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Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage (Spider-Man Marvel Comics)

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Carnage, the spawn of Venom, has assembled an army of Spider-Man's criminally insane adversaries to spread his message of hostility, chaos and wholesale slaughter: Carrion, Demogoblin, Shriek and the Spider-Man Doppelganger! Outmanned and overpowered, the wall-crawler must recruit his own band of super-beings to combat the rising tide of evil.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 13th 2006 by Marvel (first published 1994)
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I read this as a kid, and I remember how I felt back then. It was exciting to collect this series, the characters are enjoyable enough, but something was missing. So, many years later, I tried reading this again.

As a 30-something year old, I tried giving this another read and it's a lot worse than I remember. Mainly, it's all action sequences... one after another. Which ... could be fine, but it would need to have a compelling plot with a satisfying end. It defini...more
Very much 'of it's time' this comic book - when comics were heading, as they regularly do, into a more hard-boiled, violent direction. For that, Carnage & Venom have always been big draws in the Spider-man universe & this book delivers plenty of fights - and a barely referenced body count!! Despite that, it's pacy and generally excellently written - 1 segue into Carnage's back story does appear at a tangent & the solution is pretty arbitrary - but a cut above many books, mainly for P...more
Another one I've read as part of going through a list of the greatest Spider-Man stories... A tale of Spider-Man (and a few recruited guests) battling everyone's favorite symbiotic sickos: Venom and Carnage.

I don't know if it's the fact that I'm reading these supposed "classics" alongside Ultimate Spider-Man (which I'm really liking) or if it's just that they don't age well, but at times, this was just a burden to read. It's like a long fight scene with little depth.

Fun at times, but this won'...more
Mike Carpenter
The Spider-Man Maximum Carnage story arc was an amazing read, despite a few minor flaws that came standard with any comic that came out in the 1990’s. The story itself is actually almost of cinema quality (or at least animated straight to DVD quality, i.e. something along the lines of Batman & Superman Public Enemies). The story actually follows a thick storyline. It is more than just a bunch of bad guys who are out killing people, so now Spider-Man and his group of super friends have to st...more
Richard Barnes
Top notch comic fun!! Heroes and villains knock the snot out of each other; what more do you want?

In collected form, you have to forgive the fact that each chapter has to repeat everything that's happened so far - and as it was published in separate issues, there isn't actually that much story beyond, Carnage escapes jail, gathers bunch of nutters, goes on rampage, Spidey gathers heroes and tries to stop them.

As always, though with Spiderman, it's our hero's basic character that helps raise this...more
I was ten when the Maximum Carnage story arc began. It was also first story arc I was ever introduced in the world of graphic novels - ahem! comic books. (The second taking place a few years after with the Age of Apocalypse.)

Looking at it now, I can remember what I loved about the arc. However, it's not the same feeling I got when I was ten - go figure. It seems that the story gets too wordy - for instance, Spider-Man's internal monologue gives us the information rather than letting us come up...more
Bryan Hua
It was crap, but I read it way back when. Sort of a predecessor/precursor to the big event crossovers the other books in the Marvel line would later see
Zack! Empire
This comic was everything wonderful I love about comics, but almost everything I hate about comics. Every issue in the collection follows the same formula. The villains kill people, the hero’s show up, they fight, and somehow the villains get away with no losses on either side. It was kind of crappy.
But at the same time I loved it. It was a really fast fun read. It’s sort of like reading some junk food. You know it's bad for you but you love it anyway
Tamir Hason
Although it was okay, I guess that plots like in this series ages with the years and doesn't really fit to the present.
This was one damn long fight scene and oh too much psedo-smart-dialogue.
But some nice art in the vein of 90s superhero comics.
Again, a thing I remember liking in the 90s but now feels a bit tired.
Adam Bender
Inane, one-damn-thing-after-another storytelling. Mary Jane is super annoying. The art is a mixed bag -- Spidey, Venom and Carnage are drawn well but a lot of characters just look wrong. Skip it.
Christopher Smith
The story was well written, the characters and art were superb, one of Marvel Comic's greatest classics.
This collection is the perfect story to tell what Spider-Man is all about. A true hero!
Skynet Osiris
An spiderman classic, one of the best stories with Carnage at the center of it...
Jordan Thomas
Probably the goriest kids book I've ever read...man some of this was disturbing.
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