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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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Reseña de Luis Javier Capote Pérez para Zona Negativa:
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Si pasada la primera decena de entregas la colección Obras maestras empezó a introducir la recopilación de sagas que no eran especialmente memorables, al alcanzar la veintena empezó a dar pábulo a historias cuya calidad era bastante más baja. Matanza Máxima es probablemente el principal y mejor ejemplo de aventura olvidable que recibió el inmerecido título de “obra maestra” por recopilarse en una cabece
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Brentonius
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Tommy
Carnage is such an awesome villain and this is basically his quintessential volume. It has Spider Man and Venom (among many others) on one side and Carnage, Shriek and several others.

Not only is the story great and the art good but you get to see a clashing of philosophies and world views play out. Spider Man has always been good for stuff like that but the juxtaposition of him, Venom, and Carnage is really interesting.

I love how Marvel does 3 sided conflicts like that (and sometimes more). They
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Marcel Monpatron
This has everything wrong with 90s comics in it, save for Rob Liefeld and a zillion pouches.

"Edgy" villain characterization consists of repeating how much they like to kill, MJ is just the standard disabling bitch you've seen in a million other stories...

And the art... The Sal Buscema issues combine the worst of Sal, freewheeling, while adding the worst of Romita JR-isms. Also mullets, and cleavage that actually goes below the navel.

Marvel cynically pandering to an audience they most likely did
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Dean liapis
Bought this for a long flight, and nostalgia. This book kinda sucks, mainly for the writing. Taking the time period into account, the characters all speak exactly the same, like they are some kind of thespians.
"And I will unleash the awesome power of my ebon void upon you vile, diabolical villains!"
Everyone, even Venom, speaks this way, except carnage, who makes stupid rhymes all the time that are ridiculously childish. I realize it's a comic, but it's way over the top. Cloak is the worst, which
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Allen
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
Lloyd
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'
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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
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Guillermo
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
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Angela
Carnage goes on the rampage and gets a gang of evil guys together. Spiderman needs help to destroy him. There's an awful lot of fights in this book, some nice cameos but mainly fights. It gets better near the end, with some good character driven moments. A good read.
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
Radityo
Classic Spider-Man story arc essential.
Oliver Hodson
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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.
Lindsey.parks
This is everything that I love about Spider-Man.
Timo
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.
Elizabeth
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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