The Punisher, Volume 1: Black and White

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The Punisher, Volume 1: Black and White [Download] ➺ The Punisher, Volume 1: Black and White By Nathan Edmondson – Polishdarling.co.uk For years the Punisher waged war on crime in New York, but a lead on a major source of drugs, weapons and has set his sights due west Frank Castle is in the City of Angels, taking on the powerful Dos For years the Volume 1: PDF ´ Punisher waged war on crime in New York, but a lead on a major source of drugs, weapons and has set his sights due west Frank Castle is in the City of Angels, taking on the powerful Dos Sols gang but when he discovers their newest weapon, it s bad newsfor him Now the Punisher must duke it out with AIM even as the Dos Sols takeover of LA begins and war breaks out The Punisher, eBook Ï in the streets Will the city burn, or can Frank fight fire with fire And even if Frank can overcome AIM and the Dos Sols, can he escape the tightening noose of the Howling Commandos Collecting The Punisher.


About the Author: Nathan Edmondson

Comic book and Volume 1: PDF ´ screenwriter Nathan Edmondson is a native of Augusta, GA His Eisner nominated book Who Is Jake Elliswill soon be a major motion picture from th Century Fox, and The Activity film will come soon from Paramount Pictures NPR has listed his work among the Top Comics to Draw You In and USA Today and CNN are among those who have listed him in their Top lists Nathan currently lives near Los Angeles, The Punisher, eBook Ï USA.



10 thoughts on “The Punisher, Volume 1: Black and White

  1. Anne Anne says:

    My son made me read this.I m not really a fan of Punisher titles too violent, too bleak , but my teenager loves this shit Probably because it s violent and bleak This is one of those titles that I think mostly appeals to guys Yes, there are lots of chicks who read this I assume , but its target audience has lots of testosterone And call me crazy, but I ve noticed that guys have a much different idea of revenge than girls.From personal experience The Hubs sons seem to gravitate toward My son made me read this.I m not really a fan of Punisher titles too violent, too bleak , but my teenager loves this shit Probably because it s violent and bleak This is one of those titles that I think mostly appeals to guys Yes, there are lots of chicks who read this I assume , but its target audience has lots of testosterone And call me crazy, but I ve noticed that guys have a much different idea of revenge than girls.From personal experience The Hubs sons seem to gravitate toward the Revenge Fantasy stuff that s hyper violent, and puts the bad guy enemy out of commission quickly and brutally.Boom Done.Whereas, my girls I tend to gravitate towards Revenge Fantasies that while still brutal play the long game.10 years from now your life will be in shambles, bitch And then I ll be coming after you in earnestHonestly, I m not saying that one is worse, but I d personally rather have a guy pissed at me.Whatever My point is that Frank Castle is the character that even my non violent guy friends like I don t get it, butSo He s after some bad dudes selling drugs which just doesn t get me all that pissed Sorry in Los Angeles The cast of characters includes Frank s friend connection in the armed forces who sells him military grade weapons, his friend police officer who starts to think his way makes sense, and this wounded coyote b c he needs an animal, child, or prostitute to make him seem slightly human His villains are the best thing about this book, imho.Electro, Domino, and the Howling Commandos Plus, the random drug lord dudes Everyone is coming at him, and with the elite Howling Commandos on his trail, it s only a matter of time before it all catches up to him Dum, dum, dummm Recommended for Punisher Fans


  2. Jeff Jeff says:

    More than any comic I read, I probably go into a volume of the Punisher with the lowest of expectations Why He s a vigilante He s angry He kills bad guys in a variety of clever and not so clever ways Bang You re dead It s not a difficult formula to screw up or so you would assume.Years ago, Playstation magazine used to provide a disc that would allow you to preview and play games that were soon to be on sale One of the games included on this particular disc was a first person shooter b More than any comic I read, I probably go into a volume of the Punisher with the lowest of expectations Why He s a vigilante He s angry He kills bad guys in a variety of clever and not so clever ways Bang You re dead It s not a difficult formula to screw up or so you would assume.Years ago, Playstation magazine used to provide a disc that would allow you to preview and play games that were soon to be on sale One of the games included on this particular disc was a first person shooter based on The Punisher How exciting Right My then youngish son was, Dad, it s the Punisher, from the comics This ll be great Well, the game play consisted of Frank Castle infiltrating a mob stronghold and going from room to room shooting his way through For the survivors of this mayhem, you had the option of either knocking them out or shooting them in the back of the head, gangland style, then going floor to floor until you got to the top of the twelve story building Rinse and repeat Being the responsible and selfish parent that I am, I kept playing, going from room to room, upping the body count to the dozens, until my son said, Dad, this game is terrible Let s play Mario Cart Pfft and le sigh But the kid was right, another sucky superhero video game masquerading as a sucky first person shooter In this volume, the Punisher is in Los Angeles, trying to avert some sort of villainous catastrophe, because the Avengers don t have the time The bad guys even bring in Electro, who s gone from wearing that goofy zappy star costume to having blue skin just like in the crappy movie He gets to knock out the Punisher a few times each time, it s an excuse to run a view panels of the notorious picnic massacre scene of his family as a reminder to readers as to why he s really angry and tres edgy.So the Punisher gets knocked out twice, shot a few times, breaks a bunch of ribs, dislocates his shoulder, shoots a dozen or so bad guys and saves a coyote puppy Plus explosions Boom and Meh Pretty standard fare.There s also a group of soldiers calling themselves the Howling Commandos that s sacrilege who are hunting Castle down and a very cool, but short appearance by Domino, my other imaginary superhero girlfriend The joys of playing a crappy Hulk game I ll leave for my next Hulk review


