Punisher Max: The Complete Collection Vol. 3

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Punisher Max: The Complete Collection Vol. 3

Punisher Max: The Complete Collection Vol. 3

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August 2011 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles . Retrieved 2017-07-08. PUNISHERMAX #15". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-08-12 . Retrieved 2017-07-08.

January 2010 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles . Retrieved 2017-07-08. PUNISHERMAX #5". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-08-12 . Retrieved 2017-07-08.These stories are all brilliant on their own, but they also function well as essential components of a larger, expertly crafted narrative, and they flow very well together. What we are getting is a cohesive portrait of a complex and fascinating, fully fleshed character. PUNISHERMAX #6". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 2017-08-12 . Retrieved 2017-07-08.

In the Beginning” is classic Punisher. This story, I think, is a great introduction to Punisher comics. The set-up is great: after taking down a bunch of mobsters all at once, Frank, now well into his 50s, is captured by an old acquaintance with an offer from the CIA. Meanwhile, rival mobsters swoop in to eliminate the Punisher for good and take over New York. This story is tense, well-paced, and pretty much a perfect action thriller. Also, Lewis LaRosa does an admirable job making Frank look like a grizzled Clint Eastwood. Barracuda was a great story and pitted Castle against the big mean brute known as Barracuda. Physically outmatching in Castle in spectacular fashion, he makes for a great antagonist. Only shortcoming of this story is that there is no personal aspect of the story that gives a more emotional insight into Frank Castle/The Punisher – so it feels a bit more functional than the stories that have come before. A good read nonetheless.Garth Ennis' writing is beautiful (in a dark, gritty, and "in yer face" sort of way). I always thought there was something different about The Punisher. He's really not some spandex wearing superhero. He's more of a Death Wish meets Rambo type character. I once read somewhere that "...Wolverine and The Punisher are considered to be remnants of the Post-Vietnam War era.". And Garth Ennis said in the introduction that he saw that, "...born in the 1970's-that uncertain era when TV and movies reflected society's growing unease with itself." And He nailed it! We get three separate story arcs in this hefty volume. First up is “Born,” a story about Frank Castle in Vietnam before he became the Punisher, or, more to the point, about the beginning of the becoming.

The first 12 issues of the regular series abandon this premise fairly early on. The first arc has Micro leading a shady group to try and recruit Frank to go after Bin Laden. Frank declines. The second arc is a bit sillier with a bunch of Irish gangsters chasing a McGuffin and forgetting to be careful what they wish for. The second arc is Long Cold Dark ( Punisher Max #50-54), drawn by Howard Chaykin (#50) and Goran Parlov (#51-54). This arc follows a while after the preceding mini series, and sees the build-up to Barracuda's next meeting with the Punisher, as well as the actual clash. There are also some surprises in here, which both give Barracuda some leverage against Castle and provide new layers of depth to the characterisation of the Punisher. As the plot rolls out, it becomes clear that Ennis is pulling out all the stops towards the end of his run, and delivers at his finest. This is a clear five stars piece.

The second arc is called "In the Beginning". It is a crazy story filled with crazy Mafia types, a return of Microchip, rogue CIA and , of course, the Punisher himself. It is Ennis' trademark blend of over the top violence, vulgar prose and twisted humor. It works very well for this Punisher story. The Punisher takes down a Mafia birthday party and slaughters the heads of some of the families present. This causes an "outsider" to be brought in to deal with the Punisher-except this solution may well be worse than the problem. Equal parts violent, vulgar and darkly humorous this is trademark Ennis and it works superbly for the Punisher tale he tells. Not to be out done, the last story arc has Castle going after Irish (surprise) mobsters, who are looking for the treasure of a dead Irish mob boss. It focuses on the rise and fall of The Kingpin, and the last battle of The Punisher’s war on crime.



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