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One of the most ruthless villains in the history of the Marvel Universe, the fan-favorite Carnage, gets the Ultimate treatment! And though young Peter Parker has proven himself time and time again on the field of battle, can even he hope to defeat this heartless killing machine? Collecting: Ultimate Spider-Man 60-65


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One of the most ruthless villains in the history of the Marvel Universe, the fan-favorite Carnage, gets the Ultimate treatment! And though young Peter Parker has proven himself time and time again on the field of battle, can even he hope to defeat this heartless killing machine? Collecting: Ultimate Spider-Man 60-65

30 review for Ultimate Spider-Man, Volume 11: Carnage

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    Warning: there be spoilers below, if you care about that sort of thing. Curt Conners (aka The Lizard, although his scaly alter-ego doesn't put in an appearance in this one) and his lab assistant Ben Reilly (no, not Peter's clone; this is a totally different Ben Reilly) decide to start messing around with Conners' lizardy DNA, Peter's spidery DNA and the Venom suit technology (Venom isn't an alien in this universe, just the result of a scientific experiment). In the best tradition of comicbook scie Warning: there be spoilers below, if you care about that sort of thing. Curt Conners (aka The Lizard, although his scaly alter-ego doesn't put in an appearance in this one) and his lab assistant Ben Reilly (no, not Peter's clone; this is a totally different Ben Reilly) decide to start messing around with Conners' lizardy DNA, Peter's spidery DNA and the Venom suit technology (Venom isn't an alien in this universe, just the result of a scientific experiment). In the best tradition of comicbook science, they combination of these elements creates a semi-sentient killing machine that bears a very close resemblance to Carnage, although they never actually refer to it by that name (except in the title of the story). One of the people this creature kills is somebody very close to Peter. You can have three guesses who it is, but the first two don't count. The main Carnage story is pretty standard B-movie horror type stuff but the aftermath? Man... the aftermath was pretty powerful.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This one is kind of dark. Dr. Connor starts messing around and splices Peter's DNA with his DNA, and ends up inadvertently creating Carnage. Unfortunately, when Carnage goes looking for Parker, he finds Gwen Stacy. Peter blames himself for Gwen's death, and decides to give up being Spider-Man. This one is kind of dark. Dr. Connor starts messing around and splices Peter's DNA with his DNA, and ends up inadvertently creating Carnage. Unfortunately, when Carnage goes looking for Parker, he finds Gwen Stacy. Peter blames himself for Gwen's death, and decides to give up being Spider-Man.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sesana

    A bit more mixed than some of the previous volumes, I admit. Carnage itself... Well, I've said that I'm not huge on main universe Spider-Man, so I honestly have no point of comparison or really any vested interest in how the Ultimate version shows up. That said, I was kind of underwhelmed. And it seemed to be over so fast. That said, the way that (view spoiler)[Gwen's death (hide spoiler)] was handled was realistic and effective. But like I keep saying, Bendis really excels at the out-of-costume A bit more mixed than some of the previous volumes, I admit. Carnage itself... Well, I've said that I'm not huge on main universe Spider-Man, so I honestly have no point of comparison or really any vested interest in how the Ultimate version shows up. That said, I was kind of underwhelmed. And it seemed to be over so fast. That said, the way that (view spoiler)[Gwen's death (hide spoiler)] was handled was realistic and effective. But like I keep saying, Bendis really excels at the out-of-costume parts of Peter's life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Frédéric

    One of the main supporting cast dies here. I reckon I should feel something but no, I simply don’t. Partly because I never really did appreciate the character to start with but mainly because Mark Bagley’s art sucks so much it drains out any emotion from the plot. It’s so... bland. Bagley does the tour de force to draw cartoony characters with about as much expression as a photonovel. Any silent closed-up face panel, supposedly meaningful, looks dull and flat and empty. Any supposed emotional sc One of the main supporting cast dies here. I reckon I should feel something but no, I simply don’t. Partly because I never really did appreciate the character to start with but mainly because Mark Bagley’s art sucks so much it drains out any emotion from the plot. It’s so... bland. Bagley does the tour de force to draw cartoony characters with about as much expression as a photonovel. Any silent closed-up face panel, supposedly meaningful, looks dull and flat and empty. Any supposed emotional scene, teary or scary or whatever, looks like lifeless cartoons with too big eyes, expressing nothing or faked/overplayed emotions. This total absence of talent just killed the character a second time.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sina Tavoosi

