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The Best Carnage Storylines In Comics

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Ever since Venom reunited with Eddie Brock to break him out of prison, the Marvel Universe has been the home to Carnage. Venom's first offspring that bound itself to Cletus Kasady's blood has proven to be a psychopathic murderer and the only way he was able to be brought down the first time he appeared was with the combined efforts of Spider-Man and Venom! Woody Harrelson brings the character to life in Venom: Let There Be Carnage, which might have lead you to wonder which of these are the best Carnage comic books.

Over the nearly three decades Carnage has been tearing his way through the Marvel Universe, there have been tons of comic books, great stories, graphic novels, trade paperbacks, comic book issues, story arcs, storylines, and one-shot books about Carnage, making it hard to determine which is the best of the Carnage's greatest adventures. This list attempts the impossible by narrowing the best down to the top 20. If you're looking to learn about the character, you can use this list as a Carnage reading guide.

Check out the Carnage comics listed below, and if you see your favorites, vote them up. Then check back to see which of these comics is the best the Carnage story ever told!

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    Absolute Carnage

    Story Found In: Absolute Carnage #1-5 and material from Free Comic Book Day 2019 (Spider-Man/Venom) #1

    Details: Carnage has returned, and this time, he's planning to kill absolutely everyone who ever wore a symbiote! Cletus Kasady and his favorite suit have been traveling about the Marvel Universe for months, but he's coming back to the Big Apple, and he's planning on taking a huge bite!

    Once again, Spider-Man and Venom will have to team up to take down Venom's first offspring, but he's hardly the only player on the board. Their uneasy alliance pulls a slew of other heroes into Carnage's crosshairs in what amounts to the biggest and most polarizing Carnage story in decades!

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    Maximum Carnage

    Story Found In: Amazing Spider-Man #378-380, Spectacular Spider-Man #201-203, Spider-Man #35-37, Spider-Man Unlimited #1-2, & Web Of Spider-Man #101-103

    Details: J.M. DeMatteis, David Michelinie, Tom Defalco, and Terry Kavanagh teamed up to create what is widely considered to be the greatest Carnage story ever told! This fan-favorite crossover event sees Carnage assemble an army of Spider-Man's greatest villains to spread his brand of wholesale slaughter!

    Carrion, Demogoblin, Shriek, and the Spider-Man Doppelganger are all out on the town, and they're painting it red! Everyone's Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man finds himself in need of allies. Fortunately, Black Cat, Cloak & Dagger, Firestar, Captain America, Deathlok, and even Venom are there to help take on Carnage!

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    Carnage, U.S.A.

    Story Found In: Carnage USA #1-5

    Details: For years, Cletus Kasady preferred to keep his bloodthirsty activities confined to New York City, but the Carnage has been unleashed as Spider-Man's deadliest foe finds himself traveling the nation, looking for blood!

    He's not just a problem for ole' Web-Head anymore, and the Avengers are on the case, hunting Carnage down to capture him and stop his murderous rampage. When he finds himself in America's heartland, a small town may fall to his mass-murderous spell, and everything erupts in an all-out battle that sees Carnage face off against his oldest enemy...

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    Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales

    Story Found In: Absolute Carnage: Miles Morales #1-3 and Absolute Carnage: Weapon Plus #1

    Details: When Absolute Carnage kicked off in the Marvel Universe, it impacted everyone, including the newest web-head, Miles Morales! When Miles finds himself squaring off against one of Carnage's bloodthirsty goons, his battle against Mac Gargan, aka, the Scorpion, it's only the beginning!

    Miles has to think fast, as he finds himself embroiled in the middle of a conflict that features Venom, Carnage, and all of his dark doppelgangers! Will he be able to resist the enticement of a dark symbiote, or will he sacrifice himself to save the day... Hopefully, there's another option...

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