  3. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    I was leery about this arc of The Punisher changing authors and storylines, but I feel that it was pretty successful in keeping the tone I liked with the Rucka run, without it being an exact copy I didn t veer into the realm of ultra violence either what I was really nervous about Edmondson continues to write Castle as a driven man who isn t afraid of using violence, but with his own rigid code of morality I did miss Rachel Cole Alves though.Castle has set his operations up on the West Coas I was leery about this arc of The Punisher changing authors and storylines, but I feel that it was pretty successful in keeping the tone I liked with the Rucka run, without it being an exact copy I didn t veer into the realm of ultra violence either what I was really nervous about Edmondson continues to write Castle as a driven man who isn t afraid of using violence, but with his own rigid code of morality I did miss Rachel Cole Alves though.Castle has set his operations up on the West Coast, and targeted a series of violent gangs who have declared a war against the city of Los Angeles Castle adopts a wounded coyote which was a nice touch He also has a set of allies who help him out in the ways he needs it There are a few fun cameos I really appreciated They don t step outside of the tone of the series, so that s good.The artwork is well done, different from the last run, but I still enjoyed it They capture the grim nature of Castle and convey his dead seriousness about his vocation I have to say I kind of have a soft spot for the Punisher that has been restored after the travesty of the movie Punisher War Zone.I have to say that I am satisfied and will keep reading the new Punisher series


  4. James DeSantis James DeSantis says:

    This was actually pretty fun Frank is on a new mission to kill baddies, nothing new there However, he meets a Super villain on his hunt and let s just say this one has a certain spark to him that Frank might not be able to handle On top of that you got a rag tag group of Mercs after Frank and this time the Punisher might have met his match What works here is Frank is actually pretty funny Brooding but not always, with a lot of good lines and actually shows he cares at points The art is on This was actually pretty fun Frank is on a new mission to kill baddies, nothing new there However, he meets a Super villain on his hunt and let s just say this one has a certain spark to him that Frank might not be able to handle On top of that you got a rag tag group of Mercs after Frank and this time the Punisher might have met his match What works here is Frank is actually pretty funny Brooding but not always, with a lot of good lines and actually shows he cares at points The art is on point, with some really cool gun fights and use of coloring here I also enjoyed the pacing as it was super quick paced I mean it s not a work of art but for pure entertainment, this is one of the better Punisher comics I read A 3.5 out of 5 I ll round it to a 4


