PunisherMax #5

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Steve Dillon Publisher: Marvel Max Release Date: March 10, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 2
8.9Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

“KINGPIN,” PART 5 Witness the birth of the Kingpin. And witness Frank Castle at his most desperate and brutal. The first arc of PUNISHERMAX concludes with death and murder and more death. Explicit Content …$3.99

  • 10
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Mar 13, 2010

    This arc is an instant classic. Is it the best Punisher arc ever? Probably not. However, the five issues within the arc tell an interesting story with compelling characters that will make you laugh and will make you cringe. To me, this is what a great Punisher arc is all about. I can't recommend the arc and this issue enough. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Mania - Chad Derdowski Mar 12, 2010

    And on that note, I’m going to go watch some cartoons. Maybe play with some Care Bears or something… PunisherMax is fantastic, but this storyline left me feeling like I bashed a sack of kittens against a wall. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matthew J. Brady Mar 9, 2010

    And this isn't the end, either. Kingpin has risen to power, but that's just all the better for Frank to take him down, although the issue ends with a teaser that shows he'll have his work cut out for him, with the arrival of another supervillain import, Bullseye. We'll see how well Aaron makes him work in this gritty world, but considering how well he's done so far, it's probably nothing to worry about. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex Evans Mar 12, 2010

    Forget that Frankencastle foolery. This is a Punisher comic. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Mar 14, 2010

    The first story arc of "Punishermax" has been a resounding answer to those that thought that Garth Ennis 'ruined' the Punisher for future writers, as Jason Aaron told an emotionally powerful and impactful story using, of all people, Wilson Fisk. And the story's not over as this issue concludes with a set-up for the next arc: "Bullseye." I can't wait. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Dan Phillips Mar 10, 2010

    I still worry about the book's identity and direction despite my enjoyement of this arc. Aaron never really made much of an effort to convince me he has a unique handle on Frank Castle, so unless Kingpin remains at the front and center of this run, I have a hard time seeing what he and Dillon hope to accomplish other than to flex their stylized muscles. I love watching Steve Dillon draw a guy's head splattering as much as the next guy, but I'd still like to see this series take on more of a subtext. Read Full Review

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