    Bendis went crazy here and it was awesome. Mark Bagley's art is sensational. A shockingly good piece of Spider-Man. Bendis went crazy here and it was awesome. Mark Bagley's art is sensational. A shockingly good piece of Spider-Man.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Adam Stone

    In the regular Marvel Universe, Carnage is mainly a cheap knock-off Venom story that was designed to sell more comics, and it sort of worked, even though there are very few people who have a fondness for the character. Now, those people who do have a fondness, LOVE them some Carnage comics, so I'm glad they exist for that particular cultbase. I was so impressed with the way that Bendis reimagined Venom for the Ultimate Univese, that I was excited to see what he did with Carnage. I felt let down. Th In the regular Marvel Universe, Carnage is mainly a cheap knock-off Venom story that was designed to sell more comics, and it sort of worked, even though there are very few people who have a fondness for the character. Now, those people who do have a fondness, LOVE them some Carnage comics, so I'm glad they exist for that particular cultbase. I was so impressed with the way that Bendis reimagined Venom for the Ultimate Univese, that I was excited to see what he did with Carnage. I felt let down. The difference between the Venom storyline and the Carnage storyline is the difference between The Science Fiction Channel and Syfy. I can see the devolution from one to the other, imagine that there are some people who might enjoy it, but it's so substandard to me that I wish it didn't exist in the same chronology that I'm enjoying. Even Bagley's art seems deteriorated here. As though both ceators had grown tired at the same time, and were just meeting deadlines on a project that didn't excite them. There's no urgency to the story, and the conceit of Carnage is silly in a different way than the pevious Ultimate Spider-Man conceits were silly. It's not unreadably bad. It's just the largest disappointment, so far, in Bendis's mostly fantastic Ultimate run. There's also An Important Plot Character Development in this volume, and it felt unimpactful due to how uninteresting the villain behind it is.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Wing Kee

    Heavy and emotional but flawed. Well this arc was huge. It shook me to the core but it's not perfect the villain...terrible. World: The art you know how I feel. Not a fan. The world building is strong, not the focus this arc but it's definitely well crafted. Sets the stage for good emotional storytelling. Story: One part emotional tour DE force and one part terrible boring villain. The Conners story was telegraphed a mile away and nothing of that story was interesting. This version of Carnage is Heavy and emotional but flawed. Well this arc was huge. It shook me to the core but it's not perfect the villain...terrible. World: The art you know how I feel. Not a fan. The world building is strong, not the focus this arc but it's definitely well crafted. Sets the stage for good emotional storytelling. Story: One part emotional tour DE force and one part terrible boring villain. The Conners story was telegraphed a mile away and nothing of that story was interesting. This version of Carnage is not good it's just not fun. However that being said, as a plot device for what goes down and also what emotionally it represents it's good. However we never get enough of it for this Carnage to be completely well and fully formed. Of course the big thing is the big thing and it is done well and really huge and world changing. Good for Bendis on that part. Characters: Peter is great, MJ is great and Gwen is great. The quiet moments are wonderful and gave us great drama. The same cannot be said for Conners and Carnage. Conners was a cliche and Carnage never really got a chance to b fully develope. Good and weak. It was a good arc because of the emotions and the thing. But the main story was fairly meh. Onward to the next book!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd

    Another great chapter of the newly revitalized Spider-Man that was the flagship title for the Ultimate Marvel Universe. This one gives another very interesting origin story to a fan favorite villain that's wholly different from regular Marvel continuity. That villain is the titular Carnage, a villain that was wildly popular in the regular Marvel U and, as I said, has a really interesting start in the Ultimate Marvel universe in this volume. The volume also takes other classic Spider-Man turning po Another great chapter of the newly revitalized Spider-Man that was the flagship title for the Ultimate Marvel Universe. This one gives another very interesting origin story to a fan favorite villain that's wholly different from regular Marvel continuity. That villain is the titular Carnage, a villain that was wildly popular in the regular Marvel U and, as I said, has a really interesting start in the Ultimate Marvel universe in this volume. The volume also takes other classic Spider-Man turning point events and puts the Ultimate spin on them. (You think I'm gonna tell you which ones? Not a chance! You gotta read these!) Other than that, it's the awesome series we've come to expect from Bendis, Bagley, and co. You can get impressions of my thoughts by reading my reviews of earlier volumes of the series.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennavier

