- 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)
Punisher Max Volume 1 HC: v. 1 (Oversized) Hardcover – 15 Aug 2007
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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!
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 :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The beginning of the best version of Frank Castle by far. Excellent story and art by Garth Ennis and Lewis Larosa respectively. Read morePublished 23 days ago by DC15
Barracuda is such a great villain.
based off this volume alone, great change with the relationship with Micro
A fun read and an explosive start to the best punisher run ever printed (in my opinion) the Punisher MAX series has got to be my favourite of all his runs. Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Ashley
From reading Garth Ennis' Preacher I was expecting a bit more form this than what was given, however it was still a good read and certainly worth the money! Read morePublished on 28 Feb. 2012 by Jbrd
Not quite as good as I expected, but mainly about how awesome Frank Castle is. It's interesting but sometimes the sheer amount of violence doesn't shock but is so over the top it's... Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2011 by Jack
I don't normally feel moved to review stuff negatively, but this book was so far below my expectations after reading the other reviews I felt the need to balance things. Read morePublished on 12 Aug. 2011 by R. A. MacGillivray
I bought this as a present so I can't comment on the novel, apart from it's one of the top 50 recommended graphic novels on every list I found. Read morePublished on 5 Jan. 2011 by tripi26
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