Maximum Carnage is one of the most frequently mentioned events in Marvel history. It’s up there with the Age of Apocalypse and Planet Hulk in terms of story arc names that just stick. In a lot of ways, the coolness of the name and the suggestion that this is the defining Carnage vs. Spider-Man story sets the bar a little too high.
Nonetheless, Maximum Carnage is pure ridiculous 90’s Spider-Man. You should find this one a whole heck of a lot more understandable than The Clone Saga, though. It has a very distinct 90’s flair, which is to say you’ll encounter “who the heck?” characters such as Carrion and Demogoblin.
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Issue by Issue Comic Issue Reading Order
For anyone looking to collect back issues or read via Marvel Digital Unlimited, here’s the issue by issue order.
For those reading on Marvel Unlimited, I’ve linked to the start of each available individual series so you can bookmark this page and quickly jump to each issue.
Spider-Man Unlimited #1
Web of Spider-Man #102
The Amazing Spider-Man #379
Spectacular Spider-Man #202
Web of Spider-Man #103
The Amazing Spider-Man #380
The Spectacular Spider-Man #203
Spider-Man Unlimited #2