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Review Group Week 197 - PUNISHER #11

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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:16 am

Punisher #11 - 'Frankencastle' - Remender, Moore and Brown

Story - Ever since Garth Ennis revitalised and reinvented The Punisher as an adults-only crime comic, it's been a challenge for other writers to make the character fit into the Marvel Universe, he just seems too serious, too deadly to go up against guys in Spandex. Rick Remender has made a game go at putting Frank in situations that Ennis would never do, taking on Norman Osborn, fighting The Sentry, The Hood, having his family resurrected and then Frank kill them, and then finally, having Daken decapitate him.

Yeah, that's right, decapitate, Frank Castle is now dead, he's joined the choir invisible, he has ceased to be, he is an ex-Punisher. But of course, it's not the end. We pick up almost immediately after The List special, as HAMMER agents hunt down his dismembered body bits, but then... Man-Thing shows up. And it just gets crazier from there. Frank is taken by Man-Thing to the Legion Of Monsters, including such Marvel mainstays as Morbius The Living Vampire, Werewolf-By-Night, Moleman's Moloids and the Living Mummy. Seeing these characters in Punisher... it's not something you'd expect. And then seeing Frank patched together as a Frankenstein is even weirder. I think you can safely say this isn't retreading an old story, Remender is truly breaking new ground now.

But this isn't just for laughs, the Legion Of Monsters have a reason for getting Frank back, they are being hunted by a group of gloriously over the top Japanese Monster-Hunters who spout glorious non-sequiturs about killing all monsters. They have been hunted down, and they need a military strategist like Frank to lead them and help them. It's an interesting new villain for Frank to face, and it's actually a pretty solid explanation for why all this madness is happening. I do worry a bit that Remender has dropped all of his continuing subplots such as The Hood's machinations or Frank's new 'Microchip' Henry, for this new direction, but Henry does make an appearance here, and I hope Remender manages weave the new world of Frank with the old one.

So Punisher purists may balk at such a different type of story, it's reminiscent of the Angel Punisher or other such bollocks, but I say that this is different, and it's being done with it's tongue firmly in cheek. I would say that as long as there is a quality MAX book like Jason Aaron's which launched last week, the 616 Punisher should be allowed to go as crazy as it likes, otherwise what we'd get is sub-MAX stories without any of the violence or language, PG-13 Punisher has to go for broke, and this is it, it's a great ride, and for once, the Punisher in the Marvel Universe is totally unpredictable. All it took was his death to make things interesting.

Art - I think Tony Moore is part of what makes this concept work, his art really pops here, and it sells the madness and insanity, as well as the personal moments. Seeing an artist like Moore draw the Man-Thing is awe-inspiring, as is seeing his take on the various Kirby Monsters that are dotted around. Moore knows horror comics, as we've seen on the first arc of Walking Dead or his recent 3-issues of Ghost Rider, and there are some scenes here, such as when a HAMMER agent knows fear and burns at the touch of the Man-Thing. Moore even manages to make Frankencastle look not totally ridiculous. This book is a lot of fun, but it wouldn't be half as much fun without Tony Moore.

Best Line - 'Slay all Monsters. Make the Earth clean. Complete our reputations' I love Engrish.

8/10
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Fri Nov 20, 2009 10:34 am

this just in, Punchy takes himself way too seriously.
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Fri Nov 20, 2009 11:30 am

guitarsmashley wrote:this just in, Punchy takes himself way too seriously.


What brought this on?
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mrorangesoda

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Postby mrorangesoda » Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:48 pm

Can't wait to check out the trade. Tony Moore is awesome. Marvel should get him to draw minis and one shots for them.
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:53 pm

starlord wrote:I think honesty and open mindedness are very important. :-)


Especially when it comes to sex, amirite?
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:54 pm

doombug wrote:You gave Tony Moore artwork a 5?! :shock:


Seconded. :shock:
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GLX

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Postby GLX » Fri Nov 20, 2009 12:56 pm

http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page ... e&id=23775
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Starlord

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Postby Starlord » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:09 pm

doombug wrote:You gave Tony Moore artwork a 5?! :shock:


I know. I love Tony but it didn't impress me here. First time too. :oops:
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Mr_Batman

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Postby Mr_Batman » Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:49 pm

Review tomorrow
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guitarsmashley

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Postby guitarsmashley » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:22 pm

Punchy wrote:What brought this on?


your review. this comic was pure insanity fun and your review is just a stuffed shirt.
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:35 pm

guitarsmashley wrote:your review. this comic was pure insanity fun and your review is just a stuffed shirt.


I gave it a good review! I said it was a lot of fun! What more could I do?

******

Postby ****** » Fri Nov 20, 2009 3:46 pm

Punchy wrote:I gave it a good review! I said it was a lot of fun! What more could I do?


I believe what Yoni is trying to say is that you should say 'fuck' more often in your reviews.
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Punchy

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Postby Punchy » Fri Nov 20, 2009 4:56 pm

amlah6 wrote:I believe what Yoni is trying to say is that you should say 'fuck' more often in your reviews.


I swear in some of my reviews, just not this one. I did write this at 8.30 in the morning though, so maybe I was just too tired to not be a stuffed shirt.

3MJ

Postby 3MJ » Fri Nov 20, 2009 6:18 pm

I'm not a hardcore Punisher fan, but I just can't read this book, it's over the top silliness taking an interesting concept liek the Punisher and turning it into something which goes against everything the character has been through before, the art was nice, but didn't make up for the story. Whilst some people love the over the top craziness, this definitely isn't for me.

3 out of 10.
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Daringd

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Postby Daringd » Fri Nov 20, 2009 8:06 pm

passing on this week, next week however, i'm all over it

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