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The Punisher MAX, Vol. 5 (The Punisher, Volume VI: MAX #9-10)

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Barracuda's back! The most dangerous foe the Punisher has ever faced has found a chink in his enemy's armor, one even Frank Castle himself doesn't know about. Heart full of blackest hate and loving every minute of it, he's out to crush the vigilante to pulp - and take his time over killing what remains.
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published June 17th 2009 by Marvel
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Jul 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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Barracuda's back! Oh and he's pissed off. Round 2 of 'Cuda and The Punisher. That's good enough for 4 stars there.
Throw in the fantastic 'Valley Forge, Valley Forge' Story to complete Volume 5 (and in fact, Ennis' run on Punisher) and you've got 5 stars of greatness. This story deals with the beginnings of Frank Castle in Vietnam, what he survived there, and ties into what's happening to him now. Throw in some very well written political commentary mirroring Iraq/Afghanistan to Vietnam [and show
TJ Shelby
Aug 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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How does Garth Ennis keep doing this? Great Barracuda storyline and Ennis also gets in a good 6 issue arc diatribe against the Vietnam War and the similarities to the Bush Iraq strategies.
Jun 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Garth Ennis concludes his epic run on Punisher MAX with two excellent chapters. These stories get to the true heart of Frank Castle and the Punisher.

"Thirty years since I'd known the terror of bring a parent." That's something you don't learn until you have your own kid(s).

The first story is a rematch between Barracuda and Punisher. It's a violent, bloody, brutal affair with very personal stakes. The setup is a little iffy but the resultant story and character development of Castle is worth the
Mark Desrosiers
Jun 05, 2011 rated it liked it
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Sometimes I wonder how Frank Castle isn't hobbling around with a tinfoil hat and a walker -- dude's survived so many crazy beatdowns you'd think he'd sprinted airborne out the collapsing South Tower with twelve survivors on his shoulders -- and here he is letting the most hilarious MacGuffin ever (hint: it's the Punisher's drugged-up BABY!) put him at war with the Barracuda. Again. Fight of the century, and I gotta say there's one cool life-passing-before-thine-eyes sequence in the climax here t ...more
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The only Punisher stories you really need to read are those from the Max series by Garth Ennis published between 2004 and 2008. No white booties, no superheroes, no teary breakdowns at the graves of his family- just hardcore, wholesale slaughter. I might have a teary breakdown remembering how great these stories were.
CJ Louis
Jan 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is amazingly written and drawn, the story is well thought out and put together. I really respect that the story follows a timeline and does not change to allow things in. Once I picked the first issue up I could not put it back down, I had to keep reading. This was time well spent and I recommend this series to all comic book fans and non fans.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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5 stars for the brilliant noir as f**k Long, Cold Dark Night storyline.
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Really good volume.
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Ennis began his comic-writing career in 1989 with the series Troubled Souls. Appearing in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed British anthology Crisis and illustrated by McCrea, it told the story of a young, apolitical Protestant man caught up by fate in the violence of the Irish 'Troubles'. It spawned a sequel, For a Few Troubles More, a broad Belfast-based comedy featuring two supporting ch ...more
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