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Punisher Max Volume 1 HC: v. 1 (Oversized) Hardcover – 15 Aug 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; Direct Ed edition (15 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785118403
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785118404
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 2.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 661,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Okay, just to confirm, this review is about the hardcover volume 1 of the Punisher Max series.

I'm a huge fan of Garth Ennis's initial Marvel Knights run of The Punisher - enjoying his trademark sense of dark and twisted humour - and I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the more serious MAX series as much.

However, I am happy to state that the two stories contained in this lovely, sumptuous hardcover book are both thrilling, entertaining, unnerving, intriguing and gripping in the extreme.

Frank Castle's persona can sometimes come across as stubborn and lacking in feeling, but Ennis creates in him an almost demonic force for vengeance, one in which, now and then, cracks appear and we get to see the hurt man beneath. This is a man who has never fought for closure or forgiveness or understanding over the horrible deaths of his family, but has simply pushed back such pain into his subconscious and replaced it with an anger that burns like the heart of a sun.

In some ways this makes him all too human, as grief and loss are sometimes so vile to deal with that denial is a natural and believable human trait.

Therefore, we follow Frank as he cuts a bloody swathe through the shallow denizens of New York's underground, delighting in stories that offer up many complex and interesting new characters - some of whom are so sick of nature that we revel in Frank's dispatching of them to whatever Hell they deserve.

This is dark, gory and sometimes amusing adult fair that is excellently written and competently illustrated and, all in all, is a total page-turner of a compelling read.
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Format: Paperback
Frank takes on the mob, yes again but they don't learn y'see?, but this time the government is after him and a figure from his past - Micro! It's up to Frank to take down the bad guys and turn down the government who wants him to hunt terrorists undercover - but will they take no lightly?

If you haven't read Garth Ennis' excellent first run on Punisher, you're going to love this. It has all the hallmarks that made Ennis so beloved to comics' fans - action, violence, fast paced stories and well realised characters. "Welcome Back, Frank" is a great place to start but "In the Beginning" introduces the character well enough.

Taking down gangsters is a big part of the Punisher as well as walking the line between evading the authorities and doing his best to avoid killing them. One of the main distinctions this book makes in introducing Ennis' Punisher to a new generation is the character that some fans like and some fans didn't like - Micro - and what Ennis decides to do there. Like his choices in "Welcome Back, Frank", Ennis sets up the series by bringing it back to its roots, cutting loose a lot of the blubber that's built up over the years - and the series is better for it.

"In the Beginning" is a solid start to what will become a legendary 10 book series from Garth Ennis and an excellent place for new readers to pick up from.
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Format: Paperback
Whenever I have read Punisher titles in the past I've enjoyed them, but at the same time have found myself wishing that Marvel would take the reigns off him. Now with the Punisher Max series that's exactly what's happened!

Garth Ennis is on top form here and finally we see The Punisher as he should be. There's no references to other Marvel superheroes which helps to make this a more believable world, complete with gritty violence, swearing and Punisher dishing out justice to the underworld with his huge arsenal of weaponary; with a suitably huge body-count.

This is a great title, I had to get the whole collection. The only criticism I could make is that there aren't more volumes in this awesome series!
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By Matt on 28 Feb. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book was my first foray into the world of the Punisher, and I was very impressed. The artwork really suits the dark tone of the material here, and the story is well written. It certainly lives up to the explicit content label, with lots of gore, swearing and sexual references, so very much a mature book, but if you like that kind of thing it's a great read. I've now got the second book, and the third is on its way!
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Format: Hardcover
the punisher is one of my all time favourite characters from the marvel universe, his sense of unrelenting vengence and dark premise really makes for a very interesting character, which has been brilliantly realised in the Punisher Max! series.

volume one focusses on the big man as attacks a mob house, all in a days work, and it all unfolds from that, the punisher seeks to eradicate the Barrucis from existence but Larry Barucci has other ideas, he ensigns the assistance of Nicky cavella and his two right hand men, Pittsy and Ink (all of which very interesting characters) as they hunt the punisher to take him down.

another group turns up as well, headed by Bethell of Homeland security he is looking for the punisher to offer him a deal bring an old colleague of Castles along for the ride.

what unfolds is a brilliant insight into urban warfare from Castles point of view, in all its menace and brutality and my hat comes down to Garth Ennis for the way he has written and designed the punisher, a coming on 50 year old who is haggard in appearance and large in stature. a truly terrifying figure.

get this book, you wont be disappointed.
Happy Reading :)
Gaz
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