Issue(s): Spider-Man #36
Hilariously, Firestar thinks leaning on JJ to publish the article means that they're reducing themselves to the same tactics as Carnage. Uh, no. Unless you're chopping people to bits, you're not using his tactics.
For those interested in Carnage's backstory, we learn that he was picked on as a child and beaten by an administrator (or some adult) at the orphanage. I'm actually surprised that Marvel decided to go this route with him. The whole point of Carnage is that he's irredeemably evil, unlike even Venom. Showing that he had a troubled childhood - besides being beyond cliche at this point - suggests that Carnage does have a reason for being the way he is, and even that he might be 'cured'. This ties into the conclusion of this story, but as we'll see it will turn out to be a false lead.
Meanwhile, hell, let's add another character to the mix here. Here's Iron Fist rescuing Deathlok, although based on that word salad dialogue i think he ought to just go lie down for a while.
The main development that comes out of Round Six of the fighting in this issue is that Carnage turns out to be immune to the sonics that, as a symbiote, he used to be vulnerable to. Earlier in this story it was mentioned that Carnage no longer had the symbiote and he was just mimicking those powers with a mutated metabolism. I didn't quite believe it, but i guess this is proof. Firestar's powers still work on him, though.
With Carnage weakened, Venom moves in for the kill, but Spider-man stops him and, thanks to a smack from Shriek, Carnage recovers.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: This is part eight of Maximum Carnage. Part nine is in Spectacular Spider-Man #202.
Crossover: Maximum Carnage
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Inbound References (2): showAunt May, Ben Urich, Black Cat, Carnage Symbiote, Carrion II, Cletus Kasady (Carnage), Cloak, Deathlok (Michael Collins), Demogoblin, Doppelganger, Eddie Brock (Venom), Firestar, Flash Thompson, Iron Fist, J. Jonah Jameson, Liz Allan, Mary Jane Watson, Mary Parker Duplicate, Molten Man, Morbius, Normie Osborn, Richard Parker Duplicate, Shriek, Spider-Man, Venom Symbiote
The status of Carnage's symbiote around this time was tricky. During Maximum Carnage and a little bit after they were going with the explanation that the symbiote was dead and had mutated Kasady's blood to give him "Carnage" powers. This was also why he was no longer weak to sonic weapons.
Later on they inexplicably brought the Carnage symbiote back and said it was just hiding out in Kasady's bloodstream the whole time.
Posted by: Red Comet | October 26, 2016 3:00 PM
"Hilariously, Firestar thinks leaning on JJ to publish the article means that they're reducing themselves to the same tactics as Carnage. Uh, no. Unless you're chopping people to bits, you're not using his tactics"
Posted by: Michael | October 26, 2016 7:57 PM
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