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on 22 July 2011
Garth Ennis' triumphant 60 issue run on The Punisher MAX finishes with this final volume "Valley Forge, Valley Forge" in the only way it can - referencing the Vietnam war and in a hail of bullets.

The storyline that began in Vol 3 - Mother Russia, and has reared it's head every now and then such as in Vol 6 - Barracuda and Vol 9 - Long Cold Dark, is concluded here and sees this elite and corrupt group of US Generals decide to play to Frank's weakness of not harming police or army by sending a Delta Force team in to take down Frank.

This book differs from the others in that it has sections where Ennis writes prose on the Vietnam experience and peoples' experiences with Valley Forge and a young Captain Frank Castle. If prose isn't your thing when you're reading a comic book, I suggest reading "Punisher: Born" before reading this book as it's a brilliant comic book that fits in neatly between Vol 9 and Vol 10 and basically renders the prose in Vol 10 in comic book form. Even if you read the prose I recommend "Punisher: Born" because it gives the reader more background and ideas on how Frank Castle became the Punisher.

A lot of the prose sections focuses on US military history, in particular the corruption up top and how wars make businessmen rich, and how ordinary men are thrown into hellish situations and how entire countries are shaped by conflicts, in this case Vietnam. Ennis also references the current military efforts in the Middle East and eloquently gives voice to the suffering and brutality of war.

"Valley Forge" is a fine ending to an extraordinary series and may be Ennis' best work. I've enjoyed every book in the series and others written before and after by Ennis including "Welcome Back, Frank", "Punisher: Born" and "The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci" and can say that Ennis has done wonders for this character, transforming him from a 2-dimensional cut-out to a fully formed, fascinating real person, one of the most interesting characters in the Marvel Universe.

"Valley Forge" rounds it out the series nicely, addressing a resolution to the main storyline of this series as well as the larger storyline of the legacy of the Vietnam War. Anyone looking for a fine comics series full of righteous violence and action galore could not do better than to check out this series, I cannot recommend it more. Frank Castle, what a legend.
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on 10 January 2009
Of all the punisher stories within the 'MAX' series I feel this is the best. There's less slaughter and more story which I felt was a vey pleasant change. The art work is great. I recommend you read 'Born' as it will help make more sense of 'valley forge, valley forge'.
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on 16 May 2015
Was disappointed with this story. One of my favourite things about the Garth Ennis Punisher is the internal monologue which wasn't present in this book, making it feel very different from the other books.

One of the main aims of this book seems to be to tie up loose ends, however after the events of 'long, cold, dark' their aren't that many left as it brought most of the series to conclusion.

I will say that it was great to read the book extracts throughout on the origins of frank castle.

Overall, it's worth picking up if you are a fan of the Garth Ennis Punisher, otherwise it's nothing special.
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on 12 February 2013
Last in Garth Ennis classic MAX run. You pretty much need to read all the previous MAX books including Born(which you should have read prior anyway but worth it. The changes from thestory and the excerpts from the Valley Forge x2 book is a bit jarring but its comletely up to you if you want to read them as it doesnt really affect the story much, but does offer an insight into people who profit from war and those who suffer for it. Quite a low bodycount in this one compared to other punisher books but still enough acion to keep people sustained, especially when frank faces the delta team armed with just a baseball bat.
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on 27 January 2015
Really enjoyable read part of my favourite Punisher series.
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on 19 April 2009
To be fair it is a good story but wheres the action? a little to much to read with full pages of script rather than graphic boards but hey its ok for the fans. would recommend reading born as well though. My favourite is still kitchen irish.
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