Spider-Man: Carnage In New York Review

After stopping what he thought was a scientist being mugged down an alley, Spider-Man is forced to stop one of his most deadly foes from destroying his city and unleashing a new danger on the world.

Before I get too far, consider this your ***Official Spoiler Warning***

1st and foremost, look at that damn cover, man.
That’s a thing of beauty!

But getting into it, I gotta say, on paper this novel has all of the ingredients of a perfect Spider-Man story.
You have your villain storyline, you have your personal dilemma story, and you have a storyline of Jonah being a bombastic skin flint and looking for publicity and attention.
What could go wrong?
Well, to be honest, not much.

Early on I had an issue with how much they beat the drum about Cletus Kasady/Carnage being such a crazy and dangerous killer.
Over and over to the point that I literally said out loud “for fuck sake, I get it! He’s an evil asshole!”, and that sort of continues through the rest of book.
It’s annoying for sure, but I guess it’s there to remind you why he keeps doing the purely evil and chaotic crap he does.

Moving onto the good stuff, Pete mistaking 2 Federal Agents trying to stop a Scientist who broke out of a research lab with a fluid that causes homicidal rage in people with just a drop for muggers is perfectly Spider-Man.
That Scientist, while trying to destroy that same liquid, breaks into an abandoned school where the government is trying to separate Kasady from the Carnage symbiote and unwittingly helps Carnage escape from custody and is tortured until he gives up the serum and the secret behind it.
Which gives Pete/Spidey his mission, and the main reason why he isn’t able to help Aunt May keep her house, our personal story thread.

The blend of storylines is damn good here, woven so well.
JJJ is holding an event in Central Park for the homeless that is little more than a publicity stunt for the rich folks of NYC to get some good press.
And Spider-Man and Carnage’s final battle takes place there, after Carnage murders a pre-event party.

The battle scenes are wonderfully written and easy to visualize.
I always wonder when reading a novel with two authors who wrote what, but in this case I really don’t care because it was all just fun.
Some of the 20 illustrations are a bit wonky, but I think that may be the fault of the inker and not the artist because it’s mostly to do with awkward shading.

The final little bit I want to mention is the ending.
Without spoiling it, it is pretty damn uplifting and heartwarming.
While Spidey is fighting Carnage, getting his ass kicked for the most part, MJ ends up helping out in a big bad way.
Pete, having defeated Carnage, but still beaten and dejected, gets home to a surprise and she tells him that on some level she understands what he does when he’s suited up.
It’s a great way to end after the craziness of everything else.

This is among the 1st of these Marvel novels from the 90’s that I’ve actually read, and now I’m excited to read the other 11 I have and track down and read all of the rest.
I highly recommend you all check this out.
Hopefully I’ll be getting to the sequel, Spider-Man: Goblin’s Revenge, sooner rather than later.

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Episode 034: The Over Eager Creeper

DIG012514_1._SX312_QL80_TTD_In this episode, the fellas get ‘atingly and go all up into some Spider-Man talk!

Doom nearly crashes and burns with a Joke Corner story but drunkenly saves it at the last minute from total ruin, then Fitz killed an old lady by proxy of her legendary husband, before the talk PPTSS-M and Bluish Gold X-Men.

Oh yeah, Doom’s computer was acting all derpy again and they lost a good chunk of the show, but when it comes back they’re in the middle of some Kraven’s Last Hunt talk.

Doom blew that Ryan Reynolds movie Buried in the process.

Anyway, I’m rambling, enjoy the show!

Spoilers! Spoilers suck!

URL: Episode 034: The Over Eager Creeper!
Direct Download: tnb034.mp3
YouTube: https://youtu.be/hr3gbgVuUwg

Episode 033.5: My Grandma Wore Pants Like That

marisatomeiIn this episode, the fellas swing down the road to a theater for a screening of the Spidery-Man movie!

Arriving early to the theater, they head to a comic shop then kill time by talking about Civil War again, Holidaze again…but before you hear it for the 1st time, and then a comic signing they definitely are not going too maybe…probably…possibly…

Then they give you their spoiler filled reactions and discuss 70’s slacks, granny asses, and just how Amazingly, Spectacularly, Sensationally, and flat out Friendly Neighborhoodly great Spider-Man: Homecoming truly is.

URL: Episode 033.5: My Grandma Wore Pants Like That
Direct Download: tnb033_5.mp3
YouTube: https://youtu.be/KljlpSXYkOU

Episode 024: Celebrity Death Touch

apolloexperimentIn this episode, Fitz is a boiling inferno of rage after taking the family out for a night at the theater! Listen in as a man seethes for a full 2 hours.

After a special intro and Joke Corner, Doom does a live performance of the theme for their new segment…a segment that is so new Fitz doesn’t even know about it.

Fitz goes on a buying spree and they discuss the bumper crop of movies he’s procured. The next (final?) chapter of the Bat-Verse story drops, then get ready for lots of laughs as the fellas inch ever closer to the 1st birthday of this whole Nerd Blitz thing!

URL: Episode 024: Celebrity Death Touch
Direct Download: tnb024.mp3
YouTube: https://youtu.be/Ol4d2V6ixvM

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