One Mad Dog

[Punisher Max, Vol. 5 – Hardcover] – (Garth Ennis, Howard Chaykin, Goran Parlov)
April 5, 2010, 1:05 am
Filed under: 9 stars, Garth Ennis, Goran Parlov, Howard Chaykin, Punisher

Two fantastic books make up this hardbound volume, “Long Cold Dark” and “Valley Forge”. In “Long Cold Dark” we see the return of the ultra violent killing machine  Barracuda and it’s a battle that the punisher barely comes out of alive. I found the artwork to be a little inconsistent in this story but things settled down as the story progressed. The story itself is fantastic.  “Valley Forge” is also an excellent Punisher story with an unusual amount of prose thrown in. The prose sections are good and thought provoking but they do tend to break up the action a little bit. The artwork in this collection is definitely less colorful than the earlier volumes and it resorts to classic comic style palettes (must have been costing too much to make). Great ending to Garth Ennis’s stint on the Punisher. [ISBN-13: 978-0785137825]. 9/10

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