Punisher Max Volume 1: In The Beginning TPB: In the Beginning v. 1 (Punisher Max (Quality Paper)) Paperback – 1 Nov 2006
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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!
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.
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 :)
This series features a middle aged Frank Castle almost 30 years after his families death, still avenging their memories by brutally murdering scores of increasingly vicious criminals, this time whats left of the Italian Mafia in New York.
Features interesting characters including O'Brien, Nicky Cavella, His henchmen Pittsy and Ink and featuring the return of Frank's old partner in crime Micro chip who brings Frank and offer he better not refuse.
What makes this series different from the average Punisher story is that it takes place in a world without superheroes, much like our own.
Very Violent and very recommended.
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based off this volume alone, great change with the relationship with Micro
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