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5.0 out of 5 stars The man behind the bullets, 22 Jun 2011
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This review is from: PunisherMax: Bullseye (Punisher Max (Unnumbered)) (Hardcover)
Following on the heels of their successful first book "Punisher: Kingpin", writer Jason Aaron and artist Steve Dillon return with the sequel "Punisher: Bullseye", where Frank meets one of his most difficult villains, a deadly psychopath who'll stop at nothing until he gets his man.

For fans of Garth Ennis' 90+ issue run on the Punisher, Aaron does a fine job of living up to the high standard Ennis set for the character. This book is... disturbing to say the least. Aaron writes Bullseye as a truly terrifying monster, not just doing heinous things like slaying entire families, but psychologically torturing them for hours beforehand. And why? Because Bullseye is trying to get into the head of Frank Castle so that he can kill him.

Bulleye's thinking leads to some interesting questions on Frank's origins - if "The Punisher" was formed on the killing fields of Vietnam, how could he possibly have been the loving father and husband it's claimed he was when he returned? How could such a skilful soldier survive the intricate traps of the Vietcong but be so sloppy as to be in the firing line of some thugs in a park? Was "The Punisher" formed in the hail of gunfire that killed his family or would Frank have become "The Punisher" whether or not his family was killed and did it just give him an excuse, an out from the mundane life that faced him?

The action is non-stop as Bullseye and Frank stalk each other while Frank's hiding places become discovered and the police turn on him. Dillon's artwork is wonderful - I'm beginning to view him as the best artist to draw this character's stories. Aaron's writing is getting better with each book. It's not as brilliant as Ennis' is but it's similar to it and I found his portrayal of Bullseye to be both revolting, intriguing, funny, and scary, showing his ability to write a multi-faceted character. Frank remains as deadly as ever but Bullseye's ponderings on Frank's past show a vulnerability and a different side to the character previously unseen.

Fans of "The Punisher" will find a lot to enjoy with this book - it's more exciting and fun than most action films and it's a great read. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Spot on, 17 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Punisher Max: Bullseye (Paperback)
This storyline runs through PunisherMax issues #6-11 from 2010, collected as Punishermax: Bullseye (Punisher Max (Quality Paper)). This series by Jason Aaron & Steve Dillon is set in an alternative universe to the regular Marvel one, as the Punisher gets his own private Ultimates-like universe, in order to tell the story of Wilson Fisk and how he became the Kingpin, as the Mafia decide enough is enough after thirty or forty years of the Punisher. Previously, the Mafia have set a trap for the Punisher by giving Wilson Fisk their money to create a fictitious `kingpin of crime' as bait to draw the Punisher out into a trap. Well, I'm sure we can imagine what Wilson does with the money, and he uses the Punisher for his own nefarious and entertaining ends to really become the Kingpin of Crime.

This chapter sees Wilson Fisk hire the assassin Bullseye to kill Frank Castle. Unfortunately, Bullseye has his own way of working, and spends a lot of time "getting inside Frank's head", which necessitates a lot of killing, maiming and torture, more than even Fisk can stand. Bullseye gets closer and closer, picking of Frank's resources as he goes, until Frank is finds himself alone and almost unarmed against the entire NYPD and Bullseye. Bullseye discovers some dark secrets about the death of Frank's family, and there is a climactic rooftop showdown at Fisk's headquarters from which only one person walks away from.

Steve Dillon has mastered the dead eyes and cheerful grins of the criminals who inhabit the world of the Punisher, and he usually guarantees a blood-drenched five-star story of sadistic and casual killing, and this volume is no exception, though Bullseye manages to take us even further into the depths that we have been before.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bullseye vs Frank, 8 Aug 2011
This review is from: PunisherMax: Bullseye (Punisher Max (Unnumbered)) (Hardcover)
This is volume 2 of Jason Aaron's run on PunisherMax, collecting #6-11 and, for me, is more than a match for anything Garth Ennis wrote in his classic Max run.

Aaron's take on Bullseye is the most twisted and psychopathic I've ever read, the action is non-stop and Dillon's art is up to his usual high standard.

Essential reading for any Frank fans, although you may want to read PunisherMax: Kingpin Premiere HC first, if you haven't already done so as it contains the first five issues of Aaron's run.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I think i've a new favourite writer, 10 July 2011
This review is from: PunisherMax: Bullseye (Punisher Max (Unnumbered)) (Hardcover)
Jason Aaron is a fine fit to continue on with Ennis's run of the punisher,i urge anyone who's being enjoying the series to stay for the ride as for me personally it just keeps getting better.
As always Steve Dillon his art work is impressive and it's good to see how he's developed rank over the years.
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