The Punisher gets a eulogy in the final issue of this superb series. Today I will be reviewing Punisher Max #22. Please leave a comment to let me know what you think.
Punisher Max #22
So let’s talk about the book. Nick Fury arrives at the morgue to identify the body of Frank Castle, the Punisher. After confirming that the Punisher is dead, Fury goes to Frank’s house where he proceeds to burn it down so that Frank’s memories and demons can be put to rest as well. He then proceeds to bury the body with the rest of Frank’s family. Elektra meets death as well as she is killed by her employer after being paralyzed by the Punisher. Meanwhile, Vanessa Fisk receives the ashes of her late husband, the Kingpin, which she flushes down the toilet. Unfortunately, later that night, she is visited by Fury as well and he leaves her with a bullet. Afterwards, Fury heads to the bar to drink to the memory of his friend. On the news, he hears reports of civilians rising up to take back their streets from criminals. All of them wearing Punisher insignias. And that’s the book.
So let’s talk opinions. Before I begin, a moment of silence for the end of a great title. OK. So what can I say about this issue? Sad. Very sad and fitting. This issue was just a nice ending touch to tie up any loose ends that were left. All of the main characters that were introduced were put to rest, so to speak. The Punisher dies but he leaves a legacy and his fight actually meant something. He wasn’t just a random vigilante. He inspired those around him to stand up and fight for what’s theirs. He might not have earned everyone’s respect, but he damn sure got the job done. In general, this series has been the best Punisher book I have ever read. It was also drawn with absolute consistency. Clean and simple but violently visual throughout the entire series. A really great job on art. The entire reinventing of some of the best Punisher enemies and supporting cast was incredible to watch. The language and carnage that was unleashed throughout the series was always a joy to behold. This was a Max book down to it’s very core. Nothing was ever held back. Nothing was taboo. There was no line that Jason Aaron was afraid to cross. He captured the tortured old soul of the Punisher perfectly. And I found it fitting that in the end, no one survived. Only Nick Fury, another old man fighting a never ending war, was left to clean up the garbage. 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. That’s my opinion folks. Take it or leave it.
A COMIC BOOK BLOG RATING
|a touching conclusion to the best Punisher title written in many years||its over|
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