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The Punisher Vol. 3: Franken-Castle Hardcover – December 1, 2010
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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.
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.Read more ›
1. Punisher Max: Omnibus
2. Punisher: Frankencastle
3. Gears Of War Volume 1
4. Gears Of War Volume 2
5. Wolverine: Old Man Logan
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
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thick and inclusive volume. The art is well-done, and the writing keeps the reader entertained, although it can be clunky at times.Published 13 months ago by Hannah
The weirdest tale ever! They should make this into an animated movie!Published 14 months ago by D. Paneris
Awesome comic book! Boyfriend was excited to see it.Published 18 months ago by Mackenzie Daschofsky
Very graphic, disappointing mess. Yes it's Punisher so gore is to be expected, but graphic dismemberment via Wolverine? Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
Good story, great artwork. This is a quick read and leaves you wanting more Punisher. Punisher fans will enjoy this.Published 19 months ago by ATCKaveman
The title alone is epic. A great story aboout a monster turned into a bigger monster.Published 20 months ago by William Gannon
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.Published on May 4, 2014 by Patrick Ponte
You cannot go wrong buying this book. It is a long story with a couple big twists, good writing, and fantastic artwork. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by Zalmorion the Fantastic