Punisher: The Platoon #1
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Punisher: The Platoon #1

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Goran Parlov Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 4, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 13
7.8Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

By the time the Punisher was born in Vietnam, Frank Castle had already become a dark legend of the battlefield. Stories about him were told in whispers, if at all. Now the legendary Punisher team of Garth Ennis and Goran Parlov (PUNISHER MAX, FURY MAX) brings the first of those stories to light: the tale of Frank Castle's first command, and his first kill. Don't miss this epic new series!
MAX/Parental Advisory

  • 8.8
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 4, 2017

    Any fan of Garth Ennis' past Punisher MAX work will want to add The Platoon to their pull list. This first issue proves right away that Ennis and Goran Parlov still have plenty more to say about the character. Nor is this a mere origin story, as the framing sequences and focus on the Viet Cong lend a greater context to Frank's descent from soldier to vigilante. This is already shaping up to be another definitive Punisher tale. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Punisher Central - Oct 7, 2017

    This issue is a set up for all the upcoming issues, don't expect action in it but the storytelling did all the work that I didn't feel the need for action and expect some comeback characters from Punisher MAX and Fury Max! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Oct 8, 2017

    The book is the perfect treat for fans of Garth Ennis' take on Frank Castle. It's an excellent first issue and with such a skilled and experienced writer as Ennis in charge you know you're going to be in for a good read. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    WhatCulture - Ewan Paterson Oct 4, 2017

    Much like Oliver Stone's seminal 1986 war movie, the Platoon roots itself in the zeitgeist of America's long 1960s. Following a non-linear approach, in which a group of Castle's former squaddies are interviewed by an anonymous journo in the present, Ennis broaches many of the themes Stone did in his film, analysing Vietnam as a transformative event in the American psyche and one that would hold grave consequences for Frank Castle in particular. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    411Mania - Jonathan Durden Oct 19, 2017

    The Platoon gets great marks from me, and though it may be a more flavorful experience if you read Ennis' Born first, this issue was an obvious standout in its lineup of monthlies. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Doom Rocket - Jarrod Jones Oct 4, 2017

    There's enough characterization amidst the platoon to get you through the issue, but some of the technical jargon weighs the story down. Read Full Review

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