  5. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    This year s Marvel NOW relaunches have been pretty amazing She Hulk, Ghost Rider, Ms Marvel, Loki, Magneto and Silver Surfer are all brilliant new titles with fresh takes on old characters Unfortunately The Punisher isn t one of them That s not to say Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads story of Frank Castle in LA sucks but it s definitely not up there with the others I mentioned How s this for an original plotline Frank hunts down drug dealers If mob guys are Frank s 1 target, drug dea This year s Marvel NOW relaunches have been pretty amazing She Hulk, Ghost Rider, Ms Marvel, Loki, Magneto and Silver Surfer are all brilliant new titles with fresh takes on old characters Unfortunately The Punisher isn t one of them That s not to say Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads story of Frank Castle in LA sucks but it s definitely not up there with the others I mentioned How s this for an original plotline Frank hunts down drug dealers If mob guys are Frank s 1 target, drug dealers are a close second and feature in a ton of Punisher comics But wait, these ones want to blow up Los Angeles with a bioweapon for some reason And Electro s in this because oh, and the Howling Commandoes are after Frank because You get the idea this first story arc is pretty much all setup with no payoff The many plot threads Edmondson establishes don t go anywhere, at least not for now, leading to a pretty disappointing reading experience Take Electro, a character whose MO is that he doesn t have an MO Like in the piss awful Amazing Spider Man 2 movie, Electro shows up for no reason and goes after the hero for no reason Lots of crackly blue colours on the page that look pretty but he doesn t seem to have any motivation to do anything he s doing But let s be honest he s not here for things only boffins care about like motivation , he s here because he s in a new movie and Marvel want you to know who he is Ditto the Howling Commandoes who show up to shoot guns at Frank and little else Invested in this plot yet So what about the main villain, the non descript Mexican drug baron dude who wants the bioweapon to blow up LA What do you think does he succeed And anyway, why does he want to blow up LA with a bioweapon We never find out Oh, character motivation, where art thou I appreciated that Edmondson didn t take too long to establish Frank s character as I think pretty much everyone reading this has read a Punisher comic before and or knows his backstory former military dude whose family is killed by the mob and decides to wage unending war against all bad guys now and forever A few panels of silent flashback are all Edmondson does while his military past is glossed over in passing By the way, the Vietnam era Frank is long gone, killed off by Jason Aaron in his outstanding Punisher MAX series, replaced with a 40 ish Frank who s a vet of an un named war, conveniently making him ageless It s an interesting move to make Frank and the Punisher two separate people to the outside world Previously everyone knew Frank Castle was the Punisher dude never wore a mask so of course people would know whereas this Punisher wears a skull mask so his identity is secret, maybe the only aspect of his character that has anything in common with other Marvel superheroes And the fact that the LAPD not to mention the public actually like the Punisher was a realistic element to throw in he does help them out when they re getting shot at and he s doing their job for them, taking the bad guys off the streets, albeit farbrutally Like Edmondson s other Marvel book, Black Widow, the formerly cold main character gets a pet Natasha got a cat, Frank gets a coyote To humanise them, right I guess it works, though how a wild animal gets domesticated so quickly is a tad unrealistic Not only does he get a pet but I noticed Frank smiling or not grimacing, to beaccurate which was a surprise His image really is getting rehabilitated Unlike Black Widow though where Phil Noto s fantastic art made up for Edmondson s pretty ok script which remains pretty ok here too , Mitch Gerads art isn t as remarkable It s certainly not bad, it just lacks the wow factor that makes you sit up and really pay attention I did like the way he switched perspectives in the first chapter, I think it was the second page, where Frank and the dealers fall into the water and Frank s talking about not knowing which way was up and swims downwards which turns out to be up and immediately draws the reader into the page but for the most part, while the book doesn t look bad, there weren t many images that stayed with me The first Marvel NOW Punisher book is just an ok Punisher story It s essentially the right character and Edmondon s added a few small, interesting new elements to establish this is his take, but it s also a pretty average Punisher story, undistinguished from the majority that ve gone before though safely below the heights of the Ennis and Aaron runs I would ve preferred aself contained story for a first book rather than what feels like a lot of setup for the next volume or two, but it could ve been a lot worse and it s certainly readable and entertaining at times While not of the same quality as the other 2014 Marvel NOW releases, it s worth a look if you re a Punisher fan but don t expect the same kind of fresh take on Frank that Silver Surfer and Ms Marvel received


  6. Gavin Gavin says:

    Wow Nathan Edmondson is writing some really good stuff right nowJake Ellis, Black Widow, and now the Punisher.Punisher is one of those guys like Wolverine who is really hard to get right on, because if you miss, it just won t work.A big tweak here that allows Frank to change a bit but in a useful way I d to switch From NY to LA Luckily, that doesn t mean that it s all sunshine beaches and boobs It s called Black and White for a reason It s the costume, which is modern combat rather than Wow Nathan Edmondson is writing some really good stuff right nowJake Ellis, Black Widow, and now the Punisher.Punisher is one of those guys like Wolverine who is really hard to get right on, because if you miss, it just won t work.A big tweak here that allows Frank to change a bit but in a useful way I d to switch From NY to LA Luckily, that doesn t mean that it s all sunshine beaches and boobs It s called Black and White for a reason It s the costume, which is modern combat rather than black jumpsuit with White Shitkickers It s also the covers, which also have a bit of green teal to them, and they are great, by Mitch Gerads who also does the art for the whole book I loved the covers, and I was quite fond of the art as well It has something in common with David Aja s Hawkguy style, especially the colour palette, but Gerads is not as rough I liked Aja s rough, but Gerads is a littlefully drawn in, line work and such I suppose I d say But there s something similar about the two, and that s meant as a compliment to Gerads, who I don t think I ve come across before.Frank also has a very cool Skull balaclava, or really lame depending on your POVI liked it, as it gives him just a bitanonymity I suppose, which accounts for how Frank can operate in a new town and still eat at a diner He s got a military contact here, Tuggs, who keeps him outfitted, a supply Sgt I think, which makes sense as opposed to just having some dude Of course, Frank also gets a pet, like Clint in Hawkguy, but Frank has to be tougher, so it s a goddamned Coyote This Frank is still driven, focused, and on a mission, but Edmondson writes him having just the slightest hint of a personality as well, which is welcome He chats with the diner cook and a female cop who eats there as well, and shows something resembling a sense of humour, a nice twist.The monologuing thought boxes cover the theory of the Punisher, who exists to take on criminals too big for the police but too small for the Superheroes, which I think is a good wheelhouse He also discusses the shock that affects you after a major trauma, and how you need to push through it, but afterwards, you won t want to die you want to live to make those evil ones pay Also mentioning that after that sort of pain, nothing else can hurt you to that level ever again, which gives you a valuable weapon like numbness, which I can personally relate to Sadly, it is true for me, and I worry I am desensitized to things after the trauma that I survived, but it also does make you strong in a different way The final ethos of Frank is a paraphrased version of the famous Edmund Burke quotation The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing I think it works perfectly here, and for the Punisher in general, making him less psychotic or sociopathic as he has been in other and earlier incarnations, even if it is Frank s self justification, it works, and I think is readily acceptable to those who sympathize with him or his cause.Plot wise, there s a Cartel that takes a new sort of chemical weapon from AIM, and plans to unleash it on LA Frank is going to stop them, even if he doesn t know what the weapon actually is There s also the appearance of a familiar supervillain who s in league with AIM and the Cartel, and has a particular dislike of Frank In addition to that, Frank has the new Howling Commandoes on his tail, who have orders to execute with extreme prejudice There sgoing on here, and even the Commandoes note that We even have another character appear briefly, but in a crucial moment role, though this character isn t happy about it We leave Frank in a precarious spot, a very solid cliffhanger that makes me want to get my library to order Vol 2 NOW


