Publisher: Marvel Comics
Schedule: 14 Issue Crossover
File Type: .CBR
Dates: May 1993 - Aug. 1993
Maximum Carnage is a fourteen-part crossover storyline printed in Marvel's
Spider-Man family of titles in 1993, featuring Spider-Man and Venom again
teaming up to face Venom's murderous 'child'. This arc was collected as a
trade paperback in September 1994 (ISBN 0-7851-0038-5), and a new edition
was released in January 2005 (ISBN 0-7851-0987-0). It was comparable in
depth and scope to DC Comics' company crossover Knightfall in the Batman
series of titles, so some have since criticised it for being a glorified
"style over substance" marketing tool, as many tie-in products came
attached with the series.
During the first Carnage arc, the alien symbiote that gave Eddie Brock the
power of Venom spawned a child. This creature bonded to a deranged spree
killer called Cletus Kasady, and the two began a blindly murderous path
through New York City as the monstrous Carnage. Carnage was swiftly defeated,
however, and his symbiotic suit was apparently destroyed.
The insane Kasady was jailed at Ravencroft Asylum. However, his visit was
short-lived as he revealed that the alien had mutated his blood, and he
could generate a copy of the symbiote (this was later retconned so that
the alien had survived, and bonded to his blood). Kasady escaped, freeing
other superhuman inmates and assembling a 'family' of killers around him.
They set their sights on New York.
Chapter I - Spider-Man Unlimited #1 - "Carnage Rising!"
Chapter II - Web of Spider-Man #101 - "Dark Light"
Chapter III - Amazing Spider-Man #378 - "Demons on Broadway"
Chapter IV - Spider-Man #35 - "Team Venom"
Chapter V - Spectacular Spider-Man #201 - "Over The Line!"
Chapter VI - Web of Spider-Man #102 - "Sinking Fast"
Chapter VII - Amazing Spider-Man #379 - "The Gathering Storm"
Chapter VIII - Spider-Man #36 - "Hate is in the Air"
Chapter IX - Spectacular Spider-Man #202 - "The Turning Point"
Chapter X - Web of Spider-Man #103 - "Sin City"
Chapter XI - Amazing Spider-Man #380 - "Soldiers of Hope"
Chapter XII - Spider-Man #37 - "The Light!"
Chapter XIII - Spectacular Spider-Man #203 - "War of the Heart!"
Chapter XIV - Spider-Man Unlimited #2 - "The Hatred, The Horror & The Hero!"