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The Punisher Vol. 3: Franken-Castle Hardcover – December 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (December 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785147543
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785147541
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,607,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Rick Remender is the writer/creator of comics such as Fear Agent, The End League, Strange Girl, Black Heart Billy, Last Days of American Crime, Night Mary, and XXXombies. He is also the writer of Marvel's Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, Uncanny X-Force, Punisher, and Venom.

Outside of comics he has served as lead writer on EA/EPIC/PCF's Bulletstorm game and was a writer on the Electronic Arts hit game Dead Space . Prior to this, Remender served as an animator assistant on films such as The Iron Giant, Anastasia, Titan A.E., and Rocky and Bullwinkle.

During his time wrist grinding as an artist Rick penciled books such as The Last Christmas, Bruce Campbell's Man with the Screaming Brain and numerous issues of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while also inking books such as The Avengers and The Terminator . He has provided album covers and art for bands such as NOFX, 3 Inches of Blood, Lagwagon and No Use for a Name.

He taught storyboarding, animation and comic art at San Francisco's Academy of Art University for many years.

He and his tea-sipping wife, Danni, currently reside in Southern California with a beautiful baby girl, a giant baby boy and a monster known only as Lester Magoo.

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The superbly detailed and interesting art of the bulk of the book EASILY makes up for these two lapses.
Zalmorion the Fantastic
Rick Remender's take on the traditional Marvel Universe Punisher is one of the most creative and fun mainstream comic stories in recent years.
Tumbler
The second half of the book follows Frank as he attempts to hunt down his killer (Daken) in order to get revenge on him.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By GraphicNovelReporter.com on January 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Rick Remender plumbs the vaults of Marvel lore to produce a wholly original adventure for the Punisher, one that's as much raucous violence as it is an allegorical examination of the central conceit behind Frank Castle. After being brutally murdered and cut into pieces by Daken, the evil son of Wolverine, Castle's remains are reanimated by Morbius, the vampiric leader of the Legion of Monsters. Stitched back together, his limbs replaced with hydraulic machinery, he is reborn as a Frankenstein-like monster, right down to the bolts in his neck.

Marvel's monsters are being hunted down and exterminated by a group of ninjas, led by Robert Hellsgaard, himself a freakish creature of science. Hellbent on revenge after the murder of his family by werewolves, Hellsgaard created a heavily weaponized suit of armor to keep him alive. Now, pitted against Castle, the two fight for control of the Bloodstone, a magical artifact that bestows regenerative effects upon those who bear it.

Remender takes some very bold maneuvers with the Punisher franchise throughout the lengthy Franken-Castle storyline. On the surface, the premise is outlandish, but it works well by building off the history and characters within the Marvel universe. Mind you, this is not the Garth Ennis Punisher that exists within the MAX brand of comics; those adult volumes are steeped in realism and gritty violence. This is quite squarely the Punisher of the mainstream Marvel Universe, where Frank Castle rests comfortably alongside the X-Men and Spider-Man, where magic, myth, and monsters are all tangible subjects and tools for storytelling. This Frank Castle is just as likely to take on mafia sleaze or a superpowered, murderous mutant.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By HJ Louw on November 30, 2010
Format: Hardcover
A host of Punisher fans out there would certainly scream bloody murder if they ever heard a title featuring Frank Castle described as 'lighthearted', and before reading this book, I would have been one of them. However, writer Rick Remender (The End League) and fan-favorite artist Tony Moore (The Walking Dead, The Exterminators) bring their fun-filled sense of mayhem from their title Fear Agent over to Marvel by introducing us to....Franken-Castle! The name says it all.

During this story readers will thrill to the startling transformation of The Punisher into an unstoppable force of undead wrath, and somehow this all leads back to Wolverine's homicidal son Daken, otherwise known as Dark Wolverine. Who are the league of monsters and what did they have to do with the resurrection of Frank Castle after a seemingly fatal encounter with Norman Osborn's right hand man? And how will Frank's new powers and updated arsenal strike fresh terror into the hearts of the underworld? Buy this book and find out! It's a fantastic accomplishment, and takes the Punisher in directions never seen before. Tony Moore's art leaps off the page, and his action sequences are especially well done. There's a wild sense of kinetic fury to most of his panels, and Rick Remender delivers a twisted story filled with horrific revelations and encounters between The Punisher and a wide assortment of foes. This is by no means a comic that aspires to be literature, so buy it ONLY if you're interested in pure visceral FUN. Not all the art is by Tony Moore, though. John Romita Jr as well as some other artists draw some of the stories, and their stuff is almost as good as Tony's. Almost, but not quite.

This beautiful hardcover edition comes highly recommended, and with a whopping 340 odd pages you get a magnificent story complimented by masterful art from a creative team that were born to make comics.
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By Patrick Ponte on May 4, 2014
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This is not your typical Punisher story but it's good none the less. Traditionalists need not apply, this storyline is more alternate universe then official cannon material.
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You cannot go wrong buying this book. It is a long story with a couple big twists, good writing, and fantastic artwork.

In all honesty, there are only two weaker sequences in this book, which change art styles and incorporate some useless and corny dialogue. The art in one sequence is stiffer and less detailed. The art in the second is very odd, like a blurry Norman Rockwell painting. Oddly enough--and thank god--the subpar art in these sections does not last long and the story is good enough to keep you reading.

The superbly detailed and interesting art of the bulk of the book EASILY makes up for these two lapses. A lot of love and care was put into the depiction of these characters and settings.

And the tale of Frank's rebirth as a monster is riveting, violent, and touching (at times). I thought it might be corny and comedic, but it is not. There are funny moments, like the Japanese monster hunters' cry of war (HA!!!), but very few. The Legion of Monsters angle is treated with respect. The main villain is interesting and believable. The interweaving of Frank's recent past, the villain's tragic past with Dracula, and monster issues from Japan is done very well, and is thoroughly entertaining. Very good story.

The fight sequences between the monsters and monster hunters, Frank and Dark Wolverine, Frank and Wolverine, etc. are so engrossing that they are EACH worth the price of admission here! And you get a lot of great fights here, folks.

BUY THIS BOOK. Especially if you are a Punisher fan or a monster fan. Nearly perfect graphic novel here.
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