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Punisher Max - Volume 5 [Hardcover]

Garth Ennis , Howard Chaykin , Goran Parlov

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June 17 2009 Oversized
Barracuda's back! The most dangerous foe the Punisher has ever faced has found a chink in his enemy's armor, one even Frank Castle himself doesn't know about. Heart full of blackest hate and loving every minute of it, he's out to crush the vigilante to pulp - and take his time over killing what remains. But Castle has a lifetime of slaughter behind him, and who knows how lethal he might yet become? Then, watch as Garth Ennis concludes his seminal run on Punisher in style! Thirty-five years ago, the Fifth Cavalry disgorged their troops on an isolated Vietnamese hilltop and was met by a scene of utter devastation. The final body count ran to well over seven-hundred - almost two-hundred of them American soldiers. Standing alone amidst the carnage, a sole survivor: Captain Frank Castle. Now, the Punisher is about to face his stiffest test: He's hunted big game in his day, but none as big as this. Five men with unlimited resources. Men who'd put anything between themselves and the Punisher's bullet. Men who know exactly who he is - and how to fight him! Collects Punisher #50-60.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (June 17 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785137823
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785137825
  • Product Dimensions: 19.2 x 2 x 28.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #296,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 3.7 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful conclusion to an amazing series Aug. 16 2009
By J. Shurin - Published on Amazon.com
Ennis' latest run on Punisher is one of the highlights of the last decade in comics writing - perhaps its only comparison is Bendis' ground-breaking run on Daredevil. From the first issue, Ennis redefined, modernized and revitalized one of Marvel's most difficult characters. The Punisher became human, frighteningly sane and indescribably scary. Ennis moved him from a four-color 'bullets never kill' world to a nasty, lethal, intrigue-punctuated, chaotic analogue of the real world - and the Punisher changed from a B-list to something very special.

Despite the ultra-violence, Ennis made this latest Punisher a serious figure (although his goofier, earlier run on Punisher is also worth investigating). Like his work with Preacher, the Punisher was a means of identifying and exploring serious themes - bringing order out of chaos, the limits of sanity, morality vs necessity, and even a bit of old-fashioned Americana.

In this last collection (actually two collections combined), these themes come to their conclusions. The Punisher's nastiest foe - the Barracuda - returns, and Frank is faced with a villain as clever and as resourceful as he is. Barracuda is the unstoppable force for Frank Castle's immovable object, and the clash between them is truly epic (and not a single super-power is involved...). In a surprising revelation, the Punisher is forced to think about what really matters to him, especially with Barracuda looming...

In the final volume, Valley Forge, Ennis takes an interesting tangent. The government is finally, seriously, out to bring in Frank Castle. By preying on his weakness - his patriotism - they hope to capture or kill him... with soldiers. The Punisher is again caught between what he believes and the horrible facts of his existence. What will and won't he do to stay on the loose? Although not as action-packed as many of the previous storylines, Valley Forge is perhaps the best-written. Ennis has a flair for 'war stories' - for capturing the emotion of soldiers and veterans alike. 'Valley Forge' is a daring, powerful way of ending his run on the series, and I pity the unfortunate writer that has to follow in his footsteps...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Gritty And Awesome Punisher!! Dec 16 2009
By Daniel W. Warren - Published on Amazon.com
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I still recall vividly opening my first Punisher Max volume and being amazed. This was how Punisher should have been like all along. No crazy high-tech gimmicks or cartoony stories, just a man scarred deeply by the deaths of his family and reaping bloody vengeance.

The art is superb, and I truly feel they captured the true essence of the Punisher. He is a man driven solely by His War and allows no room for compromise of any sort. Understandably, he is most assuredly psychotic, but to him, to sit back and do nothing is insanity in itself. You can't help but to admire a man with that sort of resolve.

If you've read the other Max Volumes, then you'll enjoy this. If you haven't, I would still recommend this book.
5.0 out of 5 stars It just gets better March 16 2014
By Max Lundquist - Published on Amazon.com
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More from the vengeance driven vigilante. Violent carnage with a strangely sympathetic psychopath. NOT for minors due to it's graphic depictions of death, violence and sex. However if you are searching for this then what did you expect, the Care Bears?
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 5 for the story 3 for the book Sept. 24 2009
By Gerald Keefer - Published on Amazon.com
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Love these stories. They are a great conclusion to Ennis' take on the Punisher. There's a lot of deep and meaningful insight and that can interpreted by individuals reading this.

However, I only give this 3 stars because Marvel, in their infinite wisdom chose not to include the 5 issue Barracuda mini. It is fairly necessary if you've got this far. Would fit perfectly between the 2 story arcs in this book. Not cool. An extra 100 pages for a huge, deluxe book like this should not be a problem.

I'm sure marvel will release the Garth Ennis Punisher Max Omnibus before too long and it'll be in there. Thanks a lot for screwing us.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Punisher goes out with a lesser bang than I thought July 9 2009
By Joseph R. Mcconnell - Published on Amazon.com
*Spoilers below*
This being the last Punisher book for Garth Ennis, I had thought the series would end in some spectacle. Reading the whole thing, I left the series in disappointment. The first story to me was the best of the whole thing. Barracuda returns to try his hands again at Frank Castle, this time coming better prepared and packing a rage for his lost eye and fingers and being shot and left for the sharks. This story was interesting because it gave you a background as to why Barracuda has become a cold-hearted killer (which is an abusive father and bullies). Sadly, at the end of the story, Barracuda takes a last stand at an elementary school and ends up dying by the Punisher (going away with a ripped off nose, ripped off left cheek, and a cut off arm). The seond story is where ex- military men plan to take the Punisher alive to prison. They do this believing that he won't harm them because they are military. This was the case until he kills them at the end without any explanation as to why (maybe I missed it). There are certain breaks in the story where you read parts of a novel for Vietnam made from the son of Stevie (guy who was bayoneted at the end of the paperback "The Punisher: Born". I didn't think the inclusion of the novel was neccesary, as it didn't fit with the main storyline. Overall, I don't want to discourage any one from buying this, but I must say that Garth ended his series in a whisper instead of a bang.

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