    Well my friends, let this be a lesson to you. Never have a favorite character in a superhero comic! They are just going to die. Considering everyone dies in these things I'm trying not to be sensitive about it. That being said, the relationships is my favorite thing about this series. I love watching the characters grow together. A special favorite was getting to see Peter and Doc Conners bond. It was such a bittersweet element but totally worth it. I hope they bring that, or something similar, Well my friends, let this be a lesson to you. Never have a favorite character in a superhero comic! They are just going to die. Considering everyone dies in these things I'm trying not to be sensitive about it. That being said, the relationships is my favorite thing about this series. I love watching the characters grow together. A special favorite was getting to see Peter and Doc Conners bond. It was such a bittersweet element but totally worth it. I hope they bring that, or something similar, into the series. It reminds the reader that Peter is just a kid who has to take on responsibilities way bigger then he is.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nicky

    Interesting volume! I loved the stuff with Dr Connor and so on, and obviously there's going to be more with this monster, Carnage, since there was that bit with the lab assistant... I'm getting a bit tired of Peter's flip-flopping on the issue of being Spider-man. I'm starting not to really feel it anymore -- I can understand it, but I just feel... some of his boypain is really annoying. "They're portraying me badly in the media"? It's not that I don't get his frustration, but if he was just a bi Interesting volume! I loved the stuff with Dr Connor and so on, and obviously there's going to be more with this monster, Carnage, since there was that bit with the lab assistant... I'm getting a bit tired of Peter's flip-flopping on the issue of being Spider-man. I'm starting not to really feel it anymore -- I can understand it, but I just feel... some of his boypain is really annoying. "They're portraying me badly in the media"? It's not that I don't get his frustration, but if he was just a bit smarter about some stuff... I don't know. He's still adorable and silly, though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Joe

    This is what Spider-Man should be... just a great read.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sebastian

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I really like ultimate Spider-Man up until this arc. They kill off gwen stacy for no reason other than oh “random things happen” and they couldn’t think of anything better to do with her so why not turn her into a guilt trip? Freaking lame considering the character had a lot of potential and I almost just don’t see the point in all the development and time she’d been given before to be thrown away like so much rubbish. Carnage is one of my favorite characters and he’s not even kassady in this, h I really like ultimate Spider-Man up until this arc. They kill off gwen stacy for no reason other than oh “random things happen” and they couldn’t think of anything better to do with her so why not turn her into a guilt trip? Freaking lame considering the character had a lot of potential and I almost just don’t see the point in all the development and time she’d been given before to be thrown away like so much rubbish. Carnage is one of my favorite characters and he’s not even kassady in this, he’s just a generic symboite that curt connors accidentally made fucking around with peter’s dna. I remember reading this as a kid and being disappointed with what they did with the carnage character and even re reading it now years later it still sucks and just comes across as lazy. I guess in the time period this came out people weren’t as into carnage or maybe comic fans were burnt out because of over exposure from the 90s so it’s kind of understandable but for anyone looking for a good carnage story this isn’t it. The most sympathetic person in this whole arc is connors who is being cucked by his wife because idek i guess because he turned into a lizard? Remember og Spider-Man when his wife was still loyal to him the whole time and wanted to make sure he was ok? There’s a lot of weird cucking themes in the ultimate universe (see Betty brant and hulk, dr octopus and his wife) which is kind of weird considering it’s a “kids comic” but whatever. Anyway pretty disappointing arc and the first genuinely bad one bendis had done in this series at that point.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jack Herbert Christal Gattanella

    When Peter goes to Dr Connors to get stitched up after a bad scrape, he happens to unintentionally give that one armed doofus a sample of his blood. Peter (somewhat reluctantly) gives his permission so Connors can do an experiment...which leads to a mutant WTF hybrid also called (the cover tells me) Carnage - a biant blob with (yeah) some of the facial features of Venom, who sucks people dry because he looks like a crazy ass combo of Peter, Connors, but most of all Peter's dad. And then there's When Peter goes to Dr Connors to get stitched up after a bad scrape, he happens to unintentionally give that one armed doofus a sample of his blood. Peter (somewhat reluctantly) gives his permission so Connors can do an experiment...which leads to a mutant WTF hybrid also called (the cover tells me) Carnage - a biant blob with (yeah) some of the facial features of Venom, who sucks people dry because he looks like a crazy ass combo of Peter, Connors, but most of all Peter's dad. And then there's a thing with Gwen Stacy too... Subverting expectations? Guess ill have to keep reading to find out what happens next. What one comes to expect from this series, the intense and impactful soap opera turns (plus a good down to earth convo between MJ and Gwen, their first since the latter found out about the best/worst kept secret in Queens), but it also works because it ends on a glorious monologue about bullies and what they do to the world (re: Flash Thompson being the future, uh, lets see, Supreme Court Justice, ah, got it... Also, s**t). It elevates quick moving melodrama pulp into something of substance, a real gift Bendis has. Kind of. 4.25 to 4.5 out of 5, since these things are important to distinguish.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Fellipe Moscardini

