Punisher #12

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Jesus Saiz Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: May 31, 2023 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 21
7.8Critic Rating
6.5User Rating

Rated T+

  • 9.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett May 31, 2023

    This series has been unlike anything in the Punisher's long history to date and concludes with a unique and compelling understanding of an anti-hero Americans cannot escape. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett May 31, 2023

    What you think about Punisher #12 will really hinge on your thoughts about this current take on the character. It adds some interesting aspects to the character but overall it's a big change for the character that could lay the groundwork for what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AIPT - David Brooke May 31, 2023

    Punisher #12 ends the story in a way that makes me want to read the entire series again, but maybe not for the best reasons. It was clear with the last issue what this was all about, but this final issue is less a period and more of an ellipsis, as all "final" stories are for superheroes. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Jun 5, 2023

    Punisher #12 brings Jason Aaron's run, and the character's presence in Marvel, to a close with a thoughtful and quiet ending to the Punisher's war. The character moments are surprisingly mature, and the art continues to maintain the high quality offered in issue #1, but readers looking for the Punisher to go out with a big bang may find this ending anti-climactic. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu May 31, 2023

    Punisher #12 lacks the same action, suspense, and creative narrative twists that fortified this series to this point. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Screaming Enigma Jun 22, 2023

    I guess I'm one of the few who really enjoyed this. Perhaps it's because I'm not too concerned with certain retcons if they make an entertaining story, and that's what this series has been for me. The flashbacks weren't my absolute favorites of this run, but I enjoyed them. The present-day story is where this issue shines, in my opinion. While I do think Maria finding out what Frank was doing could have been explored deeper, I don't believe she's completely unjustified in her reaction here. Over the course of this series, we've seen the emotional torment Maria has been put through over the course of her relationship with and marriage to Frank. She came back to life right after she was about to tell Frank she finally wanted a divorce, and no more

  • 8.0
    thecimmerian May 31, 2023

    I love this series as much as I hate it. The retcon of Frank's past was stupid to me but the present story was really entertaining. The whole Maria and Frank were not happy before the fall was something I could deal with but the grooming him to be the fist of the beast since childhood part was DUMB. I'll say you can't do the same thing for years without it getting boring so I'll accept this new direction and hope it's entertaining. I thought "God bless the Beast" was a bit contradictory and why would the Beast be ok with Frank saving children in another realm? Those two things were the only blemishes on this issue. I really hope the final scene with Maria is not just forgotten about and we get something in the future that deals with i more

  • 7.5
    DDJamesB Jun 1, 2023

    I liked pretty much the whole issue until the end. I wish they would have just shoved Frank away somewhere or just had him dissappear and leave it vague. It really ruined the impact of everything that came before it. Still an overall good series, that overall added a decent layer to Frank. I'm still not totally ok with the retcon of the early Frank being groomed. The Maria arc was the real star.

  • 7.0
    fzanca Jun 2, 2023

    I'm not as big a fan of this run as everyone else seems to be. Maria comes off as a complete bitch in this one. She steals all of his money and leaves him with nothing. Not a single shred of remorse or concern about how he is going to eat his next meal. I wonder if Strange gives him the bullets on purpose to allow him to disappear and don't get the ending at all. This issue exists just to berate Frank Castle over and over again. Looking forward to a new writer. This one had it's moments, but not that high on my list.

  • 6.5
    tron Jun 5, 2023

    A fair attempt to change a character for no other reason than a bunch of twits got up in arms over another bunch of twits who lacked any sense of decency misusing a skull symbol. The push to be inoffensive is as ridiculous as the pushback on it. These are the days we live in. This series as a whole was a good effort with hits and misses that will be remembered just for what it was, politics.

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  • 6.0
    MoonKnight313 May 31, 2023

    Very meh. I mostly enjoyed the series but I feel the ending was very anticlimactic. I really could not care less about Maria or the new surprise at the end. It’s just very “weird” lol

  • 5.0
    Bionder May 31, 2023

    Worst Punisher ending that the Punisher ever had in more than 37 years (since he has an ongoing series).
    Bad dialogues and bad direction. It's not about the skull or the weapons, it's about the pointless deconstruction Jason Aaron did to the character that at the end of this issue it was irrelevant. This new "age" Punisher isn't for me. I'm sticking with the old Punisher series and stories until 2020.

  • 4.0
    ResearchReader Jun 4, 2023

    What do you get when a writer clearly hates a character and has made little qualms about it? This is pretty much what you would get.

    First off, I am not a big Punisher fan. I read him but could take it or leave it. The thing that bothers me the most about this run is the author clearly knows who Frank is, but he just hates him. I would argue he dislikes the entire Castle's family.

    In this issue, it pretty much wraps up the character assassination. Maria comes off as insane/evil/unsympathetic, and Frank just gets the boot, as the writer clearly did not get the go-ahead to kill him off. His struggles are flat.

    It also bothers me that this run had a lot of really cool idea that all came to nothing functional more

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