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Punisher MAX: Born Paperback – February 21, 2007

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (February 21, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785110259
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785110255
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 0.2 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #538,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Darick Robertson is an American artist best known for his work as a comic book illustrator. Highly prolific, Robertson has illustrated hundreds of comics in his twenty plus years in the industry. His body of work ranges from science fiction characters of his own creation to headlining on renowned classic characters from Marvel and DC Comics. Robertson is best known as the co-creator and illustrator of the satirical comics TRANSMETROPOLITAN and THE BOYS.

2012 will debut new collaborations from Darick including HAPPY! with writer Grant Morrison, and OLIVER with writer Gary Whitta.

Darick currently lives in California with his wife and two children. When he's not drawing comics, which is almost all the time, he creates custom action figures, writes music, sings and plays guitar.

Original art for sale can be found at

* Special thanks to Joey and Sara at ComicVine for the interview video contained in this profile.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By VegaOmegan on July 9, 2007
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Frank Castle, the man who would one day be known as The Punisher, is on his third tour of duty in Vietnam when something terrible starts creeping into his psyche as his bloodthirsty nature gets the better of him in this trade paperback entitled BORN. I enjoyed it a lot, and I would love it if Garth Ennis took it upon himself to write more tales starring a younger Punisher who is still learning the ropes and coming to grips with who he is and what he will eventually become. BORN appealed to me because it centers around the notion that the death of Frank's family was not the catalyst that gave birth to The Punisher, but that the vigilante side has lurked beneath the surface ever since Frank's last tour in 'Nam, when he made a deal with something or someone that feeds on death and bloodshed. This allowed him to survive long enough to become the world's fiercest vigilante, but at a terrible price. I adore Robertson's art (check out Ennis and Robertson's other project The Boys for similar brilliance) and the covers of the individual issues by Wieslaw Walkuski are absolutely amazing. Punisher shows that even during his early years no one was safe from his wrath as he punishes Vietnamese and fellow soldiers alike in typically violent ways in trademark Ennis style. I loved the plot and the overall realization that some dark entity inspired the Punisher, and it makes for an interesting read at the end of the day. I gave it four stars because the comic turned out to be a tad more predictable than Ennis' ongoing Punisher MAX series, and it felt as if I had seen something like it before somewhere (a man in dire peril makes a deal with a devil or whatever to become something inhuman that serves the devil's needs, almost like Ghost Rider).Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By 8bitwordsmith on July 3, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Let me start off by saying that I love both Garth Ennis and the Punisher, and that Garth Ennis' 10-story run with the Punisher Max series is near perfection.

I read Born after finishing Punisher MAX Vol. 10: Valley Forge, Valley Forge (v. 10). I was apprehensive because Valley Forge, Valley Forge gave exactly the right amount of information about Castle's third tour in Vietnam, and that any additional info would take away from the mystery and fun of it (much like why the Star Wars prequels are so horrible). Alas, I read it anyway.

I have 3 big problems with Born:

#1: It takes away from the mystery we get in Valley Forge, Valley Forge. Yeah, it had a lot of recognizable moments: "There's that guy who collects scalps!" "There's Angel and his drug addiction!"... but none of those things actually add to the enjoyment. Also, it turns Stevie into a total wimp.

#2: It isn't Punisher. The Punisher has a code. He gets rid of the scum that pollute the world, not just anyone he feels like killing. So, when General Padden inspects his admittedly laughable platoon and threatens to send them all home... the Punisher gets him killed?! That ain't Frank Castle. In all of the other stories, when Frank makes a questionable kill, they always explain why the victims are guilty in Frank's eyes (see Dermot's rant at the end of Punisher MAX Vol. 6: Barracuda (v. 6)). General Padden was simply doing something Frank didn't want to happen: sending the troops home.

#3: It changes the entire concept of the Punisher: it changes who he is and it changes what motivates him.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Bukalski on December 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Ennis crafts a short (four issues or about 100 pages) examination of Frank Castle's time in Vietnam, cultimating in a particularly disastrous attack that only Frank survived. The carnage, while perhaps expected, certainly satisfies -- and the depiction of Frank's commanders as incompetents, while not uncommon in the Vietnam subgenre of war stories, resonates with the Punisher's attitudes.

Perhaps most interestingly, the story suggests that Frank accepted a kind of spirit into himself -- a spirit of killing -- and that he did so in Vietnam rather than after his family was killed.

Certainly worth having.

-- Julian Darius, (for the sophisticated study of comic books and graphic novels)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BlazingOwnager on April 3, 2012
Format: Paperback
I'm a pretty big fan of the Punisher Max series, but had put off reading this one for a while. I finally got around to it and yeah, I pretty much didn't like the story gimmick I was concerned about from the start, namely "the voice."

There's a few reasons it got me. For one, some of the dialogue given to it was very much supernatural in origin; hinting at being some kind of killer for countless time. This is in stark contrast with the gritty, non-supernatural feel of the Max series. Second, even if it was indeed Castle's own psychotic inner voice it ultimately rules him, rendering him a crazy killer; something again, at odds with his Max character for the rest of the run- it feels wildly out of sync with the Castle character and his motivations. The thing that keeps The Punisher as anti-hero is that he's cold and ruthless to those that deserve it; making him merely crave shooting people seems horrendously misguided.

Ultimately if this is taken as canon, it cheapens the character a lot and reduces him to a violence loving psychopath that would have traded anything for more killing, rather than the man-brought-low tragic character that he's usually presented as. The ironic part is, if you were to remove the voice entirely, the story would have been much stronger; he never /acts/ out of character, outside of this one "character", whatever it's nature is.

Anyway, that's my problem with the book. It's neat to see his 'nam tour and the whole thing would have been fine if they didn't make these disastrous choices.
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