Punisher: War Zone #5
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Punisher: War Zone #5

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Marco Checchetto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 27, 2013 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 14
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Greg Rucka's powerful run comes to an end. It's time for the Punisher to face his punishment.

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Gregg Katzman Feb 27, 2013

    This issue comes as a double-edged sword. On one end, it's a stellar conclusion to Rucka's run with Frank and a wonderful way to end the story. On the other end, it's the end of Rucka's run and that's something to be sad about! It certainly ends on a very interesting note and I'm very anxious to see if Marvel is crafting a follow-up to this conclusion. He's leaving the character(s) with a lot of potential and I would love to see the story continue. Regardless, this is definitely a must read for any Punisher fan out there. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Aug 6, 2013

    This was a fabulous issue, and a brilliant way to end Rucka's run on Punisher, and will miss it. I would highly recommend this issue, as well as both this series and Rucka's entire run as it's been a truly wonderful ride, and he's created some of the best Punisher stories ever. I am now going to wait to see when Frank will next appear besides in the Thunderbolts. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comicosity - Matt Santori Feb 28, 2013

    When this series began, I was deeply skeptical that I could find much of anything in the character of the Punisher to warrant adding it to my collection. Rucka proved, as always, that his ability to find the root of these deeply damaged figures and illuminate exactly what makes them tick would win me over. Both Castle and Cole-Alves have taken up permanent lodging in my brain, and their mission, greater than either of them individually, resonates with me in a way I could never have imagined prior to this run. Bravo to comics that still probe deeply, think hard, and read as if they were always meant to end the way they have. Bravo to Rucka on a deeply sophisticated take on a character I once believed to be one of the least sophisticated in the medium. Your continued contribution to Frank, and to Marvel in general, will be deeply missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.7
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Mar 3, 2013

    Regardless of how poorly Marvel has managed the surrounding factors, this remains an excellent ending to Punisher: War Zone and to Greg Rucka's overall run with the character. I will be pissed if this all never gets collected into an omnibus, because it unquestionably deserves to be. This has easily been one of the all-time best runs for the Punisher, rivalled only by Garth Ennis' long and expansive tenure with the character. It should be required reading for anyone with even the remotest interest in the Punisher. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Mar 4, 2013

    Some of you may be reading this review after missing Rucka's fantastic run; or you may have even just caught the end of it all. Well, I strongly recommend that if this is the case for some of you then you get buying the rest of the run. It will be money well spent I assure you. This is how Frank was meant to be written. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Stephen Hardman Feb 28, 2013

    It was with a little sadness that I read this comic book, as I knew it was potentially the last time I would read the Punisher, as written by Greg Rucka. However my sadness was overwhelmed by my joy at the brilliance of the damn thing. Buy this essential comic and seek out the back issues or the trades. Marine, that's an order. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Mar 4, 2013

    While we don't know what's next for the Punisher, it's not the last time bad guys will face the wearer of the white skull shirt as they are looking down the barrel of gun. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Feb 27, 2013

    Punisher: War Zone was a bumpy ride, but Rucka proves with this issue why he needs to be counted as one of the most important contributors to Frank Castle's legacy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    X-Man's Comic Blog - x-man75 Mar 2, 2013

    This comic...  First things first.  What does Greg Rucka have against Tony Stark!?  Punisher has OWNED Tony for this entire mini!  I mean yeah, Tony is arrogant and all, but if this was your introduction to that character you'd wonder how he ever defeated the likes of Blizzard, let alone the Mandarin!  Sheesh!  So here's the thing...  I'm of two minds with this mini-series.  It was enjoyable.  It was a good read.  Action-packed, fun, all of that.  However, it was HORRIBLE at portraying the Avengers.  They were a bunch of clueless goofs!  So while the Avengers fan in me cringed at the way they looked in this mini, the comic fan in me enjoyed this mini...  Strange... Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Mar 4, 2013

    And the big problem this book has ultimately is Frank still is an absence of a character rather an a compelling lead " he may get his shots in, but this book has been all about the guest stars. Still, this series in general has been way better than it had any right to be, and I'd gladly read an Avengers reunion with this creative team any day of the week. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Feb 27, 2013

    Carmine Di Giandomenico's art is as fluid and graceful as ever. When Punisher: War Zone #5 looks good, it really looks good. There are times when the line work can feel a bit muddled and incomplete, but gorgeous coloring by Matt Hollingsworth helps smooth out the rougher moments. Still, the best coloring in the word can't save some of the action scenes at the issue's end, which have strange and confusing flow. This issue is a solid end to an amazing run, but still not quite the heights we expected. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Mar 4, 2013

    In the end, Rucka has certainly left the Marvel Universe with a deeper definition of the Punisher, including new characters, but he also leaves behind a pair of shoes that the next writer of Frank Castle doesn't really stand a chance to fill. For me, the Punisher's story has wrapped up. Sure, there will be more adventures featuring Frank Castle, but they are going to have a hard time measuring up to what Rucka has delivered. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Mar 1, 2013

    Written by Greg RuckaArt by CaPunisher: War Zone hasn't quite been on the same level as Rucka's colonless Punisher, but this concluding issue is the best of the bunch. The writing and art are the best we've seen these past five issues, but there are still a few missteps that hold this conclusion back from being something truly great.rmine Di Giandomenico Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    One Quest - Chris Cobb Mar 1, 2013

    Punisher War Zone comes to a close, after 5 issues Frank Castle has a full on confrontation with the Avengers. And well it was alright. This was easily the best of the 5 issue series, but still pretty low when compared to other books. The Greg Ruka run of Punisher got a ton of praise, and it's a shame that this finale to that story didn't live up to that. Read Full Review

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