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Explicit but not mature
on 12 August 2011
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.
The character depth and plotting in this book are really minimal. Effectively, it lurches from one head being blown apart to another splatter of brains with little justification and lots of gratuitous swearing. I'm cool with bad language and graphic violence in comic books when it works for the story, but it adds nothing here. In fact, it takes away from any impact it might have by over-repetition. I was yearning for a twist to come, but no, it all plays out exactly like you expect.
Apart from the photo-real cover pages, the artwork lacks flair and the panel layouts are very basic. It was a shame to discover the wonderful Tom Palmer inking this (he must miss Gene Colan terribly). At times the faces seem to get lost in a mess of creases and scratches and the Punisher himself changes his look all the time. This is particularly bad in the big fist fight at the end, but there's one panel in Chapter Two where Frank is loading bullets and his head is about three times too small for his body.
I was hoping for something Frank Miller might wish he had done. Not found it here.