  7. Katiria Katiria says:

    Review The Punisher, Volume 1 Black and White on Kati s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews yes I decided I wanted to givegraphic novels a try, because I absolutely loved and enjoyed Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer So I really wanted to read a Marvel graphic novel and give it a chance and see if I would really love and enjoy them And I will tell you all the truth I really don t know a lot of the Marvel universe but I have seen a super heroes Review The Punisher, Volume 1 Black and White on Kati s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews yes I decided I wanted to givegraphic novels a try, because I absolutely loved and enjoyed Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer So I really wanted to read a Marvel graphic novel and give it a chance and see if I would really love and enjoy them And I will tell you all the truth I really don t know a lot of the Marvel universe but I have seen a super heroes movies Which I really need to seeof them But I still had a couple ofmoney left that I received for my birthday, so I decided to buy a couple of graphic novels As you can see that I bought The Punisher first volume because I absolutely love the 1989 Punisher movie with Dolph Lundgren as Frank Castle and I highly loved the 2004 Punisher movie with Thomas Jane as Farnk Castle I actually saw the 2004 Punisher film at the movies theaters with my dad who is a big fan if The Punisher films he especially loves the marvel universe movies as well But when I first saw this graphic novel at BAM s I had too get it because I love the films so I had a real good feeling I was so going to love this graphic novel And I am so glad and happy that I bought this amazing graphic novel, it was everything that I wanted it too be I just loved and enjoyed everything about it The plotline which it was real easy to follow, the graphics was absolutely amazing and I absolutely love and enjoyed the writing style After I read the major cliffhanger ending in this Vol I need to buy the last two Vol of The Punisher, because I need to know and learn what happens next to Frank Castle All and all I absolutely loved and enjoyed everything of The Punisher, Volume 1 Black and White that I can t wait to get the other Vol s soon I will probably get them during the holidays Ha


  8. Judah Radd Judah Radd says:

    Justof that good Punisher we ve all come to love.Badass shootouts, righteous murder, one liners, brooding, and lot s of punishing Also, brooding.I dug it I especially enjoyed the random inclusion of a supervillain and a mutants They seemed out of place in the grounded Punisher world of drug dealers and stuff but that made their presence all thefun I really like the aesthetic, especially with Frank s badass, super tactical special forces style gettup It makes sense for him to Justof that good Punisher we ve all come to love.Badass shootouts, righteous murder, one liners, brooding, and lot s of punishing Also, brooding.I dug it I especially enjoyed the random inclusion of a supervillain and a mutants They seemed out of place in the grounded Punisher world of drug dealers and stuff but that made their presence all thefun I really like the aesthetic, especially with Frank s badass, super tactical special forces style gettup It makes sense for him to wear that while killing people by the dozens.I loved the art here Mitch Gerads definitely knows how to do military style combat Everything looked and felt perfect.This series rules, but maybe I m just a sucker for the Punisher Naaa it rules


  9. Drown Hollum Drown Hollum says:

    This is California flavored Punisher So get your head around that before opening this baby The style is different, the dialogue is less Eastwood, andprime time, and we re dealing with cartels, not mafia A lot of Rucka s ideas come across with street level villains being real dark badasses, but Ennis timeless take on the character is pretty distant at this point, and that might make it hard for some die hards to swallow Gerards art is amazing here, and a great fit to both the setting This is California flavored Punisher So get your head around that before opening this baby The style is different, the dialogue is less Eastwood, andprime time, and we re dealing with cartels, not mafia A lot of Rucka s ideas come across with street level villains being real dark badasses, but Ennis timeless take on the character is pretty distant at this point, and that might make it hard for some die hards to swallow Gerards art is amazing here, and a great fit to both the setting and Edmunson s scripting The plot has the perfect number of moving pieces to create a consistent intrigue, distracting us from the generally all purpose Frank story i.e killing various organized crime because reasons There are some really charming human elements that harken back to the great Punisher volumes past, such as Loot, Officer Sam, and bacon maple donuts, that make this book very readable, and a totally serviceable torchbearer to the Punisher legacy Marvel Now has been a pretty satisfying relaunch, and its nice to see The Punisher handled by someone well suited to his types of stories


