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Punisher by Rick Remender Omnibus [Hardcover]

Rick Remender , Marjorie Liu , Daniel Way , Jerome Opena , Tan Eng Huat , Tony Moore , Jefte Palo , John Romita
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July 18 2012 Punisher
Rick Remender's Punisher mega-arc is collected into one oversized volume! Frank Castle has dedicated his life to hunting down and killing evil men. So when Norman Osborn becomes the head of US security, the Punisher sets about taking Osborn down. But when his assassination attempt fails, Frank finds himself in Osborn's crosshairs. The Hood resurrects several longdead super villains and sends them against Frank ... but it is the twisted son of Wolverine who manages to kill the Punisher. With his remains stitched back together, the Punisher is reborn as the terrifying Franken-Castle!

COLLECTING: PUNISHER 1-16, ANNUAL 1; DARK REIGN: THE LIST - PUNISHER; FRANKEN-CASTLE 17-21; DARK WOLVERINE 88-89; PUNISHER: IN THE BLOOD 1-5


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It's a surprisingly entertaining read. A book that does things with the Punisher that one might have thought previously unexpected. Things like dropping the reader square in the middle of Dark Reign, sending the Punisher on a surprisingly original adventure, against compelling villains, teaming him with new and unlikely allies, and giving him hard decisions and new horrors. But even that's just the first third of the book. It also takes him on such bizarre adventures as the (polarizing) Franken-Castle arc. This is a book that does new and exciting things with the Punisher. It explores aspects of Frank's personality that are seldom touched upon, and plays with it in ways that not only show that Rick Remender has some serious guts, but also has a sense of heart, and fun not seen enough.

If you are new, there's a summary of Punisher's completely history, much like here. (Only this time in the back.) This is exactly the kind of book, you should read if you were never into Punisher, because it does so many things others would not. For that exact reason, I can understand if any Punisher fans would want to avoid this book, as I imagine one might see this as too much of a change from the usual. I still recommend giving it a shot no matter who you are. Especially if you are not threatened by change. I embrace it.

As per usual, the book and binding itself is Marvel's standard quality with Omnibus editions. It's big, thick, it's a decent quality hardcover book, bound in black pleather with a white skull on the front. Well worth Amazon's $70.00 asking price. All in all, I'd say it's a five star book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars...Not your typical Punisher book but very Remender-esque Aug. 7 2012
By mkronck - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This omnibus collects Remender's complete Punisher run in one book:

Punisher (2009 8th Series) #1-16
Punisher (2009 8th Series) Annual #1
Dark Reign The List Punisher (2009) #1
Franken-Castle (2010 Marvel) #17-21
Dark Wolverine (2009)#88-89
Punisher In the Blood (2010 Marvel)#1-5.

Coming from a Garth Ennis AND a Rick Remender fan, I will say that this is an outstanding book. Let it first be pointed out that this is a VERY different take on the Punisher, especially in comparison to Ennis' long run. I could see many hardcore Ennis fans having a hard time dealing with a lot of the subject matter, which ranges from monsters to Frakenstein versions of Frank Castle to the use of magic. However, I think that going into this with an open mind will give most readers a thoroughly enjoyable reading experience.

The first two arcs with Opena and Huat on art are fantastic, and represent a complete story (with a stunning WOW factor at the end of issue 10 that I won't go into). Following that, we see the Frankencastle story arc, which was surprisingly amazing. The last story arc features Frank back in human form, and is a solid closure to the series.

The only negative aspect of the book (hence the 4.5 stars, not 5), is due to the four-issue Dark Wolverine/Frankencastle crossover with Remender, Daniel Way, and Marjorie Liu. Any time that you have multiple writers alternate storytelling/scripting, it's a near guarantee that it's not going to be that great. But if you can get past that little hiccup, the rest of the book is phenomenal. As an aside: what was Marvel thinking with Daken? I'd never really read anything about him before this, but I find him to be a completely unoriginal and boring character.

On the whole, Remender incorporates clever story-telling and a surefire knowledge of Marvel lore and old characters to make this a rich and fulfilling run. He includes many long lost characters from the 70's and 80's that I would have glanced over and turns them into fun, interesting, and strangely disturbing villains. Frank Castle is still the ruthless, hardcore killer that we know, and there are many "oh my god did that just happen" moments along the way.

The part of the story I was most worried about was the Frankencastle arc. It seemed a very strange thing to feature in a Punisher comic. But I went into it with an open mind and actually discovered the Frankencastle story arc with Tony Moore on art to be one of the best of the entire book (discounting the Dark Wolverine crossover part of the arc - serious, skip it).

If you are an Uncanny X-Force fan, I would highly recommend this. I feel that this is the defining run where we see Rick Remender transform from a "pretty good" writer to simply "fantastic."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great 2/3 of a run Sept. 13 2013
By Jack Dobson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Your enjoyment of this series hinges heavily on your tolerance for 'Frankencastle'. Those of us who found the entire concept grating are, necessarily, going to have a hurdle to overcome. The pleasures of this run are myriad. The first third or so is spent introducing new characters and outfitting Frank with some of the Marvel Universe's coolest weapons, while also torturing Big Pun with his lost family and setting up a conflict of Frank's convictions in a way that has rarely been done. Fans of 80s Marvel will love the callbacks and resurrected characters and it is this section where the book really shines.

