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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 17 April 2004
...Frank Castle went to war. The Punisher is a vigilante unlike most heroes, for starters he has no super powers and for seconds he uses lethal force.
At last Marvel has released an Essential volume of The Punisher, this volume (1) collects the following comic issues - Amazing Spiderman (129, 134-135, 161-162,174-175, 201-202 and Annual 15), Giant Size Spiderman (4), Marvel Preview (2), Marvel Super Action (1), Captain America (241), Daredevil (182-184), Spectacular Spiderman (81-83) and Punisher (1-5).
These issues are Franks (The Punisher) first appearances within the Marvel Universe and see him up against the best the criminal underworld can offer. It also shows his fighting abilities against heroes like Captain America, Daredevil and Spiderman! This has to be my favourite Punisher collection (even beating the current Marvel Knights ones) as it gives the reader The Punishers origin and lets you inside Franks head, while also showing how far he is willing to go in his war.
I recommend the book to any Punisher fan (new or old), the only let down (as with all the Essential range) is that the comics are reprinted in Black & White - although this doesn't seem to take anything away from this amazing Punisher stories.
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4 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2004
I’ve never been all that big on Marvel’s “Essential Collection” trade paperbacks. And this collection of early Punisher stories (featuring his first appearance in Spider-Man #129, his first couple of deluxe one-shot books, scads of guest-star appearances in Amazing Spider-Man, Daredevil, etc., and his first solo mini-series) is no exception.
Now don’t get me wrong-- it’s the format I dislike, not the stories. For starters, almost all of the artwork-- which was originally printed in color-- doesn’t look nearly as good in black and white. Subtle shades, contrasts, and some finer details that were apparent in the single issues are now obscured in the black and white conversion, and a few of the more vital visual elements are harder to see or can't be perceived at all. Adding to the crappiness are a few pages that look like they came off a Xerox machine with a toner balance problem! Topping things off is paper stock whose quality is not much better than newsprint! Put it all together and the only thing you’ll find “essential” about this book is for use as birdcage liner paper!
Needless to say, I strongly recommend you hunt down the original color versions of the stories contained within this collection. You’ll pay a fair sight more for them than you would this load o’ lameness, but at least you’ll have ‘em in the format they were meant to be seen and enjoyed!
‘Late
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