Reviewed this week, in ascending order of awesome:
Ultimate Fallout #5
Flashpoint: Citizen Cold #3
War of the Green Lanterns: Aftermath #2
Flashpoint: Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #3
Fear Itself #5
Booster Gold #47
Flashpoint: Deadman and the Flying Graysons #3
Flashpoint: Emperor Aquaman #3
Morning Glories #11
New Avengers #15
Criminal: The Last of the Innocent #3
Punisher MAX #16
-LET’S TALK PUNISHER MAX
I adored Garth Ennis’ original 60-issue series of Punisher MAX. It was clear that Ennis was getting burned out on doing silly things with Frank Castle by the end of the previous, not-adults-only title. The move let him up the violence levels, but more importantly it set him free to put Frank in the middle of a warzone of his own making on the streets of New York. Even when he was facing over-the-top opponents the tone was still dead serious. I stopped reading after Ennis left. Frank didn’t have the same silent charm under anyone else’s words.
When news broke that the series would be relaunched with the Kingpin and Bullseye introduced, I was curious but apprehensive. I wasn’t familiar with Jason Aaron, but I was hearing good things. The first few issues didn’t match Ennis’ flavor, but unlike his other replacements he wasn’t trying to ape it either. It was a fresh and different take. So when I realized that Aaron had a story to tell in the space between Vietnam and the gunning down of Frank’s family, I was very excited. Even more exciting is that it worked. It’s a deeper layer of pain for the Punisher’s origin, and I couldn’t be happier about it.