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The Punisher Vol. 1: Welcome Back, Frank Paperback

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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: 10 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #799,514 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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From the time I picked up this book and started reading I was just caught up in the Punisher's world.
A. Gajramsingh
Garth Ennis does a fabulous job depicting the punisher. it a book you can read over and over again (thats if you are a punisher fan).
Hilarious side characters like 'Detective Soap' and 'Spacker Dave', and a few serious side characters add to the story overall.
Michael Pappalardo

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20 of 23 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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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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11 of 12 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Y. on December 26, 2002
Format: Paperback
The Nineties can pretty much be written off for Punisher fans. Frank Castle became a shadow of his former self and was no longer the deadly force of vengeance that struck readers as both horrifying and sympathetic at the same time. He had for all intents and purposes become that party guest who overstayed his welcome. A combination of woeful creative teams and overexposure condemned the Punisher to mediocrity and not even an intriguing new "angelic" take on the character through the Marvel Knight imprint could breathe new life in him. Then along came Ennis and Dillon, the creative duo responsible for the most inspired comic series of the 1990's - Preacher. They approached Frank Castle in a way never seen before. They composed a narrative filled with a combination of irony, parody, and tongue-in-cheek humor that still maintained enough of the psychotic killer and man on a mission elements that long-time readers remembered from Punisher stories from decades past. This unusual approach makes for the most entertaining Punisher read in a long time. The material is not as strong as Ennis' and Dillon's work on Preacher, and the story is a little longer than it needs to be, but the end result is a complete revitalization of Marvel's most famous vigilante. The chase sequence through the zoo is particularly inspired but as with the Preacher series, it's the characters that make the story. Ma Gnucchi, Detective Soap, The Russian, Mr. Bumpo, Spacker Dave, and the lovable Joan all make strong and lasting impressions. If you haven't checked out Frank Castle for a while then perhaps it's time to welcome an old friend back by picking up this book.
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