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Sunday, January 8, 2012

Punisher Issue 7: The String

It was a busy week and so my only work on my ongoing Punisher obsession has been to aggregate the reviews.  Once again, the majority are positive, but there are definitely some dissenters out there.  I loved issue 7 and thought it brought more depth to the story and the characters.  I look forward to more from this series.

Here is what others thought.  [additional links will appear in the comments]

Weekly Comic Book Review (Grade B)

Comic Book Resources (4/5 stars)

CraveOnline ( 8.6/10) ("One of the 5-10 books at Marvel that I’m still enjoying is The Punisher")

iFanboy review by grassman (Story 5/5; Art 5/5)

Multiversity Comics (9.0/10.0)

Damn Good Comics ("Over the past six months, writer Greg Rucka has managed to make the Punisher interesting again . . .")

Never Iron Anything (10/10)

Henchmen 4-Hire (3/5: alright!)

Modern Myth Media (A)

IGN (9/10)

CBR (4/5 stars)

Comic Vine (5/5 stars)

League of Comic Geeks [aggregator of reviews like Rotten Tomatoes for movies] (100% positive reviews)

Don't hate the Geek (List of Top Picks of the Week)

Punisher: The War Room (C-)

Vasegurt's Review of Comic Culture ("This issue follows two detectives trying to clean up the Punisher’s mess, and it may be the best chapter in the series so far")

Weedbeater's Comic Reviews (4/5)


  1. And another view:

    The Weekly Crisis (Verdict - Must Read) ["It may be the first week of January, but I'm prepared to call this a very early contender for issue of the year. "]

  2. And another:

    Trench Reynolds ("Comic of the Week")

  3. The reviews keep rolling in and I try to keep track of them:
    The Outhouse ("I think this was probably the best issue of Rucka's run so far, mainly because if kind of felt like an issue of Gotham Central, but with Batman switched out for Punisher")

  4. And another fine review:

    Newsarama (8 out of 10) [review by David Pepose]

    "In a lot of ways, it's been an odd choice of Rucka's, to spend so much time looking at Frank Castle from the outside rather than from within. This issue, however, shows that he has some serious brass ones that he's not afraid to clank up and down the street. Who needs the Punisher when you can set up the chase? Even though our hero is largely absent — and almost completely a mystery — Rucka's still giving us plenty of reasons to root for him."

  5. A few more reviews

    The Geek Grind Blog (B+)

    cx!!!pulp (4.5/5; Highly Recommended)

    Complete Marvel Reading Order (9/10)

    Punisher: Body Count podcast ("48:48 Bullet Points - We review Punisher MAX #21 and Punisher #7. Tears are shed as we near the end of the MAX run, but we still find things to bitch about, like Vanessa becoming the new queen of New York via King of the Hill-style tactics. In Greg Rucka’s comic, Jake and I argue about decompression and artistic license again, proving why you can’t have a math guy running a podcast with a liberal arts major.")

    read/RANT ("It hasn’t made the leap from good to great that I’d hoped it would after those first two issues, but it also hasn’t made the fall from good to mediocre I feared it would after the Vulture’s appearance. Greg Rucka and Michael Lark’s The Punisher is an essential read for fans of the character seeking something a little different, a little more serious. From Lark’s dark, memorable art – I don’t think any artist has made Castle scarier – to Rucka’s offbeat scripts, it’s an engaging book, albeit an occasionally frustrating one.")

  6. And one more I had not found before:

    Don't Hate the Geek ("The Punisher might exist in a superhuman world, but he is all-too-human, his world all too bleak. Rucka and his all-star team of artists are the perfect choices for this brutal, violent, human character.")