  10. Quentin Wallace Quentin Wallace says:

    I dont fear death, Electro That s a weakness of MEN I m the PUNISHER Another great Punisher tale This one has Frank in L.A battling drug cartels, who bring in Electro as an enforcer I ve always liked stories where the Punisher battled super villains rather than just run of the mill criminals, so this one I especially enjoyed He also has a mercenary force on his tail, the Howling Commandos, and this volume ends on quite the cliffhanger Great story and art that fits well, I m sure any Pun I dont fear death, Electro That s a weakness of MEN I m the PUNISHER Another great Punisher tale This one has Frank in L.A battling drug cartels, who bring in Electro as an enforcer I ve always liked stories where the Punisher battled super villains rather than just run of the mill criminals, so this one I especially enjoyed He also has a mercenary force on his tail, the Howling Commandos, and this volume ends on quite the cliffhanger Great story and art that fits well, I m sure any Punisher fan will enjoy this volume


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10 thoughts on “The Punisher, Volume 1: Black and White

  1. Anne Anne says:

    My son made me read this.I m not really a fan of Punisher titles too violent, too bleak , but my teenager loves this shit Probably because it s violent and bleak This is one of those titles that I think mostly appeals to guys Yes, there are lots of chicks who read this I assume , but its target audience has lots of testosterone And call me crazy, but I ve noticed that guys have a much different idea of revenge than girls.From personal experience The Hubs sons seem to gravitate toward My son made me read this.I m not really a fan of Punisher titles too violent, too bleak , but my teenager loves this shit Probably because it s violent and bleak This is one of those titles that I think mostly appeals to guys Yes, there are lots of chicks who read this I assume , but its target audience has lots of testosterone And call me crazy, but I ve noticed that guys have a much different idea of revenge than girls.From personal experience The Hubs sons seem to gravitate toward the Revenge Fantasy stuff that s hyper violent, and puts the bad guy enemy out of commission quickly and brutally.Boom Done.Whereas, my girls I tend to gravitate towards Revenge Fantasies that while still brutal play the long game.10 years from now your life will be in shambles, bitch And then I ll be coming after you in earnestHonestly, I m not saying that one is worse, but I d personally rather have a guy pissed at me.Whatever My point is that Frank Castle is the character that even my non violent guy friends like I don t get it, butSo He s after some bad dudes selling drugs which just doesn t get me all that pissed Sorry in Los Angeles The cast of characters includes Frank s friend connection in the armed forces who sells him military grade weapons, his friend police officer who starts to think his way makes sense, and this wounded coyote b c he needs an animal, child, or prostitute to make him seem slightly human His villains are the best thing about this book, imho.Electro, Domino, and the Howling Commandos Plus, the random drug lord dudes Everyone is coming at him, and with the elite Howling Commandos on his trail, it s only a matter of time before it all catches up to him Dum, dum, dummm Recommended for Punisher Fans


  2. Jeff Jeff says:

    More than any comic I read, I probably go into a volume of the Punisher with the lowest of expectations Why He s a vigilante He s angry He kills bad guys in a variety of clever and not so clever ways Bang You re dead It s not a difficult formula to screw up or so you would assume.Years ago, Playstation magazine used to provide a disc that would allow you to preview and play games that were soon to be on sale One of the games included on this particular disc was a first person shooter b More than any comic I read, I probably go into a volume of the Punisher with the lowest of expectations Why He s a vigilante He s angry He kills bad guys in a variety of clever and not so clever ways Bang You re dead It s not a difficult formula to screw up or so you would assume.Years ago, Playstation magazine used to provide a disc that would allow you to preview and play games that were soon to be on sale One of the games included on this particular disc was a first person shooter based on The Punisher How exciting Right My then youngish son was, Dad, it s the Punisher, from the comics This ll be great Well, the game play consisted of Frank Castle infiltrating a mob stronghold and going from room to room shooting his way through For the survivors of this mayhem, you had the option of either knocking them out or shooting them in the back of the head, gangland style, then going floor to floor until you got to the top of the twelve story building Rinse and repeat Being the responsible and selfish parent that I am, I kept playing, going from room to room, upping the body count to the dozens, until my son said, Dad, this game is terrible Let s play Mario Cart Pfft and le sigh But the kid was right, another sucky superhero video game masquerading as a sucky first person shooter In this volume, the Punisher is in Los Angeles, trying to avert some sort of villainous catastrophe, because the Avengers don t have the time The bad guys even bring in Electro, who s gone from wearing that goofy zappy star costume to having blue skin just like in the crappy movie He gets to knock out the Punisher a few times each time, it s an excuse to run a view panels of the notorious picnic massacre scene of his family as a reminder to readers as to why he s really angry and tres edgy.So the Punisher gets knocked out twice, shot a few times, breaks a bunch of ribs, dislocates his shoulder, shoots a dozen or so bad guys and saves a coyote puppy Plus explosions Boom and Meh Pretty standard fare.There s also a group of soldiers calling themselves the Howling Commandos that s sacrilege who are hunting Castle down and a very cool, but short appearance by Domino, my other imaginary superhero girlfriend The joys of playing a crappy Hulk game I ll leave for my next Hulk review


  3. Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) says:

    I was leery about this arc of The Punisher changing authors and storylines, but I feel that it was pretty successful in keeping the tone I liked with the Rucka run, without it being an exact copy I didn t veer into the realm of ultra violence either what I was really nervous about Edmondson continues to write Castle as a driven man who isn t afraid of using violence, but with his own rigid code of morality I did miss Rachel Cole Alves though.Castle has set his operations up on the West Coas I was leery about this arc of The Punisher changing authors and storylines, but I feel that it was pretty successful in keeping the tone I liked with the Rucka run, without it being an exact copy I didn t veer into the realm of ultra violence either what I was really nervous about Edmondson continues to write Castle as a driven man who isn t afraid of using violence, but with his own rigid code of morality I did miss Rachel Cole Alves though.Castle has set his operations up on the West Coast, and targeted a series of violent gangs who have declared a war against the city of Los Angeles Castle adopts a wounded coyote which was a nice touch He also has a set of allies who help him out in the ways he needs it There are a few fun cameos I really appreciated They don t step outside of the tone of the series, so that s good.The artwork is well done, different from the last run, but I still enjoyed it They capture the grim nature of Castle and convey his dead seriousness about his vocation I have to say I kind of have a soft spot for the Punisher that has been restored after the travesty of the movie Punisher War Zone.I have to say that I am satisfied and will keep reading the new Punisher series


  4. James DeSantis James DeSantis says:

    This was actually pretty fun Frank is on a new mission to kill baddies, nothing new there However, he meets a Super villain on his hunt and let s just say this one has a certain spark to him that Frank might not be able to handle On top of that you got a rag tag group of Mercs after Frank and this time the Punisher might have met his match What works here is Frank is actually pretty funny Brooding but not always, with a lot of good lines and actually shows he cares at points The art is on This was actually pretty fun Frank is on a new mission to kill baddies, nothing new there However, he meets a Super villain on his hunt and let s just say this one has a certain spark to him that Frank might not be able to handle On top of that you got a rag tag group of Mercs after Frank and this time the Punisher might have met his match What works here is Frank is actually pretty funny Brooding but not always, with a lot of good lines and actually shows he cares at points The art is on point, with some really cool gun fights and use of coloring here I also enjoyed the pacing as it was super quick paced I mean it s not a work of art but for pure entertainment, this is one of the better Punisher comics I read A 3.5 out of 5 I ll round it to a 4


  5. Sam Quixote Sam Quixote says:

    This year s Marvel NOW relaunches have been pretty amazing She Hulk, Ghost Rider, Ms Marvel, Loki, Magneto and Silver Surfer are all brilliant new titles with fresh takes on old characters Unfortunately The Punisher isn t one of them That s not to say Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads story of Frank Castle in LA sucks but it s definitely not up there with the others I mentioned How s this for an original plotline Frank hunts down drug dealers If mob guys are Frank s 1 target, drug dea This year s Marvel NOW relaunches have been pretty amazing She Hulk, Ghost Rider, Ms Marvel, Loki, Magneto and Silver Surfer are all brilliant new titles with fresh takes on old characters Unfortunately The Punisher isn t one of them That s not to say Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads story of Frank Castle in LA sucks but it s definitely not up there with the others I mentioned How s this for an original plotline Frank hunts down drug dealers If mob guys are Frank s 1 target, drug dealers are a close second and feature in a ton of Punisher comics But wait, these ones want to blow up Los Angeles with a bioweapon for some reason And Electro s in this because oh, and the Howling Commandoes are after Frank because You get the idea this first story arc is pretty much all setup with no payoff The many plot threads Edmondson establishes don t go anywhere, at least not for now, leading to a pretty disappointing reading experience Take Electro, a character whose MO is that he doesn t have an MO Like in the piss awful Amazing Spider Man 2 movie, Electro shows up for no reason and goes after the hero for no reason Lots of crackly blue colours on the page that look pretty but he doesn t seem to have any motivation to do anything he s doing But let s be honest he s not here for things only boffins care about like motivation , he s here because he s in a new movie and Marvel want you to know who he is Ditto the Howling Commandoes who show up to shoot guns at Frank and little else Invested in this plot yet So what about the main villain, the non descript Mexican drug baron dude who wants the bioweapon to blow up LA What do you think does he succeed And anyway, why does he want to blow up LA with a bioweapon We never find out Oh, character motivation, where art thou I appreciated that Edmondson didn t take too long to establish Frank s character as I think pretty much everyone reading this has read a Punisher comic before and or knows his backstory former military dude whose family is killed by the mob and decides to wage unending war against all bad guys now and forever A few panels of silent flashback are all Edmondson does while his military past is glossed over in passing By the way, the Vietnam era Frank is long gone, killed off by Jason Aaron in his outstanding Punisher MAX series, replaced with a 40 ish Frank who s a vet of an un named war, conveniently making him ageless It s an interesting move to make Frank and the Punisher two separate people to the outside world Previously everyone knew Frank Castle was the Punisher dude never wore a mask so of course people would know whereas this Punisher wears a skull mask so his identity is secret, maybe the only aspect of his character that has anything in common with other Marvel superheroes And the fact that the LAPD not to mention the public actually like the Punisher was a realistic element to throw in he does help them out when they re getting shot at and he s doing their job for them, taking the bad guys off the streets, albeit farbrutally Like Edmondson s other Marvel book, Black Widow, the formerly cold main character gets a pet Natasha got a cat, Frank gets a coyote To humanise them, right I guess it works, though how a wild animal gets domesticated so quickly is a tad unrealistic Not only does he get a pet but I noticed Frank smiling or not grimacing, to beaccurate which was a surprise His image really is getting rehabilitated Unlike Black Widow though where Phil Noto s fantastic art made up for Edmondson s pretty ok script which remains pretty ok here too , Mitch Gerads art isn t as remarkable It s certainly not bad, it just lacks the wow factor that makes you sit up and really pay attention I did like the way he switched perspectives in the first chapter, I think it was the second page, where Frank and the dealers fall into the water and Frank s talking about not knowing which way was up and swims downwards which turns out to be up and immediately draws the reader into the page but for the most part, while the book doesn t look bad, there weren t many images that stayed with me The first Marvel NOW Punisher book is just an ok Punisher story It s essentially the right character and Edmondon s added a few small, interesting new elements to establish this is his take, but it s also a pretty average Punisher story, undistinguished from the majority that ve gone before though safely below the heights of the Ennis and Aaron runs I would ve preferred aself contained story for a first book rather than what feels like a lot of setup for the next volume or two, but it could ve been a lot worse and it s certainly readable and entertaining at times While not of the same quality as the other 2014 Marvel NOW releases, it s worth a look if you re a Punisher fan but don t expect the same kind of fresh take on Frank that Silver Surfer and Ms Marvel received


