Punisher

The Punisher 6 (February 2012)

I’ve got to say… Rucka’s never going to be able to recover from the Punisher having a snow outfit. It’s like Batman & Robin or something. Next he’ll have ice skates in his boots. This issue’s pretty lame. Once again, Frank is silent. But more, Lady Punisher is mostly silent too. The big predictable set […]

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The Punisher 5 (January 2012)

It’s a slightly odd issue. Whoever thought a Punisher Thanksgiving special would be good, but Rucka uses the holiday to give some insight into the cast. Three months have passed since the last issue and Rucka is catching the reader up with the cast, including the Punisher’s ten-year old sidekick. The sidekick will likely be […]

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The Punisher 4 (December 2011)

It occurs to me, four issues in, I have almost no opinion of Checchetto. He’s a fine enough artist, he hits the mood Rucka’s going for… but he doesn’t bring anything to The Punisher. When he does try an elaborate design, it kills the pace of an issue. Anyway, I just realized I barely talk […]

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The Punisher 3 (November 2011)

Big Frank’s first words? Not worth the wait. Rucka and Checchetto turn in an all action issue. It’s like Rucka’s trying not to let people decide whether they want to like the book or not. Frank versus some mutant version of the Vulture? Kind of cool. But not because of anything Rucka brings to the […]

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The Punisher 2 (October 2011)

Still no dialogue out of Frank. Is Rucka just waiting for some big reveal or has he just not figured out his approach yet. Checchetto has decided his approach, however. Frank Castle looks like he’s in a boy band. Or, was in a boy band and is planning a come back. Not the toughest looking […]

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The Punisher 1 (October 2011)

It’s hard to have any opinion of Greg Rucka’s Punisher because Frank Castle isn’t really in the issue. Instead, Rucka follows around a couple cops who are investigating a sensational shooting. Only one of the cops is really working for Frank so there’s finally a non-speaking appearance from the Punisher at the end. Everything about […]

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PunisherMAX 4 (April 2010)

I think I might just give up on PunisherMAX right here. It’s clear Aaron doesn’t know how to write a good Punisher book and doesn’t even want to write a serious one. It’s funny to think if I was under a rock, comics-wise, and hadn’t heard of Scalped, and read this comic, I’d think Aaron […]

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PunisherMAX 3 (March 2010)

Wow, Aaron hasn’t just seen the Usual Suspects, he’s seen a History of Violence too. I wonder if he’ll work in some other incredibly well-known film’s concept in the future. Maybe send Frank back to the future in a DeLorean. Except of course, Frank’s still not the protagonist. Dillon’s drawing him a little more age […]

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PunisherMAX 2 (February 2010)

Kingpin narrates the issue. I’m not sure why they call it PunisherMAX, since it’s really KingpinMAX. Aaron comes up with all sorts of awful gritty, “real” things for KingpinMAX to have done, but really… he’s just ripping off the Usual Suspects. It’s not a particularly fast read either. So when I get done with it […]

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PunisherMAX 1 (January 2010)

Bringing in Steve Dillon to do the sequel to Ennis’s Punisher MAX series might seem like a no brainer but after one issue, I hate it. Dillon did all Ennis’s jokey Punisher stuff and it’s hard not to think of that approach when reading this issue. There’s the additional issue of realism. I’m not sure […]

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