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This review has a BIG spoiler! Before reading issue 60-65 I was expecting to get a new version of Cletus Kasady as Carnage wrecking havoc in New York and messing with Spidey’s life. Well, I was so wrong...There is no Cletus Kasady here, folks. And don’t expect to find Carnage here, too. There a lot of carnage, but no Carnage (What a horrible joke... I’m ashamed of myself). This is one of the strongest arcs so far. It has a big twist on the Carnage character. As I mentioned, there is no Cletus This review has a BIG spoiler! Before reading issue 60-65 I was expecting to get a new version of Cletus Kasady as Carnage wrecking havoc in New York and messing with Spidey’s life. Well, I was so wrong...There is no Cletus Kasady here, folks. And don’t expect to find Carnage here, too. There a lot of carnage, but no Carnage (What a horrible joke... I’m ashamed of myself). This is one of the strongest arcs so far. It has a big twist on the Carnage character. As I mentioned, there is no Cletus Kasady, so instead we get a sentient symbiote creature that goes around murdering people by draining the lives out of them. It just happens that one of these people is... Gwen Stacey. Look, I know people aren’t very fond of Gwen’s depiction in the Ultimate universe, but I thought she was cool. Didn’t love the character, but didn’t hate her as well. Her death, though, was a shock to me. That totally came out of left field. Ah, and Issue 65, in particular, is truly amazing. I am so anxious to find out what’s happening next. I just hope that Gwen stays dead and that they don’t find a way to bring her back, otherwise her death is pointless. Crossing my fingers! 4.5/5 stars

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aaron Maurer

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This is my first rodeo in Marvel so discovering all these villians and characters has been wonderful. I am aware of Venom and Carnage from my youth so it was great to finally read about Carnage. This storyline left me numb as I had to stop reading for a bit to process what I read. I just could not believe it! and It shows great writing and parts to all of these characters as humans trying to navigate the world. It is what we can all relate too despite not having creatures like Carnage roaming aro This is my first rodeo in Marvel so discovering all these villians and characters has been wonderful. I am aware of Venom and Carnage from my youth so it was great to finally read about Carnage. This storyline left me numb as I had to stop reading for a bit to process what I read. I just could not believe it! and It shows great writing and parts to all of these characters as humans trying to navigate the world. It is what we can all relate too despite not having creatures like Carnage roaming around. Now, with that being said, I just don't understand how Carnage can be destroying so quickly and easily. This seems like a villain that would prove almost impossible to stop and as quickly as it formed, it was destroyed. I have read enough comics in this series by now to realize nobody is every completely gone, but man I wish this storyline last a bit more. However, this series grabbed my heartstrings and will definitely impact future issues.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Mark Pettit

    Wow. I have not encountered Carnage before. That was way more intense than I had expected, after the first ten volumes of Ultimate Spider-Man. A character dies that I TOTALLY did not see coming. And the decision a Peter makes at the end really feels momentous. Given that this is Ultimate Marvel, I honestly don't know whether or not it's permanent. Given that Ultimate is its own "universe," things like the character's death and Peter's decision at the end of the book seem like they could be a perm Wow. I have not encountered Carnage before. That was way more intense than I had expected, after the first ten volumes of Ultimate Spider-Man. A character dies that I TOTALLY did not see coming. And the decision a Peter makes at the end really feels momentous. Given that this is Ultimate Marvel, I honestly don't know whether or not it's permanent. Given that Ultimate is its own "universe," things like the character's death and Peter's decision at the end of the book seem like they could be a permanent, and that is really emotionally weighty. I have honestly not been as shocked by a character's death in comics as I have by this one. I don't care that much for the art in this book. I find it very hard to tell people apart sometimes. I don't find the depiction of high-school-age girls either very attractive or consistent. But the writing was a punch in the gut. Amazing.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Henry Blackwood

