Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Marvel Comics' Absolute Carnage Story Arc Review

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Absolute Carnage no. 01 Front Cover
Poster Source:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_Carnage
Title: Absolute Carnage
Volume no. 01
Penciller: Ryan Stegman
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Publication date:
Language: English
Website: https://www.marvel.com/comic-events/absolute-carnage

Brief summary (Synopsis): *slight spoiler ahead*

Cletus Kasady, a notorious murderer was resurrected by a cult group worshipping the symbiote God. He is again on a killing spree as the Carnage, hunting those former symbiote hosts. As the symbiote left a codex to all of its former hosts, gathering all of those codices will be the key to awaken the symbiote God - Knull, a goal every symbiote must achieve for its creator. But Eddie Brock's Venom symbiote rejects the coming of their God as it grows intimately attached to him.

Will this come to a good end?

Absolute Carnage Reading Order:

  1. Absolute Carnage - Separation Anxiety 001 (2019)
  2. Absolute Carnage - Symbiote of Vengeance 001 (2019)
  3. Absolute Carnage - Weapon Plus 001 (2020)
  4. Venom 016 (2019)
  5. Free Comic Book Day 2019 (Spider-Man-Venom) 001
  6. Absolute Carnage - Symbiote Spider-Man 001 (2019)
  7. Absolute Carnage 001 (2019)
  8. Absolute Carnage 002 (2019)
  9. Venom 017 (2019)
  10. Absolute Carnage - Avengers 001 (2019)
  11. Venom 018 (2019)
  12. Venom 019 (2019)
  13. Absolute Carnage - Miles Morales 001 (2019)
  14. Absolute Carnage - Miles Morales 002 (2019)
  15. Absolute Carnage - Miles Morales 003 (2019)
  16. Absolute Carnage - Lethal Protectors 001 (2019)
  17. Absolute Carnage - Lethal Protectors 002 (2019)
  18. Absolute Carnage - Lethal Protectors 003 (2019)
  19. Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool 001 (2019)
  20. Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool 002 (2019)
  21. Absolute Carnage vs. Deadpool 003 (2019)
  22. Absolute Carnage - Scream 001 (2019)
  23. Absolute Carnage - Scream 002 (2019)
  24. Absolute Carnage - Scream 003 (2019)
  25. Absolute Carnage 003 (2019)
  26. Absolute Carnage - The Immortal Hulk 001 (2019)
  27. Absolute Carnage 004 (2019)
  28. Amazing Spider-Man 030 (2019)
  29. Amazing Spider-Man 031 (2019)
  30. Absolute Carnage - Captain Marvel, 2019-11-20 (#01)
  31. Absolute Carnage, 2019-11-20 (#05)
  32. Venom 020 (2020)


  • Symbiote Spider-Man 003 (2019)
  • Venom 015 (2019)
  • Deadpool 014 (2019)
  • Amazing Spider-Man 024 (2019)
  • Fantastic Four 011 (2019)
  • Immortal Hulk 020 (2019)
  • Black Cat 002 (2019)
  • Invaders 007 (2019)
  • Captain Marvel 008 (2019)
  • Avengers 022 (2019)

You may read the fillers before the main arc. The filler issues tease the coming of Absolute Carnage Arc. You may skip them and read the main arc.

I also recommend you read Donny Cates run of the Venom from the very 1st Issue (2018) until the 16th Issue. It got some key appearances (1st appearance of Symbiote God - Knull, see Venom #03 [2018] and Dylan Brock, see Venom #07 [2018]) and also, a very good run. After Venom #16 (2019), the story will continue to the Absolute Carnage #01.

I find the Absolute Carnage Arc okay, a major cliffhanger for the coming of symbiote God - Knull. I'm rating this Marvel event 3.5 / 5.0

Hope you like my review.




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Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Book Review: Elevation, a novel by Stephen King

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Elevation by Stephen King Front Cover

Title: Elevation
Illustrator: Mark Edward Geyer
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Fiction, Novelette
ISBN: 9781982102319
Publisher: Scribner
Published date:

I bought this book from Big Bad Wolf 2020, a book fair event at the World Trade Center, Pasay, Metro Manila, Philippines.

I never read the synopsis of this book as I don't want to get spoiled. It's just a hundred pages book readable for just a day or two.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Book Review: Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami

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Killing Commendatore front cover

Title: Killing Commendatore
ISBN: 9780525520047
Edition: 1st US Edition
Jacket Design by: Chip Kidd
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Published date:
In-language: English (translated from Japanese by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goosen)
Originally published by: Shinchosha Publishing Co, Ltd.
Genre: Fiction, Supernatural, Horror

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Killing Commendatore rear cover

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Killing Commendatore book spine

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Killing Commendatore right flap cover

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Killing Commendatore left flap cover

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Killing Commendatore without dust jacket front

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Killing Commendatore without dust jacket rear

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Killing Commendatore without dust jacket book spine
* spoiler alert!

Just a brief summary: this is a story of a painter with a failed relationship. He is offered to reside on another famous painter's house by his friend. Then he experiences strange things happening which led him to a shrine. He opens something which led to more strange happenings. A rich man from a far neighbor asks him to paint his portrait but later on, just to be found with a hidden agenda. As the story goes, he was riddled with an entity, a manifestation of Idea. But the strangeness doesn't stop there. He is driven to solve a clue from a painting of the owner's house, the painting - Killing Commendatore.

