Punisher MAX vol. 2 #1

Punisher MAX vol. 2 #1 Review

Marvel, $3.99
Jason Aaron
Steve Dillon, Matt Hollingsworth

Two questions hit me before I even started reading the first issue in this new volume of the Punisher’s Marvel MAX series: 1) do we need another Punisher series so soon? And 2) Can anyone really replace Garth Ennis on the series?

Fortunately, it’s a resounding “yes” to both. Probably. Teaming with regular Ennis collaborator Steve Dillon, Jason Aaron (Scalped) fills this issue with more nauseating violence and juvenile humour than you can shake a boomstick at.

Punisher MAX vol. 2 #1

Punisher MAX vol. 2 #1

The basic premise behind this arc is also very good. Tired with being relentlessly slaughtered by Frank Castle, a group of Mafiosos plan to devise a fictitious Kingpin of Crime, a mythical figure that will steal Castle’s attention so that they may go about their business unscathed. And they’ve already found a decent decoy to fill those big shoes; a hushed Hell’s Kitchen bodyguard called Wilson Fisk. A great hook on what looks to be a great series.


Carl Doherty has written about movies, video games, comic books and literature for almost a decade, forging ill-informed critiques for numerous websites, blogs and publications that no one has ever heard of. His debut novel, the epic fantasy comedy Welcome to The Fold, is available now on Kindle here (UK) and here (US).

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