  6. Gavin Gavin says:

    Wow Nathan Edmondson is writing some really good stuff right nowJake Ellis, Black Widow, and now the Punisher.Punisher is one of those guys like Wolverine who is really hard to get right on, because if you miss, it just won t work.A big tweak here that allows Frank to change a bit but in a useful way I d to switch From NY to LA Luckily, that doesn t mean that it s all sunshine beaches and boobs It s called Black and White for a reason It s the costume, which is modern combat rather than Wow Nathan Edmondson is writing some really good stuff right nowJake Ellis, Black Widow, and now the Punisher.Punisher is one of those guys like Wolverine who is really hard to get right on, because if you miss, it just won t work.A big tweak here that allows Frank to change a bit but in a useful way I d to switch From NY to LA Luckily, that doesn t mean that it s all sunshine beaches and boobs It s called Black and White for a reason It s the costume, which is modern combat rather than black jumpsuit with White Shitkickers It s also the covers, which also have a bit of green teal to them, and they are great, by Mitch Gerads who also does the art for the whole book I loved the covers, and I was quite fond of the art as well It has something in common with David Aja s Hawkguy style, especially the colour palette, but Gerads is not as rough I liked Aja s rough, but Gerads is a littlefully drawn in, line work and such I suppose I d say But there s something similar about the two, and that s meant as a compliment to Gerads, who I don t think I ve come across before.Frank also has a very cool Skull balaclava, or really lame depending on your POVI liked it, as it gives him just a bitanonymity I suppose, which accounts for how Frank can operate in a new town and still eat at a diner He s got a military contact here, Tuggs, who keeps him outfitted, a supply Sgt I think, which makes sense as opposed to just having some dude Of course, Frank also gets a pet, like Clint in Hawkguy, but Frank has to be tougher, so it s a goddamned Coyote This Frank is still driven, focused, and on a mission, but Edmondson writes him having just the slightest hint of a personality as well, which is welcome He chats with the diner cook and a female cop who eats there as well, and shows something resembling a sense of humour, a nice twist.The monologuing thought boxes cover the theory of the Punisher, who exists to take on criminals too big for the police but too small for the Superheroes, which I think is a good wheelhouse He also discusses the shock that affects you after a major trauma, and how you need to push through it, but afterwards, you won t want to die you want to live to make those evil ones pay Also mentioning that after that sort of pain, nothing else can hurt you to that level ever again, which gives you a valuable weapon like numbness, which I can personally relate to Sadly, it is true for me, and I worry I am desensitized to things after the trauma that I survived, but it also does make you strong in a different way The final ethos of Frank is a paraphrased version of the famous Edmund Burke quotation The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing I think it works perfectly here, and for the Punisher in general, making him less psychotic or sociopathic as he has been in other and earlier incarnations, even if it is Frank s self justification, it works, and I think is readily acceptable to those who sympathize with him or his cause.Plot wise, there s a Cartel that takes a new sort of chemical weapon from AIM, and plans to unleash it on LA Frank is going to stop them, even if he doesn t know what the weapon actually is There s also the appearance of a familiar supervillain who s in league with AIM and the Cartel, and has a particular dislike of Frank In addition to that, Frank has the new Howling Commandoes on his tail, who have orders to execute with extreme prejudice There sgoing on here, and even the Commandoes note that We even have another character appear briefly, but in a crucial moment role, though this character isn t happy about it We leave Frank in a precarious spot, a very solid cliffhanger that makes me want to get my library to order Vol 2 NOW