At some point in the story where Menshiki asks to be left alone on an unknown shrine, It triggers my claustrophobia or fear of being in a small space, like in a dark cave. Imagine being left alone in an isolated place, inside a deep pit, dark, the only exit is far and beyond your reach.

Killing Commendatore is like a haunted "Alice in the Wonderland" plus Dante's Inferno, and some mixtures of World War II history. When I said 'haunted', I don't mean a perfect horror story but Haruki Murakami writing "Killing Commendatore" is very promising, and he could be a good Horror storyteller if he decides to write one.

What I like: the manifestation of Idea, the Double Metaphor, and the genius design of this US edition hardcover by Chip Kidd

What I didn't like: like with Haruki Murakami's other titles, he's leaving some event of the story with no explanation, I observe it his style.

I'm rating this book: 3.8 / 5.0

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Book Launch: Moymoy Lulumboy Book 6 Ang Ugat At Ang Propesiya

Inilabas noong Septiyembre 13, 2019 ang mga bagong libro ni Segundo Matias, Jr., ang pangunahing aklat niyang Moymoy Lulumboy at dalawa pang librong pambata. Ang nasabing pangunahing aklat ay ang ika-6 na libro sa serye na pinagbibidahan ni Moymoy Lulumboy. Pinamagatan itong "Ang Ugat at ang Propesiya".

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Tila naging tradisyon na ang paglabas ng bagong libro ni Moymoy Lulumboy tuwing ginaganap ang Manila International Book Fair tuwing Septiyembre ng bawat taon. Pero sa pagkakataong ito, sabay ring inilabas ng may-akda ang dalawa niya pang mga librong pambata: ito ay ang "Angelica: Ang Multo ng Balete Drive" at "Moñito: Ang Mabait na Demonyo".

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Angelica Ang Multo ng Balete Drive (front cover)

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Moñito Ang Mabait na Demonyo (front cover)

Nagkaroon ng munting pagsasalaysay sa bawat nasabing librong pambata (para sa "Angelica" at "Moñito"). At sa salaysay pa lamang ng punong-abala ay masasabi kong nakaka-aliw ang kuwento ng dalawang libro. Sa sumunod na programa, tulad ng nakagawian ay nag-presenta ang mga batang miyembro ng Philippine Educational Theater Association (PETA) ng isang maikling dula tungkol sa bagong kabanata ng Moymoy Lulumboy: Ang Ugat at ang Propesiya.

Para sa karagdagang larawang kuha noong Moymoy Lulumboy book 6 launching, bisitahin ang aming Album mula sa aming pahina sa FB:

Mabibili ang mga bagong libro ni Segundo Matias, Jr. sa major bookstores sa susunod na mga linggo. Una itong maipapakalat sa Precious Pages bookshops.

Para sa mga katanungan tungkol sa mga librong ito, bisitahin at mag-iwan ng mensahe sa Facebook page ng Precious Pages Corp. - https://www.facebook.com/PreciousPagesCorp/

Salamat! :)

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Saturday, June 29, 2019

First LGBTQ+ Pop Book Category Pride Lit Launches in the Philippines

As the 1st Filipino pop book imprint focused on advocating LGBTQ+ narratives, Pride Lit stands strong as an extraordinary source of inspiration and entertainment to book readers of all kinds.

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Pride Lit Press Conference last June 28, 2019
Photo Credit: Gabi Na Naman Prod.

Be that as it may, more than showing us the acceptance and the value of appreciation, the label has been exceptionally consistent in making a protected space for underrepresented voices to prosper and share their stories, regardless of whether it's about discovering love in numerous forms and shapes or finding one's sexual awakening with fleeting moments of kilig.

Currently celebrating its 3rd year in the publishing industry, Pride Lit is releasing 5 one of a kind titles from its list of seasoned and regarded authors and contributors. From Alex Rosas' sexual orientation swap romance, "Gay's Anatomy" to Soju's goofy dream "Ang Asul Na Buntot Ni Aquano", the new books represent diverse genres that tackle interestingly strange encounters and inventive premises. Other titles that will be released for this month include John Jack G. Wigley's "Kadenang Bahaghari", Lush Ericson's "Agustin and Ariston's Version of the Universe", and Angelica Sorreda's "Over Time".

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Showcasing Pride Lit four titles
Photo Credit: Gabi Na Naman Prod.

“Each book actually talks about different emotions, experiences and were written differently,” Pride Lit Brand Manager Aiko Clarizza Buduan-Salazar points out.
“The upcoming new titles will open readers’ minds on the fresh possibilities of storytelling.” True to its vision, Pride Lit steps up its game by ensuring LGBTQ+ characters and its allies could be prominent figures in pop culture narratives, and serve as an inspiration to the LGBTQ+ community whose vibrant lives are worth telling, and are now everyone’s stories.
“We plan to release more books and become a staple in the community,” Salazar said.
“Aside from providing feel-good stories and erotic stories too, we plan to become more reachable to our target market and community.”

Stay updated with Pride Lit books, visit and like their Facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/PrideLit/

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