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!

  • 1
    23 VOTES

    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!

    23 votes
  • 2
    27 VOTES

    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!

    27 votes
  • 3
    5 VOTES

    Carnage: World Tour

    Story Found In: Carnage #6-10

    Details: Following the first five issues of his eponymous series, Carnage finds himself traveling the world as he hopes to evade the team that's been on his tale. Of course, when Carnage travels, he does so in style... sort of.

    Sixteen-year-old South African, Jabulile van Scotter is all about sailing around the world, but she never planned on having a stowaway, especially not one who enjoys killing people as much as Carnage does!

    This awesome continuation of Carnage's story from Mike Perkins and Gerry Conway further fleshes out who Carnage is and what he's all about.

    5 votes
  • 4
    10 VOTES

    Carnage: The One That Got Away

    Story Found In: Carnage #1-5 & All-New, All-Different Point One #1

    Details: Carnage has long been a problem for... well, everyone. When he's on a murderous rampage, everyone gets involved, and in "The One That Got Away," Eddie Brock/Toxin and the FBI are on the case to try and trap him in an abandoned mine.

    Of course, things go completely wrong, as you might expect. The agents find themselves trapped inside the mine, and they only have Carnage for company. While that's going on, their control over Toxin is coming to an end, and there's no telling what will happen if they're still trapped when that happens in this harrowing tale!

    10 votes
  • 5
    9 VOTES

    Carnage Classic

    Story Found In: Amazing Spider-Man #361-363, 410, 430-431, Venom: Carnage Unleashed #1-4, Carnage: Mind Bomb, Carnage: It's A Wonderful Life, Sensational Spider-Man #3, Spider-Man #67, Spectacular Spider-Man #233, Peter Parker: Spider-Man #13, & Webspinners: Tales Of Spider-Man #13-14

    Details: "Classic Carnage" is everything you think it is! This collection of Carnage tales begins with the first appearance and origin of Carnage. When Venom breaks Eddie Brock out of prison, it leaves a little of itself behind, and when it finds its way into Cletus Kasady's blood, Carnage is born!

    Carnage is Spider-Man's deadliest foe to date, and he has no problem killing whoever or whatever gets in his way. Spider-Man will have to do the unthinkable and team up with Venom, one of his greatest enemies, to try and take out their greatest foe!

    9 votes
  • 6
    10 VOTES

    Venom Vs. Carnage

    Story Found In: Venom vs. Carnage #1-4

    Details: When Venom left behind a bit of itself during its breakout of Eddie Brock from prison, that small amount of symbiote found its way into the blood of a serial killer. Cletus Kasady became Carnage on that day, and the conflict between "father" and "son" has raged ever since.

    Now it's time for a new symbiote to be born, but when one comes from Carnage, there's a good chance it will be much worse. Will Carnage's "baby" be the stuff of nightmares, or will it be an instrument for good? Only time will tell when these two powerful symbiotes go head to head in Venom vs. Carnage!

    10 votes