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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (October 26, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785152083
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785152088
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #853,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Aaron is an Eisner and Harvey Award nominated comic book writer best known for the critically acclaimed crime series Scalped for Vertigo Comics and series such as Wolverine, Thor God of Thunder, Punisher MAX, Ghost Rider and Wolverine & the X-Men for Marvel Comics. He was born in Alabama but currently resides in Kansas City.

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Highly recommend the book for punisher fans.
K. Pereira
Want to impress your literature professor who forced you to read Tim O'Brien and Things Fall Apart, pick this up as a christmas present.
Alexander P.
That being said, Aaron's doing such a good job with the writing that the slip can be overlooked.
P. Dye

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Dye on October 14, 2011
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I've read this three times through now, as I find I'm still picking up little subtle nuances in "Bullseye" every time I read it.

Alexander's right. This is a very nice "veteran's narrative" set in the Punisher universe (I wouldn't exactly call it literary quality, though) - it reminds me quite a bit of "The Tyger" in the rarer "From First to Last" collection that told stories of Frank's young adulthood and briefly touched on his first and second tours in Vietnam. Everything else happening is sort of ancillary to the retrospective narrative.

If your main reason for reading MAX imprint GNs is the nonstop ultra-violence, sexual context, and nudity, this one's probably going to leave you a little flat. My suggestion if you're really into the storyline, is re-read "Valley Forge, Valley Forge" beforehand. It freshens things up.

My only gripe with the book is that Aaron's seemed to do an excellent job lately with tying his line in with Ennis', but there's a slip-up here. In this novel, not to spoil too much, Frank comes to terms that it's always been about his love of war, not necessarily *always* his need to punish. This *doesn't* mesh with the "dream" he had where he's grown "fat, old, slow and happy" (as well as being able to longingly remember the smell of his wife's hair) in what I believe was the opening of Long Cold Dark. In that novel, Frank claims to have only done one tour in Vietnam, and "they decided not to go to the park that day." That being said, Aaron's doing such a good job with the writing that the slip can be overlooked.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Durham HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on December 15, 2011
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Jason Aaron's run on PunisherMAX has been something special up until this point, and with this storyarc simply called Frank, Aaron goes overboard and gives us a psychological look at Frank Castle like we haven't had before. Remember reading Garth Ennis' Born and wishing that it went on just a little bit more after Frank told his family to "hold on tight"? We get that here, as Frank reminisces about those days after the war in Vietnam ended and he came home, leading up to that fateful day in the park that seemingly birthed The Punisher. All the while, Frank is in bad shape since his battle with Bullseye, and is recovering in the prison infirmary at Ryker's, and everyone wants to be the guy that put The Punisher down. Where as in the first two storyarcs, Kingpin and Bullseye, Aaron pulled out all the stops in terms of shocks, Frank is much more introspective and shockingly poignant. Jason Aaron has truly made Garth Ennis proud. Steve Dillon provides more great pencilwork as well, solidifying the fact that no one draws The Punisher better. All in all, Jason Aaron continues to nicely fill the shoes of Garth Ennis, and by the time his run is all wrapped up, who knows...he may go down as the only Punisher writer to stand on his own outside Ennis' shadow.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Pereira on May 12, 2012
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My husband loved the issue. He is looking forward to the next one. Highly recommend the book for punisher fans.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexander P. on October 14, 2011
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This is one of the greatest Vietnam War stories put to paper. I'm keeping it beside my copy of The Things They Carried. It's that worthy.

If you don't know by now, "FRANK" is the third collection of PunisherMAX comics written by Jason Aaron (Ghost Rider Omnibus) and illustrated by veteran Punisher artist Steve Dillon (Punisher by Garth Ennis Omnibus). With that said, you don't need to have read the first two volumes (KINGPIN & BULLSEYE). I'd go so far as to say you don't need to have read a comic book in your life to understand what's going on.

The book opens up with a quick explanation: This is Frank. He is the punisher. He is in jail. People want him dead. In the confines of the infirmary, and later his solitary confinement, Frank Castle reflects on what lead him down this violent, blood soaked path.

As the reader, I never felt like I was taking this trip down memory lane. The book isn't for me. This is Frank. He is reflecting on his adjustment to civilian life, whether or not you read the book. For the first time in his existence, The Punisher is as human as he'll ever be. His recallection of war, and his struggle to distance himself from it (even though he's home, physically as far away from the war as possible)... his experiences feel so natural that you almost feel as if you felt this way coming home from 'Nam.
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By Fluffy on July 6, 2013
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Part of the best punisher series I've ever read, highly recommended to any comic fan looking for some blood, gore and violence
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