There's a lot packed into this issue, wtih Moore's story taking in mafia goons, scientologist crooks, a bereaved mother and a thread about the murder of a cop and an eight-year-old-boy that links them all together. I won't spoil the issue by hinting at the twists and turns that the plot eventually takes, but it's an original enough story that the writer doesn't feel like he's simply rehashing tired clichs, and it gains a subtle element of warmth from the Christmassy elements that even hardcore Punisher fans should be able to stomach. A creative team which has already shown how well they gel together in their Wolverine issue, Moore and Smith have provided another elegantly written and suitably well-illustrated one-shot here, and I can only hope that Marvel lets them loose on other characters in future. There just aren't enough of these self-contained stories around, and I'd definitely be convinced to take a chance on an issue if it had these two creators' names on the cover. Read Full Review
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