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5.0 out of 5 stars History is Made, 28 Nov 2003
This review is from: Spider-Man: Carnage (Marvel Comics) (Paperback)
This is where it all began. Ever since his first appearance, Carnage has cemented his position as one of the greatest in Spider-Man's rogues gallery. I'm not giving this book 5 stars just because it's Carnage's first ever appearance, I'm rating it so highly because it's one of the best stories I've ever read.
After being separated from the alien symbiote that was once bonded with Spidey, Eddie Brock (the human half of Venom), is in prison, sharing his cell with serial killer, Cletus Kasady. One night, the symbiote returns and bonds with Brock again. Venom escapes from prison but not before leaving a little souvenir behind. A spawn off his costume that bonds with Kasady.
Carnage is born and a mass slaughter ensues. Spider-Man knows that he alone can't stop the deadliest enemy he has ever encountered. So he has to turn to help. And to make matters worse, the only help...is Venom.
This is truly an awesome story. It's got everything. Flawless story, amazing fights, beautiful interaction and magnificent characterisation. This graphic novel is proof that classic stories are always the most beautifully written. The story mainly focuses on the three main characters and it does a very good job in doing so.
Spider-Man is brilliant in this. He always has a great sense of responsibility and it's no exception here. The web-slinger has always felt responsible for the fact that he played a huge role in Venom's creation. He knows that if he hadn't bought the symbiote to Earth in the first place, this whole affair would never have happened. And he feels even guiltier knowing that he's also to blame for Carnage's creation as well. It's also brilliant to see him turn to one of his greatest enemies for help when no other option is available, knowing that desperate times call for desperate measures.
Venom has always been one of the most intriguing characters in the Marvel Universe. Despite the fact that he's a homicidal and ruthless killer, he has a twisted sense of responsibility that makes him want to protect innocents which is one of the many things about him that makes him such an awesome character. It's brilliant to see him also take responsibility for Carnage's actions and play the role of a hero.
Carnage's debut could not have been handled better. He instantly proves that he's not a cheap rip-off of Venom as well as proving how superior he is to the wall-crawler and the Lethal Protector. Unlike his "father", Carnage doesn't care. He doesn't care at all what you've done or how important you are, he slaughters just for his own amusement. A unique personality that makes him one of the greatest and most entertaining villains ever created.
I love the Spider-Man/Venom team-up. They hate each other and it shows. They constantly bicker and fight throughout the story but it's brilliant to see them working together and their willingness to put their differences aside for the greater good.
All of the battles between Spider-Man, Venom and Carnage are simply spectacular. They're beautifully illustrated thanks to the immeasurable talents of Mark Bagley. The art is vintage Mark Bagley. It's not as impressive as his godlike work in Ultimate Spider-Man and the later issues of his run on Amazing Spider-Man but it still ranks amongst the finest art you're ever likely to see. And the fact that it's classic.
The writing is awesome, all thanks to David Michelinie. This is an all time classic and is proof that his run on Amazing Spider-Man was a highly successful one. He wrote some of the greatest Spider-Man stories ever told and that includes this one.
Spider-Man: Carnage is easily one of the top ten greatest Spider-Man stories of all time. It's a classic, it features the origin of one of the greatest villains of all time, beautiful story telling, top-notch action and an introduction to how the idea of Venom and Carnage came about, courtesy of David Michelinie. This story sold out without any advertising or publicity whatsoever and after reading it, it's not hard to see why.
It is THAT good.
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