The Perennial Fan Favorite Collection, Back In Print 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 Black Cat, Cloak Dagger, Firestar, Captain America, Deathlok And Venom Spider Man S Worst Enemy Becomes His Uneasy Ally In The Battle To Halt Carnage S Mad Rampage But When He Finds Himself At Odds With A Number Of His Allies, Who Want To Finish Carnage And His Cronies Once And For All, Spider Man Must Decide Whether To Violate His Personal Code Of Honor To Rid The World Of Pure Evil Can The Web Slinger Find An Alternative Before It S Too Late Either Choice Carries Dire Consequences Collecting The Amazing Spider Man , Spectacular Spider Man , Spider Man , Spider Man Unlimited , Web Of Spider Man What to say HmmmSo listen You have to really like cornball Marvel shit to like this Here are some excerpts Black Cat It aint over till the cat lady springs Carnage You know what they say no pain, no reign of terror, that is The story is fast paced and fun The combat is constant The emotional beats are sometimes powerful, and sometimes they fall very, very flat.The end is a little too koombiyah for my tastes Seriously it s one of those the greatest power is love kind of deals The second act is pretty damn dark Venom is a bonefied badass Carnage and Shriek are awesome characters imagine an angrier and powerful version of Joker and Harley Quinn Also, for some reason, the Spiderman doppelg nger from Starlin s Infinity Wars is here Why shrug I dunno But there he is.Cloak and Dagger also play a large role I like them, even if Cloak looks really fuckin dumb.Now here s the weird part Marvel had this character His name is Nightwatch he randomly appeared in this story and I shit you not, he is a pound for pound ripoff of Spawn Like down to the costume and the cape that thinks for itself It s bizarre How could they think we wouldn t notice There are a couple laughs, some great fights I only recommend this for people who have a high threshold for early 90s comic book nonsense If you like serious, thought provoking, artistic shit go ahead and skip this shit show If you don t mind having some mindless fun, have at it This is one of my faverite Spider Man story arcs It action packed from beginning to end and securely places Spider Man as one of the big heroes in the Marvel universe WHERE HE SHOULD BE As good as the action is there is also a good storyline between Mary Jane Parker and Peter How he balances his life as Spider Man and his personal life has to take a back seat in this time of crisis I think there is a very powerful part in the of the book where Peter is out being the hero, but MJ is home worried and scared.The other thing that is done really well, is team Carnage is pretty united, the heroes are changing between oppersite points of views on how to deal with Carnage from their two leaders Spider Man and Venom You see both sides of the debate.Then there is how Spider Man is held in high regard by other heroes and people There is a great message of not giving up and doing better, which is what Peter Parker Spider Man has always been about before Disney devolved his character for me.Great comic collection, action packed, great story and inspirational the way comics should be. Classic cheesy 90s crossover with Spidey, Venom, Black Cat, Morbius, Cloak Dagger, Firestar, Iron Fist, Deathlok, Captain America and Spawn Nightwatch vs Carnage, Shriek, Demogoblin, Spidey s Doppleganger and CarrionSpawn that s youMaybe not best Spider Man s story ever but I had a lot of fun re reading it after years it was like watching a WWE Royal Rumble event on tv while drinking a cold beer. I m treating myself to a little Carnage I kept seeing it around in bookstores back in the day and recently here on GR and I even though I was insanely curious, I can t believe I never got around to it.The good Most of it I really enjoyed how bats t insane Carnage is and how he polarized past villains into helping out as heroes to stop the pure chaos he represented or gathering them together to get the blood flowing And it was pretty over the top Shriek pulled in the insane from Carnage and gave it to the streets of New York, boiling blood everywhere, while Carnage did whatever Carnage wanted Which was pretty damn random And all the while, Spidey teamed up with Venom and the big theme here was maybe overdone but not out of place When is too much, too much Is it sometimes valid to aim for an outright killing We know Venom believes this, but then, there s Spidey He s our conscience When HE agrees with Venom, you know it s really bad I pretty much dug every little thing about this comic until ONE LITTLE TWIST And then I was like OHHH COME OOOONNNNNNNN.Ignoring that That one little hail mary And I m NOT talking about Captain America coming to the rescue fairly early on Or Dagger That last one little thing was so outrageously meh that I wanted to tear up the funnies But I didn t I figure it would have taken an issue or two to prepare THAT right, instead of as a, oh, by the way fix grrrr OKAY, ignoring that BAD, the rest was pretty awesome and I am very glad I read it Classic Spidey.
Tom DeFalco is an American comics writer and editor, well known for his association with Marvel Comics and Spider Man.
- 336 pages
- Spider-Man: Maximum Carnage
- Tom DeFalco
- 15 February 2018 Tom DeFalco