Superheroes  > Marvel  > Punisher  > War Journal, War Zone and Other by A to Z

Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank s/c

Punisher: Welcome Back, Frank s/c back

Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon


Page 45 Review by Stephen

"I can't believe you're actually doing this..!"
"You're a monster and I'm killing you. It's not complicated."

The Punisher's reason for living is to eliminate people he doesn't like. Not for Frank, the moral vagaries of two wrongs and a right. He's not here to soliloquise, he's here to blow people's heads off, and time wasted weighing the scales of justice is time that could be far more effectively spent with an Uzi, a six-pack of hand-grenades and a mortuary full of Mafiosi. For the creators of PREACHER, it's one long opportunity for some seriously black comedy as Frank slaughters his way to the top, both disarming and dismembering an increasingly grotesque Ma Gnucci. Anything and everything is a weapon to Frank: imagine what he can do in a zoo.

And as with PREACHER, it's friendship and loyalty which form the heart of the book, coming this time courtesy of the unsuspecting naïfs he's shacked up with: Spacker Dave, the over-excitable man of many piercings whom I've since described as a human curtain rail; Mr. Bumpo the balloon-shaped pizza addict constantly stuck in his own doorway; and shy young Joan who brings Frank freshly baked cookies as tokens of her timid affection. It's basically the comicbook equivalent of an Arnie film but with a little less overacting and fewer plot holes.