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Essential Punisher - Volume 3 [Paperback]

Mike Baron , Roger Salick , Eliot R. Brown , Eric Larsen , Russ Heath , Bill Reinhold , Mark Texeira , Jim Lee
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Jan. 21 2009 Essential
He's a boxer, he's a ninja, he's a corporate whistle-blower, he's a biker, he's an armored warrior - he's the Punisher, and he's taking his anti-crime obsession across four continents and beyond! He wants nothing to do with the superhuman shenanigans of the rest of the Marvel Universe, but is nonetheless thrown against Doctor Doom, AIM, the Reavers, Jigsaw, Madam Hydra, and more! And introducing the sinister Saracen, one of the rare wrongdoers to fight the Punisher and live long enough to do it again! Plus combat tips, tech specs, and solo adventures of the Punisher's sidekick Microchip! Guest-starring Moon Knight! Collects Punisher #21-40 and Annual #2-3.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Vigilante Justice Jan. 26 2010
Format:Paperback
More old timey Punisher comics in a black and white tomb released to catch up the small number of people interested in reading copious amounts of Punisher back issues that didn't read them at the time. My one big gripe is that they changed the graphic layout on the spine so it doesn't match volumes 1 and 2 in appearance on my shelf, which is unfortunately the entire reason I bought it
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Punisher in the Marvel Universe. May 20 2009
By Brian Reaves - Published on Amazon.com
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This third collection of "Essential" Punisher stories is another good collection that has a few shining moments. For one thing, we get to see the Punisher interact with some great standard Marvel characters rather than just the usual drug dealers. Don't get me wrong, most of the stories here involve just the standard "Punisher versus druggies" storyline, but there are a few standout stories.

There is a Punisher/Moon Knight story that plays really well as you see the two differing styles come together to fight Madame Hydra and a radical new drug that has unusual side effects. The Punisher single-handedly takes on the Reavers here, hot off their "Mutant Massacre" attack. That story has a little too much of a "Robocop" feel to it as it progresses, but it's still good to see him face off against some super-powered bad guys.

Unfortunately, the book ends with a 6-part Jigsaw storyline that really kills the momentum of the book. It's obvious at that point that the series was just trying too hard, as the Punisher starts getting gadgets in the battle van he's never had before (fire-extinguishing foam hoses for traffic accidents, the ability to drive off a bridge and not blow out every tire and shock in his heavily-armored van, a motorcycle with a dash-mounted machine gun, etc). Add to that the fact that Jigsaw's return was treated more as an oddity than a serious threat and you get a horrible ending to an otherwise interesting series of stories.

I'm not sure if they'll take this collection to a volume 4, but if they do I hope the stories improve dramatically right off the bat or I probably won't even bother to finish it. This one is recommended for the beginning, but don't bother with the last storyline.
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Essential Punisher Jan. 1 2014
By Royland Odell Owens - Published on Amazon.com
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I own all four Essential Punisher trades and I find that this is my favorite. I ready these stories over twenty years ago and reading them again as an adult i find they are the coolest thing.

The "Acts of Vengeance" issues are her, the team up with Moon Knight against the Viper is here and the run in with XMen villains the Reavers is as well, but my favorite arc is "Jigsaw Puzzle", which is still a cool read 23 years later.

An added bonus for me are the issues drawn by Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen, his style still hasn't changed.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Essentials June 25 2010
By The Z-Man - Published on Amazon.com
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Punisher Vol. 3 has some of the best storytelling that I've seen in the essentials line. Punisher didn't really take off until the late 80's, and by that time comics had history and a fan base, so actual --writers-- were penning the stories, and not guys like Stan Lee. (For everyone that comment pisses off, there will be two guys who thought it but were afraid to say it.) Most of the stories wrap up in one or two issues so it's easy to pick up every now and then. Comics today are invariably written in 5- or 6-issue arcs so they can be more easily collected in trade paperbacks. The storytelling's tight, the pencils are fantastic (maybe even better in black-and-white), and everyone has a rocket launcher in the back of their car. What are you waiting for?
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