Then comes Frankencastle... The art is fantastic. The reuniting of Remender and Moore pays spectacular dividends and fans of 'Fear Agent' are in for a real treat. The writing remains sharp and many of the themes presented in the earlier part of the book are continued. The story veers deep into the MU, taking on a tone of almost magical realism that, while interesting, never feels like The Punisher. There is plenty of good stuff to be found but you have to work to find it. And hey, there are some people who really dig the evolution of the character. I'm not one of them.
Still, a stellar first third and a pretty good amount of quality buried in the rest means I'd really like to give this three and a half stars. I'm rounding it up to four because hey, comics are awesome.
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Frank Castle, the Punisher, but Remender Makes Sure it's Not Punishment: A Perfect Marvel Omnibus! Sept. 29 2014
By J. Snee - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
After reading all of Garth Ennis's Punisher-both Max, and the regular Marvel universe books, I thought I had seen it all-Frank Castle at his rip roaring best, with great art from Dillion that was straight out of his Preacher days, but then I cracked the spine on this wunderkind and was completely blown away! Remender is a modern master, and here he tells a story so fresh and fun it's impossible not to love! Plus, Tony Moore's Art is amazing and pushes this book into that elite 1 % of perfect comics! This is as good as it gets: a very fun story told by some of the best in the craft! Plus, they take a classic charachter and completely turn him on his head: keeping the element fans know and love bit doing something so creative and outrageous and it'll draw mouths agap and delight from even the staunchest purist!

Also: look at the price-- for under $50, this is a steal! This book collects, Living in Darkness, Punisher #1-5; Dead End, Punisher #6-10; Remote Control, Punisher Annual # 1, A Good Lie, Dark Reign: the List--Punisher #1; Franken-Castle, Punisher #11-21; Dark Wolverine #88-89; and ends with PUNISHER: In the Blood, #1-5! Nearly 30 comics! And with today's price of $4 a comic book- that would be $120 on newsstands! This is one beatiful, high quality, hard cover edition, all written by Rick Remender and worked on by artists including Tony Moore, Jerome Opeña, and John Romita, Jr.! If you are interested in Marvel or The Punisher, this is a great book- and a perfect place to start or continue your look into the life of vengeance made man! Plus, I keep my reviews spoiler free, but if I told you the twist and turns these pages contain- you'd probably respond, incredulous a that!

This is a must buy! Great book, great price, and proof that the Marvel omnibus is a comic reader's dream come true!!! I Seriously loved this book- and if you are reading this review, a bit on the edge or unsure, I urge you: BUY IT NOW!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Remender writes with real guts, and surprisingly, heart. Aug. 10 2012
By Toban_Frost - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
It's a surprisingly entertaining read. A book that does things with the Punisher that one might have thought previously unexpected. Things like dropping the reader square in the middle of Dark Reign, sending the Punisher on a surprisingly original adventure, against compelling villains, teaming him with new and unlikely allies, and giving him hard decisions and new horrors. But even that's just the first third of the book. It also takes him on such bizarre adventures as the (polarizing) Franken-Castle arc. This is a book that does new and exciting things with the Punisher. It explores aspects of Frank's personality that are seldom touched upon, and plays with it in ways that not only show that Rick Remender has some serious guts, but also has a sense of heart, and fun not seen enough.

If you are new, there's a summary of Punisher's completely history, much like here. (Only this time in the back.) This is exactly the kind of book, you should read if you were never into Punisher, because it does so many things others would not. For that exact reason, I can understand if any Punisher fans would want to avoid this book, as I imagine one might see this as too much of a change from the usual. I still recommend giving it a shot no matter who you are. Especially if you are not threatened by change. I embrace it.

As per usual, the book and binding itself is Marvel's standard quality with Omnibus editions. It's big, thick, it's a decent quality hardcover book, bound in black pleather with a white skull on the front. Well worth Amazon's $70.00 asking price. All in all, I'd say it's a five star book.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nearly perfect Marvel Omnibus March 20 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A wonderfully fun read. Rick Remender really captured Frank Castle and made him an enjoyable character to follow, something I haven't often seen in the Punisher comics.

The omnibus begins shortly after the start of Marvel's Dark Reign crossover storyline and shows the Punisher taking on some heavy hitters in the Marvel Universe like Norman Osborne and The Hood, usually emerging victorious through careful planning and pure determination against their magic, tech, and overwhelming numbers.

FrankenCastle, fills the middle of the book and is a really excellent example of Remender's storytelling abilities, as it puts the Punisher in a ridiculous situation (he's killed, brought back as a Frankenstein monster, leads the Legion of Monsters against a monster-hunting army) that still feels like a great Punisher story.

Actually, the start to this storyline, which sees Castle murdered by Wolverine's son, Daken, is probably the best Punisher comic I've ever read. It shows the Punisher fighting against an enemy he knows he'll lose against, but he makes Daken work harder than he ever has before for a kill.

Following the FrankenCastle story, there's a solid plot involving the return of longtime nemesis Jigsaw, which is a fun kind of "returning to the roots" Punisher tale. I didn't enjoy it quite as much as the other stories in the book, but it was still a very solid return to the street-level vigilanteism one expects from Punisher comics.

The one downside to this omnibus is it includes a couple of issues from Dark Wolverine as part of the FrankenCastle/Daken rematch plotline for what was essentially a multi-issue fight scene. This was... well, it's OK, but when compared to the rest of Remender's Punisher run, the Dark Wolverine issues stand out for some underwhelming writing.

Not quite perfect, but definitely a book I'll be happy to keep on my shelf for quite some time.
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