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

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  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,583,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sean Rueter VINE VOICE on October 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
First off, for anyone who feels like the Punisher "needs" or "has to be" firmly grounded in reality, go read Garth Ennis' fantastic series from Marvel's Max line, starting with Punisher MAX, Vol. 1. If you can stomach a little more variety in your superhero fiction, or at least compartmentalize different versions of characters - buckle up, cause you're in for one hell of a ride.

There are a couple of distinct stories in Rick Remender's tale of Frank Castle killed and re-animated by magi-science. One is brilliantly illustrated by Tony Harris and Dan Brereton and exists mostly in its own corner of the Marvel universe, populated by the Legion of Monsters, the Man-Thing and their ilk. This is the classic tale of an anti-hero being somewhat reluctantly convinced to defend the downtrodden - shown through the prism of world where the anti-hero is an unstoppable killing machine, the convincing done by a subterranean mutant and the downtrodden represented by a lagoon creature and his spawn (among others). Then there is a story firmly rooted in the contemporary Marvel universe, complete with Wolverine, his son and the cross-over du jour. Decently rendered by a variety of artists in the Marvel house style, this was obviously not as big of a hit for me. Not bad, but not great.

What really makes both stories work, though, is the way that Remender weaves the motivations of the Frank Castle character into this scenario that seems so far away from his core. Everything in the larger Franken-Castle narrative still deals with the emotional shortcut of revenge, the ways that twists and contradicts obligations to family and how, like any other addiction, unquenchable a desire it is.

That it does so in a story where the protagonist rides a dragon to assault a castle full of Japanese monster hunters is just the radical icing on the cake of awesomeness.
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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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even after frank castle is killed in a fight with wolverine's son, he STILL won't stay down and is rebuilt as a Frankenstein style monster and is more ruthless than ever, this is my second favorite graphic novel and I highly recommend it to fellow marvel and fans punisher who enjoy the darker side of marvel, they'll enjoy this gore soaked nonstop action thrill ride, and I still pictured Ray Stevenson as the punisher in this since I loved his portrayal of frank castle in war zone. this is how I'd rank my top 12 favorite graphic novels

1. Punisher Max: Omnibus
2. Punisher: Frankencastle
3. Gears Of War Volume 1
4. Gears Of War Volume 2
5. Wolverine: Old Man Logan
6. Kick-Ass
7. Kick-Ass 2
8. Kick-Ass 3
9. Hellboy Volume 11
10. Hellboy Volume 12
11. The Losers Part 1
12. The Losers Part 2
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Format: Paperback
Rick Remender's take on the traditional Marvel Universe Punisher is one of the most creative and fun mainstream comic stories in recent years. I've heard some people had quibbles with Remender's unconventional take on the character (ie, reanimating him Franken-style after chopped into bits and dumped into the sewer) but you can't please everyone and to my knowledge Remender never claimed it was based on a true story. It's so rare in mainstream comics to see compelling "new" characters and this series blends two of them (the title character and Wolverine's son Daken) with beloved old school characters like the Legion of Monsters. Remender also uses the Punisher's origin story (the murder of Frank Castle's wife and children) in a touching and completely original way.
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