Punishermax #22
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Punishermax #22

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Steve Dillon Publisher: Marvel Max Release Date: February 8, 2012 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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JASON AARON’S and STEVE DILLON’S seminal run on PUNISHERMAX comes to an end! DO NOT MISS the Punisher story you’d never thought you’d read!

  • 10
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 11, 2012

    Aaron's Punisher run is a classic. It can never match Garth Ennis' run but as an epilogue to Ennis' run it works perfectly. Aaron includes a letter at the back of the issue to explain his story and how it came about and I found it to be a great pitch that he executed to perfection. Castle faces his greatest adversary, Fisk, as Aaron brings the character down to his lowest point before he drags himself out of the void to fight back. Read the run to see how it ends. You will not be disappointed. Read Full Review

  • 10
    A Comic Book Blog - Victor Kutsenok Feb 16, 2012

    If you missed any part of this series, and you are a Punisher fan, then you have missed one of the best hard core Punisher stories of all time. RIP Punisher Max. You will be missed and mourned. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Feb 12, 2012

    "Punishermax" ends on a near-perfect final issue. In telling the rise and fall of Wilson Fisk, Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon also exposed Frank Castle in ways no one expected, leading to the only fitting conclusion: his death. This final issue struggles to say what that death means and, ultimately, it doesn't mean anything. Frank Castle killed thousands of people and died in the process. The war is over. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Feb 10, 2012

    I don't know if this conclusion also signals a folding of the MAX tent altogether, but I'd have no problem with that, really; Marvel's never put the marketing muscle behind the concept to make it work as its own line, and now that its first unequivocal success since Alias has finally wrapped up (after over a hundred issues, once you throw in all the miniseries), I'd say it's time. And full credit to Aaron and Dillon: given the challenge of writing a coda worthy of Ennis' epic, they've succeeded to a degree I'd not have expected. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Outer Realm Comics - M S R Feb 11, 2012

    It's a funny feeling to see such a well-written book end in such restrained fashion. In this instance, readers are as much a part of the entire process as the creative team, and it works to the finale's benefit. This is the chance for the unconverted to pick up the series in entirety, once the trades arrive; or perhaps collect it in floppy form at a discount from the back issue bin. Hats off to Aaron and co. for consistently delivering quality tales for the last two years; without a doubt, it's the end of an era. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 8, 2012

    The final pages explore how the idea of the Punisher persists beyond Frank Castle, but they come across as a little too hackneyed and unbelievable to be truly effective. PunisherMAX #22 is an effective send-off in terms of the principal characters, but on a larger, more thematic level, it could have aimed higher. Read Full Review

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