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The Punisher Vol. 1: Welcome Back, Frank Paperback – June 1, 2001

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (June 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785107835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785107835
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.5 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Garth Ennis is the award-winning writer of Hellblazer, Hitman, Punisher, Preacher, Pride and Joy and War Stories. He is much in demand for his hard-edged, wickedly humorous style.

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Hassan Galadari on July 2, 2001
Format: Paperback
...I have been an old Punisher, but I admit, not a big time fan. I knew his origins, his MO and what made the character tick. I had heard that he died and was then brought back to life when the Marvel Knights imprint first started. His comeback, however, was not just right. Angels? Divine guns coming out of his hands? I'd buy the guns from the hands bit, but actually having them be divine? This was not the character that made his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man 129 in February 1974. Though he still possessed the basic trait of the original, this Frank Castle lacked the attitude and drive of who he really was.
It didn't take long for him to grab his bearings though. Helmed by the creative team of Garth Ennis (who really is a cleverly insane British fellow) and Steve Dillon (a solemn artist that has a calm way to his art), the Punisher came back in a very strong sense of the manner. The great TPB collects, the hard to find, amazingly best-selling mini series that takes the Punisher back to his roots and truly establishes him to the status that he has achieved throughout the years in the Marvel Universe.
The TPB is a quick read of a grim story, that pits the Punisher against the Gnucci family headed by Ma Gnucci herself. The most appealing of the charcater of old was his weaponry. Chuck Dixon excelled in the use of real weapons and surveillance methods to knot things down. Garth is something else altogether. He just loves creating ways where Frank gets his way through the bad guys. These ways are so creatively horrid and unthinkable that they just leave you in awe and a little bit scared that a real person, in the form of Garth Ennis, that can think of such things is actually living among us. You actually admire Ennis's genius in that department.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brian C. Grindrod on December 25, 2004
Format: Paperback
Welcome Back, Frank is an appropriate title for this edition. Garth Ennis restores The Punisher to his former greatness. No more spiritual redemption nonsense. No more hypnotic spells or amnesia to turn him into a madman. This epic depicts the essence of Frank Castle: an urban vigilante who kills evil men and women.

While Ennis does bring his black humour from DC's Hitman to The Punisher, he does not, however, use the heavy satirical kind of in-your-face dialogue found in Preacher. Ennis wastes no time with the reintroduction of The Punisher in this trade paperback. In a sadistic but basic fashion, Frank Castle sends the message throughout the criminal world that he is back and playing for keeps. Enough to even make the Sopranos and the Corleones tremble in their shoes!

To flesh out Frank Castle as a character would be a monumental waste of effort on behalf of the writer. The Punisher is one dimensional and that is all there is to him. Scripting him otherwise would transform him into a poor man's Dirty Harry or Paul Kersey (Death Wish). Instead, Ennis creates a supporting cast around The Punisher that consist of outcasts, losers and loners within his environment. He gets the reader to accept these social rejects' oddities and eccentricities since we have all come across a few of them in varying degrees. From Joan the mousy recluse, Detective Soap to The Elite, they all form part of an extension of Ennis' societal critiques and clever human insight.

However, the book is not about The Punisher integrating within his new neighbourhood or making new friends. This is a story where murder, mayhem and mutilation takes precedence over all.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Denes on September 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
For a while, 'The Punisher' was a character in Marvel comics that really hit rock bottom with fans. In the 80's, the character had gained prominance with it's harsh, violent gun-toting look at vigilantism, but in the late 90's things weren't so good. Bounced from one boring, out-dated story to the next, Punisher was wasted.
That was until Marvel decided to reboot the series and allow the awesome team of writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon to helm a 12 issue mini-series. The two had worked on amazing titles like Hitman and the acclaimed Preacher series, and just as Marvel had hoped, brought the same magic to the pages of 'The Punisher'.
Collected in this trade paperback, this 12 issue story is a fun, exciting story that reminds fans why they so enjoyed the original Punisher stories to begin with.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zagnorch on May 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
I was somewhat enthused when I heard that Garth Ennis got the nod to write this new chapter in the life of my fave comic-book vigilante. I've enjoyed many of his previous works, and was hoping he'd do some great work on the revival of the Punisher. Fortunately, he didn't disappoint. Thanks in part to his scripts, he crafted an adventure that finally put Marvel's famed anti-hero back on top of the world of illustrated print. And if that wasn't enough, PREACHER & HELLBLAZER cohort Steve Dillon's also in on the action with the rendering!
This rejuvenated Punisher isn't quite as "Grim 'N Gritty" as you'll remember from his late 80's to mid-90's glory days, but the dark humor and strange moments more than make up for the lack of angst. There's several unbelievably bizarre situations (two of Punisher's kills in this collection are among the May 2001 Wizard magazine's list of comics' most absurd deaths), several off-the-wall supporting characters (an Ennis trademark), and death & destruction in spades. The violence is significantly toned down compared to PREACHER, HITMAN, or THE RIFLE BRIGADE. The really nasty stuff is implied more than actually shown- usually off-panel or in silhouette. I guess Marvel isn't quite ready to go "all-out" with this title like DC did with the recently-retired HITMAN. Oh well...
And of course, what would a Garth Ennis-penned epic be without the wacky supporting characters? Most of `em aren't quite as off-the-wall as Dogwelder or Arseface, but they're quite memorable none the less. There's the vigilante squad made up of Elite, a high society socialite; the low-rent-hero-of-the-downtrodden Mr. Payback; and the psycho ax-wielding Catholic priest The Holy.
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