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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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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
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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
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 1 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.
14 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Punishes Readers. July 12 2012
By BK - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Collects: Punisher (vol. 6) #1-16; Punisher Annual #1; Punisher: Dark Reign - The List; Franken-Castle #17-21; Dark Wolverine #88-89; Punisher: In The Blood #1-5

Having never been a Punisher fan, I gave this book a shot because I've heard great things about Remender's run and I can't get enough of his Uncanny X-Force.

After finishing the Omnibus, I'm still not a fan.

Issue 1 got me hooked. Jerome Opena's art set the stage perfectly and the premise was intriguing enough for me to already second-guess my stance on the Punisher. Unfortunately, the remainder of the book didn't follow through.

The overarching story is Punisher and Norman Osborn hunting each other amidst tons of death and resurrections: Frank has a chance to be with his family, but will he take it? He seems to be losing his sanity, and who will suffer as a consequence? One arc even brings back Marvel villains from decades before and despite my apathy towards these characters, they were admittingly well integrated within the story and utilized purposefully. Punisher's new assistant, Henry, gets thrown into the mix early out of nowhere and although an interesting dynamic exists between the two, his entrance is abrupt and it bothered me that Punisher would so easily accept his help. Nothing is particularly BAD per say, but nothing particularly engaged me enough to care about Castle's journeys. It's just a lot of blood, pain, guilt, and more blood.

Then there's the whole "Frankencastle" deal, where Castle is brought back to life Frankenstein-esque. Apparently, this was supposed to be a typical Remender-style wild, insane, over-the-top plot that's absolutely fun, but I frankly found it to be stupid. I understand the comparison of Frank being both a monster (now both figuratively and literally) and a "monster" hunter, but I couldn't get over its ridiculous premise and I'm sure a writer of Remender's caliber could've found a different way to communicate the same messages.

The limited series, "In The Blood", brings back Jigsaw as an adversary and wraps up Henry's time as the Punisher's assistant. It provides a surprising amount of depth to Jigsaw but I was easily able to see through the story's "twists". It was somewhat fun, but ultimately forgettable.

The art has its ups and downs with Opena's work by far being my favorite. The majority of it is Tony Moore and as much as I appreciate his art, I've seen better from him. Maybe it was the fact that he drew the "Frankencastle" series that brought down the overall experience for me... Other notable artists include Tan Eng Huat, John Romita Jr., and Roland Boschi.

If you're already anti-Frank Castle, nothing here will change your mind. As someone new to the Punisher, be ready for over-the-top violence wrapped around passable character studies, but be warned there's a chance you might be pushed too far over the top.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nearly perfect Marvel Omnibus March 20 2013
By Michael Thompson - 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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