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Essential Punisher - Volume 3 (v. 3) Paperback – January 21, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Essential
  • Paperback: 584 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (January 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078513073X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785130734
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Reaves TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 20, 2009
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This third collection of "Essential" Punisher stories is another good collection that has a few shining moments. For one thing, we get to see the Punisher interact with some great standard Marvel characters rather than just the usual drug dealers. Don't get me wrong, most of the stories here involve just the standard "Punisher versus druggies" storyline, but there are a few standout stories.

There is a Punisher/Moon Knight story that plays really well as you see the two differing styles come together to fight Madame Hydra and a radical new drug that has unusual side effects. The Punisher single-handedly takes on the Reavers here, hot off their "Mutant Massacre" attack. That story has a little too much of a "Robocop" feel to it as it progresses, but it's still good to see him face off against some super-powered bad guys.

Unfortunately, the book ends with a 6-part Jigsaw storyline that really kills the momentum of the book. It's obvious at that point that the series was just trying too hard, as the Punisher starts getting gadgets in the battle van he's never had before (fire-extinguishing foam hoses for traffic accidents, the ability to drive off a bridge and not blow out every tire and shock in his heavily-armored van, a motorcycle with a dash-mounted machine gun, etc). Add to that the fact that Jigsaw's return was treated more as an oddity than a serious threat and you get a horrible ending to an otherwise interesting series of stories.

I'm not sure if they'll take this collection to a volume 4, but if they do I hope the stories improve dramatically right off the bat or I probably won't even bother to finish it. This one is recommended for the beginning, but don't bother with the last storyline.
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I own all four Essential Punisher trades and I find that this is my favorite. I ready these stories over twenty years ago and reading them again as an adult i find they are the coolest thing.

The "Acts of Vengeance" issues are her, the team up with Moon Knight against the Viper is here and the run in with XMen villains the Reavers is as well, but my favorite arc is "Jigsaw Puzzle", which is still a cool read 23 years later.

An added bonus for me are the issues drawn by Savage Dragon creator Erik Larsen, his style still hasn't changed.

Check it out.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By The Z-Man on June 25, 2010
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Punisher Vol. 3 has some of the best storytelling that I've seen in the essentials line. Punisher didn't really take off until the late 80's, and by that time comics had history and a fan base, so actual --writers-- were penning the stories, and not guys like Stan Lee. (For everyone that comment pisses off, there will be two guys who thought it but were afraid to say it.) Most of the stories wrap up in one or two issues so it's easy to pick up every now and then. Comics today are invariably written in 5- or 6-issue arcs so they can be more easily collected in trade paperbacks. The storytelling's tight, the pencils are fantastic (maybe even better in black-and-white), and everyone has a rocket launcher in the back of their car. What are you waiting for?
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Mike Baron is the author of Helmet Head, Whack Job, Biker and Skorpio, four mind blowing novels that will change the way you feel about horror fiction.

Mike Baron broke into comics with Nexus, his groundbreaking science fiction title co-created with illustrator Steve Rude. He has written for Creem, The Boston Globe, Isthmus, AARP Magazine, Oui, Madison, Fusion, Poudre Magazine, Argosy and many others. Nexus is currently being published in hardcover by Dark Horse. Baron has won two Eisners and an Inkpot for his work on Nexus, now being published in five languages including French, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Baron's other creations include The Badger (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Badger_(comics)), Spyke, Feud, The Hook, and The Architect. The latter is available as a graphic novel from Big Head Press.

Baron's short stories have appeared in Masked, Blood Lite 2, the upcoming Blood Lite 3, and the June 2011 issue of Ellergy Queen's Mystery Magazine.

He lives with his wife Ann and some dogs in Colorado.

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