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The Punisher MAX, Vol. 2 by Garth Ennis
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Jul 08, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

An old Irish mobster dies leaving behind warring Irish-related factions in New York's Hells Kitchen, a ragtag bunch of former IRA terrorists and new world gangsters, intent on tearing each other apart for unimagined riches. Caught in the crossfire is Frank Castle who gets roped in by Scotland Yard undercover ops whom he owes a favour. Let the bloodbath begin!

The book features a mainstay of Garth Ennis villains - the man with the horribly disfigured face. In Preacher it was the boy who failed to commit suicide by eating a shotgun bullet, in The Boys it was the supe who came back from the dead after getting pounded to death by fists, and in this book it's the IRA terrorist whose own bomb blew up in his face but somehow didn't kill him.

The different warring factions are played off against each other by Frank and the story moves at a swift, engaging pace with plenty of action and some interesting side stories of gangster life. I've read quite a few Garth Ennis books so I guessed the ending long before I read it but it's still funny to see it play out. Overall, a strong effort from Ennis if predictable at times, but definitely a good read and a fun outing for Frank fans.

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