Punisher: War Zone #1
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Punisher: War Zone #1

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Steve Dillon Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: December 10, 2008 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 4
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THE RESURRECTION OF MA GNUCCI PART 1 The red-hot Marvel Knights line reunites the seminal creative team of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon for this special, 6-part limited sequel to their legendary story arc, "Welcome Back, Frank." It all starts when two mobsters take a trip to the zoo and piss off the wrong monkey. Limbs are lost (the kind you can't easily replace), vultures are fed (with said appendages), and then things get really crazy. Like back-from-the-dead crazy. That's right- she's back and she wants payback. Ma Gnucci. Eighty-five pounds of hairless, armless, legless evil.

  • 8.0
    IGN - Daniel Crown Dec 10, 2008

    And in the end, that's what truly makes this story tick. The character at the heart of the tale, the illustrious Charlie Schitti, serves as the sole remnant of morality in an otherwise conscious-free world. He is dumb, but he's also easy to root for, making War Zone the first weekly comic in recent memory to actually hold my interest heading into its second installment. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Dec 9, 2008

    (Get your first look of Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon's return to the Punisher in CBR's preview of this issue!) Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matthew J. Brady Dec 9, 2008

    It's hard to tell how well this will all work as a story from this first issue, since it's all setup. Ennis is putting the pieces in place for a violent story, but he only barely gets started here. It's hard to say how good the series will be from this point, but Ennis can usually be counted on to deliver some enjoyable violence and good jokes. Dillon's art certainly helps; the two of them have done some really good work together, and that trend seems to continue here, with a standout image being a panel of a gangster's head vaporizing from a shotgun blast. The verdict is still out as to whether the series will be more like "Welcome Back, Frank" or the stuff that followed (a scene involving a monkey and some mutilated genitalia seems to indicate the latter), but I remain ever-hopeful. And since this is a weekly series, we won't have to wait too long to see. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Mar 26, 2008

    I want to say Avoid It, but it's still well written and newer readers will probably be impressed. Me, though? I kept waiting for something to happen to set this apart and was disappointed on every page because I've read this before. Read Full Review

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