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Product Details

  • Series: Spider-Man (Marvel)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Direct Ed edition (December 13, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785109870
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785109877
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This story is gruesome, violent and rough.
Åmund Bækken Blakar
Overall if you are a fan of Spider-man, Venom or Carnage this is a must read.
Mr Orange
In this case, it was a bit of a gut punch, as this story absolutely sucks.
Admiral Petty

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Dollak on July 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
I read the storyline when it was initially published across the Spider-man titles. I was entertained by it then, but upon re-reading the story this time, I'm much more conflicted.

The story has very little development, and it is effectively the same thing over and over - Carnage and friends go out on a killing spree, Spider-man and friends feel a need to stop it.

In a certain way, I feel like the story raises a question - when a person is dangerous enough, do they warrant a death sentence? In Spider-Man's mind, he wants to avoid killing at all costs. This is a major character trait, and confronting him with that issue is really the highlight.

I like a little bit of the interplay within Carnage's team, but otherwise, don't feel like the storyline was as great as it could be. Perhaps if there were more events than just confrontations at different locations.

On the plus side, I've always had a soft spot for Bagley's artwork, while Sal (I think that's his name) of the Spectacular Spider-Man issues has a much more interesting style than I remember. And it's very nice to have the storyline arranged in order, unlike the Infinity War book.

Worth picking up, but only if you like Carnage.
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23 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Hype Currie on January 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
published back in 1993, this was a major 'crossover' event in the various Spider-Man affiliated titles that were being published by Marvel comics in the early 1990's. The concept followed a murderous plot to terrorize the city of New York by the psychotic serial killer Kletus Kasady, aka Carnage-- a man whose body has been possessed by an alien parasite, giving him spider-man's powers combined with weapon-morphing abilities like Terminator 2's T-1000, creating blades & spikes with his hands.. Carnage forms alliances with an assortment of gruesome Spider-Man foes, including the DemoGoblin, the Doppelganger, Carrion, and others..

Spider-Man, meanwhile, reacting to the crisis, forms a loose-knit team of allies including Firestar, Captain America, Cloak & Dagger, Iron Fist, Deathlok & Nightwatch, to combat the riotous mayhem that is unleashed.. However, the last, and most reluctant ally of Spider-Man is his sworn foe, Venom-- who also possesses similar abilities given by an alien "symbiote" parasite.. Failed reporter Eddie Brock (who was embarrassed and fired after Spider-Man caught a wanted killer, "the Sin eater" and exposed a fraud posing as said killer who had given Brock an exclusive interview) was contemplating suicide in a church when the alien 'costume' (which was rejected by Spider-Man when he found out of its parasitic nature) sensed his hatred for spider-man and bonded with him, thus creating Venom-- Despite Venom's irrational hatred for Spider-Man and repeated attempts to kill him-- not to mention the maiming/and or murders of several innocents and law enforcement-- Venom fancies himself a "lethal protector" of the innocent, and grudgingly joins forces with Spider-man's band..
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By hdevonxz on July 26, 2006
Format: Paperback
The guy below me is right in a way, the story for Maximum Carnage does exist, you just have to find it. Through 14 chapters the story spreads so thin, you start to lose interest half way through. This book has lots of redeeming qualities though. Great action, good team ups, and to address the guy below me saying "unknown heroes or villians" that's crazy. Captain America, Firestar, Demogoblin, Carrrion, Blackcat, and Iron Fist unkown? You've got to be kidding. This book is worth a read, the last fight scene is great!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jacob leighty on November 9, 2014
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Maximum Carnage is the best damn thing I have ever read, but its more than the fact I love Venom and Carnage as characters, the story is great, nothing drags, the moral is pretty damn good, the heroes and villains on the list are awesome, and you can seriously feel the chaos and destruction Carnage is causing, it is a comic I will happily read over and over again. I know that with comics, there is no singular place to start, but if you at least know Spidey, Venom, and Carnage, than this is a good place to start. Now I wont act like it's perfect, some dialogue is a little clumsy, but that's just nitpicking, either way, I love this comic, and I hope you like it too.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 24, 2014
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I loved this story as a child but boy was I wrong. There's no substance here. This could've been so much better but it really just turns into a chase and fight story. Every time the groups meet up they fight, only for one group to escape and then fight later again. This happens for like 13 of the issues. It's so repetitive. Stick to the videogame.
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By Luquillo on December 17, 2014
Format: Paperback
After Carnage was defeated by Spider-Man and Venom, he was transferred to Ravencroft Institution at a doctors persistent request. She accidentally sets loose his alien symbiote which laid dormant in his bloodstream. Regaining his powers, Carnage thanks her by murdering her, and all of the patients and staff under her care except for one woman named Shriek. Together, the two set off on a murderous rampage recruiting anyone who wants to join in on the "fun". Spider-Man finds himself once again allies with Venom, along with other street level superheroes to put an end to Carnage's terror, which has turned New York into a city of chaos. -summary

Carnage was no doubt an instant smash into the pages of Spider-Man. Therefore, it was only a matter of time before the character resurfaced once again to plague the wall crawler's life; but this time he would receive some major treatment, and Marvel would tell his story through one massive 14 issue cross-over titled Maximum Carnage. The story was such a success that it would later get the video game treatment, and be featured on both the Super Nintendo and Sega Genesis as side scrolling brawlers. It's also remembered for debuting Spider-Man's fifth title called Spider-Man Unlimited. Although a major success, the story still had its problems. This trade paper back collects the entire 14 issue series, which ran through Spider-Man Unlimited 1 - 2, Amazing Spider-Man 378 - 380, Spectacular Spider-Man 201 - 203, Spider-Man 35 - 37, and Web of Spider-Man 101 - 103.

The story begins pretty much like Carnage's debut; brutal action and giving the reader a heads up on what kind of villain he is, which is a merciless killer whom treats life less than trash. Carnage goes on his reign of terror very early and the action never lets up.
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