|The Punisher is not a nice man.|
|"Slavers" is a crime drama about|
I thought that The Punisher (MAX) was going to be more of the same but with entirely more cursing and much more gore. I thought we might even see graphic torture scenes, and I'd avoided it for years for exactly this reason.
Thankfully, I was wrong.
Making The Punisher an R-rated book doesn't actually change Frank Castle in any way. He's still the Punisher; he still uses guns to slaughter criminals. What it changes is everything else in the world. In an R-rated book, the bad guys do really fucked up things. Granted, The Punisher (MAX) starts with Castle mowing down mobsters at a funeral with an M-60, but thankfully it doesn't keep that tone. It quickly settles in and becomes a kind of espionage book, one in which the government, the mob, and everyone is else is willing to do pretty much anything to find Frank Castle. They kill, torture, maim. By the time Frank finally catches up with these guys, we're itching for vengeance. His methods suddenly work--in a storytelling sense--in a way that they never had before in the comics.
|Barracuda is the black Punisher. Hailing from the swamps of Miami-Dade County,|
he is easily the most entertaining character in this entire series.
|Haven't read this yet. The library doesn't have it, so I guess I'm gonna have to buy it.|
Like it or not, The Punisher (MAX) gets a strong recommendation from me. It's well-drawn and entertaining, and I've really enjoyed it.