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Punisher War Journal Classic Volume 1 TPB: v. 1 (Graphic Novel Pb) Comic – 3 Sep 2008

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Where's volume 2,3,4, and 5? 3 Dec 2009
By Gwadovski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Comic Verified Purchase
This book is a great reminder of the days when Punisher wasn't an annoying parody of himself. Great art by Jim Lee, the stories are hit or miss, but these "classic" punisher comics were far superior to everything since the mid 90's. Sure, Garth Ennis had an entertaining run when he hit it big with the Punisher character, but that should have lasted less than 1/2 as long as it did, and if you made the mistake of reading Punisher comics during WORLD WAR HULK like I did, its time to cleanse your palette and get a taste of the real, original Frank Castle. When looking at the bland black white newspaper reprints of al of Marvel's best 60's-80's comics that are called "Essentials", I cannot help but wonder why so much of the company's best material , the stuff that truly made them stand out above DC, isn't even given color reprints. I take what I can get with the "Classic" library,but they shouldn't keep releasing "volume 1" with no follow-up. Let me remind you oldschool Marvel fans that Man-thing, Iron Fist, Master of Kung-Fu, Luke Cage Hero for Hire, Jungle Action, Supervillain Team-up, Steve Gerber's Foolkiller, and a plethora of other important and semi-forgotten characters have never had their material reprinted in color. Yet almost every sub-par issue of modern Marvel comics are reprinted on glossy color paper within a few months of their single issue release. WTF Marvel?!?!?! I'd buy a lot more trade paperbacks and omnibuses if they recollected more silver age material. I hope Joe Quesada and other bigwigs at Marvel will realize what's up one of these days.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Be VERY Careful When Ordering 14 Mar 2014
By Daneel Olivaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Comic
At the top of this product page, it describes this as a "comic," i.e. not a trade paperback collection, but an individual comic book. But the product description further down says there are over 200 pages, and the reviews are for a collection. Based on those reviews and the page count, I ordered it from a seller, but contacted him right away to make sure it was a book I was ordering. And it wasn't; it was an individual comic. Then I contacted another seller before ordering; same thing. I can't tell you this will always be the case, but you really should check if it's the book being offered. Or perhaps it's really the comic you want for your collection. Just be careful.
The Punisher's Origins Revealed! 26 Sep 2012
By BlueStar - Published on Amazon.com
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Frank Castle's at it again with this classic collection of the first eight issues of Punisher War Journal! Frank tracks down the mobster Montoya after he got out of prison and is hellbent on taking out anyone who interferes with his family life; even the child of the man he killed that resulted in Frank's family's deaths! After that, Frank's old Vietnam squad is getting gunned down one-by-one by a man called Sniper! He then visits the Congo in an effort to get away from all the violence but ends up encountering dinosaurs and the deadliest mutant of them all; Wolverine! Finally, Frank takes on a gangster called Damage in an effort to stop his mindless killing sprees!

So as you can see, the Punisher is kept very busy in these issues. They are little story arcs but action-packed and full of story as well. Jim Lee's art is really fantastic here and there's plenty of violence as well. The first issue alone will send you into a depression. As you read it, the bottom panel of each page is a silent portrayal of Frank's family's massacre at the hands of the mob and it is a very sad scene to watch play out. Other than that, you have the ability in these issues to get inside Frank's head by reading his journal that accounts for what he's thinking. There's also a page at the end of each issue where Frank talks about a particular weapon like the Ballistic Knife or the Barrett .50 cal. The story arc with Wolverine was fantastic and only bested by the first issue but the whole book was a fun read. The book itself is a standard glued-binding soft cover as well so it works for what's presented. I'm hoping a second volume gets released soon!
Entertaining. 22 Mar 2012
By thedropoff - Published on Amazon.com
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Just finished this volume and have to say it was worth reading. I would agree with the other reviewer here and say I would like to read volumes 2 onward. The story is pretty good here. Nothing earth shattering but I thought it was interesting that they brought some characters in from Frank Castle's Nam days. If I remember correctly, there are 4 different story arcs here. One involves Wolverine. All of them are pretty good. It was really cool to see some of Jim Lee's older artwork. Judging from the credits, I believe Jim Lee worked with the writer on artwork for each issue.

All in all this is not a bad read. I personally still think the Ennis stuff is superior but I enjoyed this nonetheless.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
classic 25 Oct 2012
By Jack Burton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Comic Verified Purchase
Super gritty, full color, real Frank. this is my coffee table book for the month . the best way to enjoy comics.
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