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Psychocandy 12-02-2006 08:43 AM

Garth Ennis' Punisher MAX Run
Has anyone been reading Garth Ennis' Punisher MAX title? This is one of the most consistently stunning comics currently being published. I raise my hat to Marvel as they seem to have given Ennis complete freedom to explore the darkest areas of human nature in a realistic and complete uncensored fashion. Although it sometimes strays into the kind of puerile territory that at times mars even Ennis' finest work he has been remarkably restrained throughout the run. Sure the violence, bad language and sex are sometimes off the chart in terms of potential to offend but given the kind of stories he's telling and type of people who inhabit these stories it's not surprising. This is a truly adult and complex piece of work. A character study that has added both weight and substance to the character of Frank Castle. Has anyone else been reading this? What has been your favourite arc so far? I absolutely loved The Slavers. It was brutal and uncompromising and really stirred up a lot of emotions. The current storyline, Man Of Stone, has also been incredible and I cannot wait until the conclusion in issue #42.

Sh8dy Milkman 12-03-2006 03:59 AM

As an Ennis fan it is my duty to check this out. Do you know if this run has made it to TPB yet?

Psychocandy 12-03-2006 06:24 AM


Originally posted by Sh8dy Milkman
As an Ennis fan it is my duty to check this out. Do you know if this run has made it to TPB yet?
I believe that most of it is available in either TPB or the oversized hardcovers that Marvel do so well. I think that the trades run right up until the end of the Barracuda arc (the one just before the current The Man Of Stone story). Man Of Stone should be published early 2007. Although some of the arcs stand alone they should all be read in order as there are a lot of events in earlier stories that have impact later on. It's great stuff throughout with The Slavers being the high point. Powerful stuff.

Tyler_Durden_208 12-03-2006 11:39 AM

I've been meaning to check this out (I picked up Vol. 3: Mother Russia, but not knowing the previous story, it's stayed on my shelf unread) so you've just pushed me to check 'em out. May have a new monthly title besides Moon Knight...

bourahioro 12-06-2006 03:49 PM

Get 'em all....Ennis' Punisher run is the best the Punisher has had in over a decade...probably 2; Violent, profane, and witty. Definitely coloured by Ennis' trademark unorthodox storytelling.

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