One Mad Dog

[Punisher MAX, Vol. 3 – HC] – (Garth Ennis, Leandro Fernandez, Goran Parlov)
April 6, 2010, 2:48 am
Filed under: 9 stars, Garth Ennis, Goran Parlov, Leandro Fernandez, Punisher
This deluxe hardcover collects Punisher MAX Vol. 5: The Slavers and Punisher MAX Vol. 6: Barracuda, plus extras.
The first story “the Slavers” is a superb story based on human trafficking and prostitution and Frank Castle trying to put things right. It is an often overused quote but I really could not put this book down once I started it. I ended up getting to bed an hour later than I should have. The whole tale is very realistically portrayed and there is a lot of truth behind the back story. Fantastic story and good artwork too.
Punisher Max Barracuda is a really good punisher story that turns up the gore and violence another notch. In this story Frank fights the evil that is corporate America rather than some drug lord, government or crime boss. Barracuda makes an excellent adversary for Frank and their battle is simply brutal. A well paced story line that has a very satisfying ending. Yet another punisher story that I struggled to put down once I started reading. (ISBN-13: 978-0785119814). 9/10

[Punisher MAX, Vol. 2 – HC] – (Garth Ennis, Dougie Braithwaite, Leandro Fernandez)
April 6, 2010, 2:43 am
Filed under: 8 Stars, Dougie Braithwaite, Garth Ennis, Leandro Fernandez, Punisher
Collects Punisher Max Vol. 3: Mother Russia and Punisher Max Vol. 4: Up Is Down And Black Is White.
In Mother Russia, The punisher is forced into a suicide mission deep inside Russia with the goal to retrieve a deadly retrovirus.  This story is full of the graphic violence and action the punisher series is famous for but this time with a slightly more military bent.  The artwork is pretty good and really stands out on the premium paper. Fantastic tale with many subplots and twists to keep the reader hooked.  The dialogue and level of violence are off the scale and quite a few scenes have jaw dropping politically incorrect references. I really enjoyed this story. It is probably my favorite Punisher book to date.
Up is down and Black is White is a mafia based tale based around evil mafia mobster Nicky Cavella who finally figures out what is required to send Frank Castle over the edge (he desecrates his family’s grave). The violence that ensues is even shocking for the Punisher and it is an absolute bloodfest. The language and situations are very adult orientated and some of the flashbacks to fill in the background on main characters such as Nicky Cavella are particularly shocking. Highly recommended read for adult audiences only. Artwork is not bad but nothing really special. Collects Punisher #13-24. (ISBN-13: 978-0785120223 ) . 8/10.