Mark Desrosiers's Reviews > The Punisher MAX Presents: Barracuda

The Punisher MAX Presents by Garth Ennis
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Nov 26, 2011

really liked it
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Read in November, 2011

In the Punisher comics, Barracuda is a nutzoid Stagger-Lee type asshole, sex-crazed and gigantic, always smiling, one-eye lost, and those front teeth replaced by "F-U-C-K" in gold. In other words a villain who could easily become a likable antihero, and that's exactly what we get here. Garth Ennis takes this to the limit, with a Christopher Walken gangster fobbing his pencil-necked hemophiliac "heir" off on Barracuda in order to mess with some Latin American dictatorship. Plot includes a pedophile priest, a black transwoman named "Fifty" who partners with Barracuda, an ex porn star, a Ronald Reagan statue, and all manner of sexcapades, bloodbaths, and double-crossings. Contrived, yes, but still very delicious, and I'm surprised Barracuda doesn't have his own regular series.
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