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Punisher: Frank Castle Max - Six Hours to Kill Paperback – September 2, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Punisher
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (September 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785131825
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785131823
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #772,695 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Duane Swierczynski is the author of several crime thrillers, including the Edgar-nominated and Anthony Award-winning Expiration Date, as well the Charlie Hardie series (Fun & Games, Hell & Gone, Point & Shoot), which has been nominated for Anthony, Shamus, Macavity and Barry awards and optioned for TV. He currently writes Birds of Prey for DC Comics, Godzilla and the forthcoming Judge Dredd for IDW Comics, Bloodshot for Valiant Comics, and has written about the Punisher, Cable, the Immortal Iron Fist, Werewolf By Night, Black Widow and Deadpool for Marvel Comics. Duane has also collaborated with CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker on a series of bestselling "digi-novel" thrillers which include Level 26: Dark Origins, Dark Prophecy and Dark Revelations. In a previous life, he worked as an editor and writer for Details, Men's Health and Philadelphia magazines, and was the editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia City Paper. He lives in Philly. You can say "yo" to him at www.secretdead.com or twitter.com/swierczy.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By dishpandan on September 6, 2009
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There were no reviews for this item so I wanted to give it a little publicity. Punisher MAX has been a constantly strong title and this volume continues the quality after the departure of the previous creative team. While not as over the top, it is still in the same vein and if you liked those you'll probably like this. The plot was very fast paced and original. Recommended (but not for kids -- rated R).
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Pseudobyte on September 11, 2009
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Having followed Garth Ennis' run on Punisher MAX since day one, I have to say that I'm not impressed with the follow-up authors and their respective story arcs. However! I am a diehard Punisher fan so I can usually find SOMETHING to like in a gritty Punisher crime story even if it's not, overall, very much good. The editorial planning with regard to following what's considered a Definitive Run by the majority of fans, on the face of things, seemed to make sense and I can't really fault Axel Alonso (MAX Editor) for hiring a mini stable of established crime authors to contribute to the title after Ennis' departure. The authors being Gregg Hurwitz, Duane Swierczynski and Victor Gischler. Six Hours To Kill being Swierczynski's story, it's worth noting that I've heard nothing but good things about his crime novels like The Wheelman, The Blonde, and Severance Package. Also, I really enjoyed his Punisher: Force Of Nature one-shot and I'm currently following Cable, which Swierczynski is also writing, so I'd like to think I have a well-rounded opinion for the most part.

Six Hours To Kill starts normally enough with Frank Castle taking a trip to Philadelphia (which I suppose is worth noting as he's usually in New York) to take down a child slavery operation when he gets blindsided by some rather ambitious yuppies. Yes, yuppies. I can't think of a better word for them really.
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On a mission to take down a child slavery ring Frank Castle inhales a poisonous gas that will kill him in 6 hours - unless he submits to the whims of his would-be killers by taking on their mission and getting the antidote in return. Castle's response is what you would expect and faced with a mere 6 hours until his death, he resolves to take down as many bad guys as he can, while he can.

I felt that neither writer nor artist were the best choices for the character. At times in the story I was a bit confused with one of the sub-plots and wasn't sure how it tied into the central blackmailing-the-Punisher storyline. Also the artist didn't help by drawing the two different characters very similarly.

What I really enjoyed was the cover art by Dave Johnson. One of these adorns the cover of the book but it's the other covers included within that really caught my attention. I loved them so much I wish that they were A2 size and framed so I could hang them on my walls. Why couldn't he have illustrated the book instead?

That said, it wasn't a terrible book. The story, once it got going, was interesting enough if a bit convoluted and, by the end, predictable. There's also a one shot story at the end of the main one which was pretty good, about the Punisher putting some scumbags out to sea and letting them kill each other. What I realised with this story was that the best Punisher stories have little involvement with Frank until the end draws near and he appears like Death to finish the remaining criminals. This comic is a good example and shows mainly the villains of the piece slowly losing their minds with Frank sitting back until the end. It makes for a more interesting and less predictable read.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Derrick O'Rourke on September 30, 2009
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Pretty good read & an interesting situation to put Frank Castle in. What would he do if he only had a few hours to live? He'd do what he always does - kill bad guys! The drawbacks are that it's not as good as Ennis' Punisher and the one shot addition is only ok. What balances these out are the scenes where Frank has to be inventive to stay alive when he's drugged up. It's well worth a read.
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