  7. Katiria Katiria says:

    Review The Punisher, Volume 1 Black and White on Kati s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews yes I decided I wanted to givegraphic novels a try, because I absolutely loved and enjoyed Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer So I really wanted to read a Marvel graphic novel and give it a chance and see if I would really love and enjoy them And I will tell you all the truth I really don t know a lot of the Marvel universe but I have seen a super heroes Review The Punisher, Volume 1 Black and White on Kati s Bookaholic Rambling Reviews yes I decided I wanted to givegraphic novels a try, because I absolutely loved and enjoyed Wires and Nerves by Marissa Meyer So I really wanted to read a Marvel graphic novel and give it a chance and see if I would really love and enjoy them And I will tell you all the truth I really don t know a lot of the Marvel universe but I have seen a super heroes movies Which I really need to seeof them But I still had a couple ofmoney left that I received for my birthday, so I decided to buy a couple of graphic novels As you can see that I bought The Punisher first volume because I absolutely love the 1989 Punisher movie with Dolph Lundgren as Frank Castle and I highly loved the 2004 Punisher movie with Thomas Jane as Farnk Castle I actually saw the 2004 Punisher film at the movies theaters with my dad who is a big fan if The Punisher films he especially loves the marvel universe movies as well But when I first saw this graphic novel at BAM s I had too get it because I love the films so I had a real good feeling I was so going to love this graphic novel And I am so glad and happy that I bought this amazing graphic novel, it was everything that I wanted it too be I just loved and enjoyed everything about it The plotline which it was real easy to follow, the graphics was absolutely amazing and I absolutely love and enjoyed the writing style After I read the major cliffhanger ending in this Vol I need to buy the last two Vol of The Punisher, because I need to know and learn what happens next to Frank Castle All and all I absolutely loved and enjoyed everything of The Punisher, Volume 1 Black and White that I can t wait to get the other Vol s soon I will probably get them during the holidays Ha


  8. Judah Radd Judah Radd says:

    Justof that good Punisher we ve all come to love.Badass shootouts, righteous murder, one liners, brooding, and lot s of punishing Also, brooding.I dug it I especially enjoyed the random inclusion of a supervillain and a mutants They seemed out of place in the grounded Punisher world of drug dealers and stuff but that made their presence all thefun I really like the aesthetic, especially with Frank s badass, super tactical special forces style gettup It makes sense for him to Justof that good Punisher we ve all come to love.Badass shootouts, righteous murder, one liners, brooding, and lot s of punishing Also, brooding.I dug it I especially enjoyed the random inclusion of a supervillain and a mutants They seemed out of place in the grounded Punisher world of drug dealers and stuff but that made their presence all thefun I really like the aesthetic, especially with Frank s badass, super tactical special forces style gettup It makes sense for him to wear that while killing people by the dozens.I loved the art here Mitch Gerads definitely knows how to do military style combat Everything looked and felt perfect.This series rules, but maybe I m just a sucker for the Punisher Naaa it rules


  9. Drown Hollum Drown Hollum says:

    This is California flavored Punisher So get your head around that before opening this baby The style is different, the dialogue is less Eastwood, andprime time, and we re dealing with cartels, not mafia A lot of Rucka s ideas come across with street level villains being real dark badasses, but Ennis timeless take on the character is pretty distant at this point, and that might make it hard for some die hards to swallow Gerards art is amazing here, and a great fit to both the setting This is California flavored Punisher So get your head around that before opening this baby The style is different, the dialogue is less Eastwood, andprime time, and we re dealing with cartels, not mafia A lot of Rucka s ideas come across with street level villains being real dark badasses, but Ennis timeless take on the character is pretty distant at this point, and that might make it hard for some die hards to swallow Gerards art is amazing here, and a great fit to both the setting and Edmunson s scripting The plot has the perfect number of moving pieces to create a consistent intrigue, distracting us from the generally all purpose Frank story i.e killing various organized crime because reasons There are some really charming human elements that harken back to the great Punisher volumes past, such as Loot, Officer Sam, and bacon maple donuts, that make this book very readable, and a totally serviceable torchbearer to the Punisher legacy Marvel Now has been a pretty satisfying relaunch, and its nice to see The Punisher handled by someone well suited to his types of stories


  10. Quentin Wallace Quentin Wallace says:

    I dont fear death, Electro That s a weakness of MEN I m the PUNISHER Another great Punisher tale This one has Frank in L.A battling drug cartels, who bring in Electro as an enforcer I ve always liked stories where the Punisher battled super villains rather than just run of the mill criminals, so this one I especially enjoyed He also has a mercenary force on his tail, the Howling Commandos, and this volume ends on quite the cliffhanger Great story and art that fits well, I m sure any Pun I dont fear death, Electro That s a weakness of MEN I m the PUNISHER Another great Punisher tale This one has Frank in L.A battling drug cartels, who bring in Electro as an enforcer I ve always liked stories where the Punisher battled super villains rather than just run of the mill criminals, so this one I especially enjoyed He also has a mercenary force on his tail, the Howling Commandos, and this volume ends on quite the cliffhanger Great story and art that fits well, I m sure any Punisher fan will enjoy this volume


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