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The Punisher MAX by Garth Ennis
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Sep 20, 2010

it was amazing

A great comic book that stands with some of the great Vietnam War movies. It is one of the best representations of/meditations on the time, the countries, and the War I have ever seen/read.
Garth Ennis, a superb author who normally writes dark comedy, provides an insightful (well-researched) look into a particularly horrific (fictional) battle, as well as a look into the psyches of a couple of Marines.
As a wannabe screenwriter AND comic book scripter, I think this story provides an excellent example of plotting for both formats. Originally a four-issue mini-series, the first issue can be taken as the first act of a film. The second and third issues provide the second-act bridge between beginning and climax. The fourth issue provides the horrific and overwhelming climax, as well as a disturbing denouement.
A would-be writer should hope to be half as adept as Ennis at providing a well-structured plot along with good characterization and well-researched political/historical insights.

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