Spider-Man & Venom: Maximum Carnage (Genesis) review
"Maximum Carnage may not be 100% faithful to the comic's experience, but it comes as close as a sidescroller could hope."
Once upon a time, there was a man with freckles and red hair. His name was Cletus Kasady.
Cletus Kasady was not a sane man. There were a lot of things wrong with his life; didn't do well in school, abusive father, generally unliked by girls. He went through phases as he grew, but instead of wetting the bed or getting an Oedipus complex like most children, Cletusí phases had him torturing small animals and pushing his grandma down a flight of stairs. He grew up to become a sick excuse for a human being; skinning people alive, juggling their eyeballs, strangling them with their own intestines and earning a wretched place among the most infamous serial killers of all time. Cletus Kasady didn't do these things because he hated the world, he wasn't trying to make a statement and he certainly didn't view himself as god's servant. He killed people because he enjoyed killing people. That was it.
By the time he was twenty, Cletus was convicted of twenty murders. He bragged of dozens more.
Keep in mind that this was all before he gained superpowers. By bonding with an alien symbiote, Cletus received not only Spider-Man's speed, his agility and five times his strength, but he also gained the ability to transform his hands into knives, swords, axes, or whatever sharp weapon he thought would be good for evisceration. More powerful than Spider-Man and Venom combined, merciless, driven only by the insatiable desire to honor his new name: Carnage.
Spider-Man still kicked his ass.
Unfortunately, comic book policemen tend towards the stupid side, and the ones transporting the defeated Carnage were no exception; they thought a straightjacket would be enough to hold him. They were wrong. He's out, he's crazy, he's killing everything he sees, and he's brought along friends. This is how Maximum Carnage begins.
It's funny, because the storyline this comes from is one of the worst ever penned; the Maximum Carnage miniseries was fourteen issues of mindless violence and worthless cameos that shouldn't be read by anyone for any reason. But, for a beat-em-up, it fits. StillÖ
Staff review by Zack Little (August 21, 2006)
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