Carnage doesn’t like loose ends. As such, he’s sent Man-Wolf and Demagoblin to track down Misty Knight in the sewers underneath the Ravencroft Institute. Fortunately, Misty has been able to evade them long enough to call for help, and, thankfully, help answers. The Iron Fist is ready to save his longtime friend, but he quickly learns that he will need some help. To this end, he recruits Cloak, Dagger, Firstar, Morbius, and Deathlok to fight into the sewers and save Misty Knight before it’s too late.

Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #2 cover by Iban Coello and Jason Keith
Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #2 cover by Iban Coello and Jason Keith

Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #2 reunites the team that fought Cletus in Maximum Carnage all those years ago. It’s an oddball team, but that’s the kind of crew that tends to attract me. Plus, the presence of Misty Knight, Iron Fist, Cloak, and Dagger helps a lot.

Much of the comic consists of Carnage’s hunt for Misty, which is a fairly tense and grotesque segment. It’s followed up with Iron Fist getting the band back together for the rescue mission. Disappointingly, that is where the comic weakens a bit.

The dialogue between the “Lethal Protectors” is fairly weak. Cloak and Deathlok have a pissing contest that adds little to the comic. Plus, this depiction of Deathlok feels inconsistent with the stoic Terminator-like character that I’ve grown to like over the years.

Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #2 art by Flaviano, Federico Blee, and letterer VC's Joe Caramagna
Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #2 art by Flaviano, Federico Blee, and letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna

Flaviano’s artwork is good though, and he has a special talent for the action scenes. It’s a flud style that lends itself to movement and impact, and he does a good job on Iron Fist and Dagger’s costumes especially. Federico Blee gives the comic a unique color palette that balances the horror elements with the madcap nature of the team.

Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #2 is a fun if somewhat troubled continuation to the tense opening issue. Misty is still barely avoiding the hordes of Carnage while Iron Fist puts together a rescue team to fight back against Cletus and his horrible friends. It has it’s problems, but it’s enjoyable enough to recommend. Feel free to pick this one up.

Absolute Carnage: Lethal Protectors #2 comes to us from writer Frank Tieri, artist Flaviano, color artist Federico Blee, letterer VC’s Joe Caramagna, cover artist Iban Coello with Jason Keith, and variant cover artists Mico Suayan with Brian Reber; and Greg Smallwood.

Final Score: 6.5/10

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