Comics : Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #362

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This story is part of an Arc: "Carnage"
     Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3

This story is part of a Lookback Series: Absolutely Amazing

This review was first published on: 2006.

Background...

Arrested for his crimes, Eddie Brock aka Venom was locked in a cell with savage killer Cletus Kasady. When he made his escape, the symbiote "gave birth" to a symbiote spawn which possessed Cletus. Altered by being born on Earth, the symbiote became twisted and together they became...CARNAGE! Proving too hard to handle for Spidey alone, he must now seek the help from the most unlikely of allies...Venom!

In Detail...

"Savage Alliance!"
Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 1) #362
May 1992 : SMURF 362.500 : SM Title
Summary: Spider-Man Rescues Venom
Arc: Part 2 of "Carnage"
Editor:  Danny Fingeroth
Writer:  David Michelinie
Pencils:  Mark Bagley
Inker:  Randy Emberlin
Cover Art:  Mark Bagley
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 Reprinted In: Amazing Spider-Man #362 (Silver Reprint)
 Reprinted In: Spider-Man: Carnage (TPB)
Articles: Carnage, Human Torch, Jameson, J. Jonah, Venom

Grabbing the Fantastic Four's sonic gun (and the Human Torch to baby- sit it), Spidey is flown to the island via Fantasticar where Venom currently resides, content with the falsified knowledge that he killed Spider-Man. Needless to say, Venom doesn't take it too well when he discovers Spidey alive and well and standing on his beach. Venom attacks, destroying the sonic gun and casually wipes the floor with both Spidey and the Torch until Torch manages to rig a replacement sonic gun using the Fantasticar's sound system. With Venom weakened, Spidey is able to get Venom's attention by saying innocents are in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, in New York, the Carnage killing spree continues with no rhyme or reason. Just random chaos in an effort to inspire others to follow in his path to feel the ultimate freedom as he does. On the island, Venom informs the heroes about his spawn after conferring with his alien half and theorizes Earth's atmosphere is what makes Carnage so different from other symbiotes. Venom agrees to help only if he's allowed to go free. Reluctantly, Spidey agrees.

Back in New York, Carnage returns to one of his prior crime scenes to relax and watch some TV, only to get inspiration for his next kill. Little does he know the "good guys" are back in the city and about to go after him. Torch heads back to his team after being called and Venom leads the chase, being able to sense Carnage, with Spidey behind him. They find Carnage and attack, but Carnage proves too strong for both of them combined! Throwing a baby off the building to distract his opponents, Carnage gets away.

Carnage has now learned to block Venom's connection to him, so they can't track him anymore. But, upon investigating his hideout, Spidey stumbles across a clue to Carnage's next target: J. Jonah Jameson!

In General...

A good follow-up to the first part with some nice brutal fighting thrown in. The dialogue was a little off in some places, such as Venom speaking in the first person and Spidey thinking "It's weird seeing the two of them together" when they confront Carnage, but otherwise a good story. If anything, the fight should have been a little longer and a lot more brutal. Here you have three high strength class characters and a brief 3 page fight. There was definitely an occasion for some major property damage.

Overall Rating...

Four webs. Carnage continues to take shape, an unholy alliance and all-out action. What more do you need?