    What a breath of fresh air after the last disaster I read. This Bendis run is just too tidy. This is a really really interesting retelling of the Carnage origin mixed with another big complication that I didn’t know would happen or not in this universe. I think it worked perfectly. Using Curt Conners in this retelling is such a great reuse of an old and stale character. I just can’t stop gushing over how good it is to read a story so tidy for such an extended period of time. I’m on the 11th trade What a breath of fresh air after the last disaster I read. This Bendis run is just too tidy. This is a really really interesting retelling of the Carnage origin mixed with another big complication that I didn’t know would happen or not in this universe. I think it worked perfectly. Using Curt Conners in this retelling is such a great reuse of an old and stale character. I just can’t stop gushing over how good it is to read a story so tidy for such an extended period of time. I’m on the 11th trade of this and it still feels like there’s lots of story left to tell which is insane!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mike Ezepchick

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I don’t really know much of the Carnage character, but this origin seemed pretty weak. The storyline was rushed and there wasn’t even a satisfying ending. Just a disappointing storyline for a huge character. The death of Gwen Stacy was completely unexpected though and really did make me feel sad - a testament to how well her character worked. I’m hoping she comes back somehow but doesn’t seem like there would be a legit way to do so. I also liked how that made Peter question being Spider-Man too I don’t really know much of the Carnage character, but this origin seemed pretty weak. The storyline was rushed and there wasn’t even a satisfying ending. Just a disappointing storyline for a huge character. The death of Gwen Stacy was completely unexpected though and really did make me feel sad - a testament to how well her character worked. I’m hoping she comes back somehow but doesn’t seem like there would be a legit way to do so. I also liked how that made Peter question being Spider-Man too, that felt like a genuine response to the situation.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Marloges

    Thought I would enjoy the first appearance of Carnage more than I end up doing... I dunno, even though the whole thing ended up being pretty emotionally damaging for Peter I thought the arc felt a bit rushed and inconsequential in the end. The way he got rid of Carnage felt a bit too convenient to me. I'm sure the villian is going to return, but the whole Curt Conners thing felt a bit lazy. Thought I would enjoy the first appearance of Carnage more than I end up doing... I dunno, even though the whole thing ended up being pretty emotionally damaging for Peter I thought the arc felt a bit rushed and inconsequential in the end. The way he got rid of Carnage felt a bit too convenient to me. I'm sure the villian is going to return, but the whole Curt Conners thing felt a bit lazy.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tass

    This was an amazing volume for me. The decisions, consequences, angst, and denial were fairly predicable, but good. That reveal though!!! I audibly gasped and just stared at the full page splash. I did NOT see that coming. Chills! Five stars!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Noah

    Another absolute knock-out volume of Ultimate Spider-Man. This run seems to have a great sense of time, long and short. This combined with a blend of story and action is too good. I sound like a broken record at this point, but I keep getting surprised by the quality here.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Deshawn Vasquez

    Much like the Venom storyline, it feels oddly short-lived and resolved a little too easily, but the circumstances surrounding the creation of Carnage and the consequences of its creation is the real heart of the story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Anna Catherman

    Wow...didn't see this one coming. Took a heavier and darker tone than the series has in a while, which wasn't all bad, but all the same wasn't my favorite, either. (view spoiler)[Gwen's death (hide spoiler)] really felt like it came out of left field. Wow...didn't see this one coming. Took a heavier and darker tone than the series has in a while, which wasn't all bad, but all the same wasn't my favorite, either. (view spoiler)[Gwen's death (hide spoiler)] really felt like it came out of left field.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kenneth

    Peter suffers the loss of a friend at the hands of Carnage.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sourour

    oh no... And I must say, that thing is the most powerful creature in this Ultimate Spider-Man universe to date...

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zelly B.

    My favourite Spidey series of all time. This is actually a (2x) re-read of the entire series.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Peter Zackowski

    ooo, you devil you. Bendis you surprised the hell outta me on this one. hazza!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Frans Kempe

    Spider-man goes up against Carnage that goes after Gwen

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Brown

    A devastating comic in that Peter loses someone close to him and a mentor in Doc Connors. https://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/201... A devastating comic in that Peter loses someone close to him and a mentor in Doc Connors. https://nicolewbrown.blogspot.com/201...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ellie Grace

    This one is really sad. But I love this series and it is definitely worth reading.

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