He’s Been Here All Along: Ruins Of Ravencroft Carnage #1 Review

by Josh Davison

Mild Spoilers Ahead
Carnage and his hordes destroyed the Ravencroft Institute for the Criminally Insane, and it’s time to rebuild. Many parties have a vested interest in shaping the new Ravencroft Institute, among them are former agents Misty Knight and John Jameson. Unfortunately, they’re not the only ones: Mayor Wilson Fisk has a vision for Ravencroft’s future and he ensured John Jameson his job back to buy his loyalty. While Misty and Fisk trade barbs, a construction worker finds a journal telling a story of the history of Ravencroft. It also tells of the cursed ground upon which Ravencroft was built and the horrors that manifested here over the centuries.

Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage #1 cover by Gerardo Sandoval and Romulo Fajardo Jr.
Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage #1 cover by Gerardo Sandoval and Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage #1 lays the groundwork for this tale of horror and insanity. We learn of how Ravencroft was cursed from the start and how it, in a way, was destined to be the home for something like Carnage. That is to say that Carnage/Cletus Kasady aren’t in this comic. The story largely deals with the aftermath of Absolute Carnage, but it does have many connections to Cletus Kasady which I won’t spoil. 
The bulk of the comic takes place in the colonial era, before the United States was even formed. We see the kind of creatures that inhabited the future grounds of Ravencroft and how they affected those that lived in the area around it.
It’s a fairly creepy comic. It never becomes outright scary or frightening, but it is a nice, pulpy, gory horror tale that shows why Ravencroft was always going to give birth to something like Carnage.
Angel Unzueta and Guiu Vilanova split the visual work of the comic, with Unzueta covering the part of the tale in the present and Vilanova rendering the past. Unzueta’s style is excellent, giving a well-detailed and expressive aesthetic to the story of Misty, John, and Fisk. Vilanova gives a more severe and ominous appearance to the tales of the past and it fits them well. Rachelle Rosenberg provides a nice and dark color palette to both sections, fitting the intent of Ruins of Ravencroft.
Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage #1 begins this story focusing on the Marvel home for the criminally insane with a grim and appealing tale of the area before the Institute was ever built. It shows how cursed this place was from the start and how it will likely only become more damned as the years go on. This one gets a recommendation. Check it out.
Ruins of Ravencroft: Carnage #1 comes to us from writer Frank Tieri, artists Angel Unzueta and Guiu Vilanova, color artist Rachelle Rosenberg, letterer VC’s Travis Lanham, cover artist Gerardo Sandoval and Romulo Fajardo Jr., and variant cover artist Ariel Olivetti.
Final Score: 8/10

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