Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Revisiting Old Comics: Punisher Max No. 1 (2010)

Punisher MAX No. 1 (2010) - Written by Jason Aaron. Illustration by Steve Dillon.

By Kenny Howell

As I mentioned the other day, I decided to dive back into the comic book world, and have been reading several things over the last few days.

One of the first things I wanted to read was the Punisher. He was always one of my favorites when I was younger, mostly because I felt like I was getting away with something reading it when I was 13 or 14. It was extremely violent, tons of cussing, and the occasional nudity. My parents had no idea, and that was fun.

Now that I am much older than that, I was interested to see how I would react to the series. I don't know if it is nostalgia, or the idea that the Punisher series is just ruthlessly fun, but I still dug about every page.

In the opening of the Max series, the Punisher is about to crash a meeting of criminals who are in the process of naming a new boss of crime, not for real, but a figure head to throw the Punisher off. They choose Wilson Fisk, a giant bodyguard to be the new Kingpin. Punisher breaks up the meeting by murdering a large number of them, but Fisk gets away with the real crime bosses protected. We then learn that he has a wife and kid at home and see that he is going to run with this new title.

Just like the rest of the Punisher series, Punisher Max is extremely violent, so much so that it is a blast. No one is safe from Punisher, and he doesn't really have a ton of compassion for anyone on the other side. There are eyes gouged out, heads blown off, and all the stuff that made me love the man in the black skull shirt so many years ago. It was nice to be back with that old friend.

Rating: ***

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