Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank

Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank

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Frank Castle - the Punisher - is a one-man army ready to take down anyone in his way, meting out the ultimate punishment to criminals: death. The Punisher makes his return by eliminating the ruthless Ma Gnucci's crime family - pursued by the NYPD's two-detective Punisher Task Force, crazed contract killer the Russian and super hero Daredevil; and emulated by three copycat killers. The over-the-top action builds toward a showdown in Frank's apartment building. Now, Castle must survive to finish his vendetta, making sure his neighbors aren't caught in the crossfire while evil is punished. When WELCO ME BACK, FRANK debuted in 2000, writer Garth Ennis and artist Steve Dillon gave the Punisher a redefining fresh start that once more made him a force to be reckoned with and served as the catalyst for two feature films!
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 165 x 260 x 12.7mm | 502g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1 Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0785157166
  • 9780785157168
  • 68,753

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I finished reading Welcome Back, Frank (complete collection #1-12) after purchasing it for a bargain from this website, and I just have two words to sum it all up - absolutely awesome! This has been one of the most enjoyable, hilarious comics I have read for sometime. There were moment's I was laughing out loud at some of the jokes, one liner's and innuendo's! Garth Ennis sure has a sense of humour, or 'black' humour! I mean character's like 'Bud Plugg' (ha ha!) and Spacker Dave - honestly you cannot make it up! You know you're on to a winner when you start genuinely caring for the character's and what happen's to them. And this comic book is filled to the brim with them! Character's such as Frank Castle's neighbours; Spacker Dave; a guy with his faced covered in piercing's. Frank will pass him by and acknowlede him with 'Dave' and he is forever correcting him ''SPACKER Dave!'' Mr. Bumpo; a guy who is so fat he can't fit through his own door! Medic's have to break the building wall to lift him through after he suffer's a minor stroke! He's alway's seen with a stack of Pizza's and can eat his way to oblivion! You have to love his 'tache which look's like a certain loony dictator's 'tache aswell as the haircut! Joan; a mousy woman who is 'scared of the world' and is frightened of her own shadow. She bring's Frank cookies and pies and slowly start's to come out of her shell. (The Punisher movie starring Thomas Jane drew inspiration for character from this comic especially the above trio - one of the good point's of the film in what is a rather poor adaption if i'm honest). All of them are lovable in their own way and makes this comic very special indeed. It's absolutely brilliant how Ennis wrote them. On the trail of The Punisher are two detectives; R. Soap and Molly Von Richthofen! They spend the majority of their time holed up in their car, and playing games where they have to name a film, starting with the last letter of a film title; example: The Searcher 'S' > 'S' ilent Running and so on. It is a very nice touch, and being a film fan myself - very entertaining! But the pair of them are absolutely hopeless, they've both been tasked with a useless assignment because of the fact that both of them are losers and seen as a joke by the police department. Molly is a lesbian and she has found herself in this predicament because she turned down the sexual advances of her captain. And Soap is plagued with bad luck. He is the butt of jokes by fellow police officer's. And let's not get started on Ma Gnucci- the main villain of the piece. She is absolutely vile, and is forever telling her foot-soldier's off like they're insects and of no significance whatsoever. 'Cretin' and 'imbecile' just some of her repeated put-down's! She's like a strict headmistress of a boarding school for goombah's! Wookie's tip: look out for Ennis' absolutely hilarious homage to The Empire Strikes Back involving Ma Gnucci toward the end! We also get The Russian; a walking tank who is almost indestructible! I love the fight between him and Frank at his apartment - he has an unorthodox technique of using house hold items to take his victim's out - in poor Frank's case, the toilet! But the way Frank dipenses this most formidable of foes is worth the price of the comic alone! We also have a cameo from Daredevil. The way The Punisher handles him is awesome! Using Daredevil's own idea's of justice and right and wrong against him! And that's not all, because we also have to contend with a trio of vigilante's following in the footstep of The Punisher! We have father Redondo; a homicidal priest who hack's his victim's down after hearing their confessions! We have Payback; an angry vigilante intent on taking out all of Wall Street! And Elite; a fascist masked vigilante from the upper East Side, he's a rich boy who hates the poor/ ethnic minorites and shoot's down anyone who so much as dirty the pavement in his beloved, rich neighbourhood! The trio are absolutely hilarious! They soon get together and hope to get their idol The Punisher into their vigilante fold - of course his reaction to that idea is priceless! This comic is awesome to say the least! If I did have one concern though it would have to be for censorship. Because the comic is very gory and bloody in places, but the language is sanitised. So we have baddies using word's such as 'motherlover' and 'fool' when we know it would have more impact if they said the real word's they are thinking. This is a Marvel Knight's title, so unlike the Marvel Max titles, does not go all out. It's like a 12 rating to Max's 18 rating. So in a way it is understandable, but my issue is if you can have so much blood and violence in a comic - it would only make sense to have bad 'adult' language aswell. But that I felt is a minor quibble. In fact you can argue it makes it funnier! Overall this is a very enjoyable comic. Full of black humour, in-jokes, action, and laugh's - but the thing which makes it a masterpiece is the character's! I dreaded finishing this comic because I was having so much fun I wanted it to carry on forever! All this and I didn't even get to the art! All I can say is the artwork is brilliant as one would expect from Steve Dillon, and very suited to the story. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon (both of Preacher fame) are a wicked combination. This is truly comic book gold. It's more lighter in tone than Ennis' Punisher Max run, but still as vital. Ennis rescued The Punisher from obscurity and mediocrity with this title, and put him back into the superhero A list. Every comic book fan need's to read this and have it in their collection!show more
by Mahbub Ahmed
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