Punisher #56

Writer: Garth Ennis Artist: Goran Parlov Publisher: Marvel Max Release Date: April 9, 2008 Critic Reviews: 2
8.6Critic Rating
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Eight men who know exactly who Frank Castle is...and how to fight him. Eight men who know that, no matter what they throw at him, he won't fire back. A Special Forces Squad has been tasked to bring him down, by all means necessary.

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Apr 8, 2008

    I do want to say, though, that the prose portions of the story are amazing. This issue covers an interview with a tank commander who was vaguely involved with the hell that gave birth to Frank. It's wonderfully believable, and I can't praise enough Ennis' choice to give us a character who isn't the standard Hollywood stereotype of the Viet Nam vet. The emotions on the page as he listens to the recording of the calls for help are real. It's powerful stuff, and I pity the writer picked to follow up this run. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Apr 9, 2008

    If only Ennis were given a more flashy artist for his grand finale. Goran Parlov's pages are as competent as always, regardless of shifts in setting or timeline. Aside from that, nothing about Parlov's style is very impressive. I accepted the need for Ennis to rotate regular artists on past arcs to maintain a brisk shipping schedule. However, Parlov will have drawn 10 issues in a row by the time Ennis takes a bow, not even counting his work on the Barracuda mini-series. Surely Marvel could have found someone with more pizazz for this final arc. Had they done so, I could easily see this arc scoring in the 9 range. Everything about the script reminds me why I fell in love with his Punisher in the first place. Read Full Review

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