The Punisher MAX is a unique beast among the comics I\'ve read. Not only does it forgo supers and their crazy adventures in favor of far more realistic and reality-based conflicts, it also (across several different series) puts surprising detail and thought into how someone like the Punisher could come to be, with Frank\'s character stemming not solely from his family being murdered, but from much of his life before that fateful day as well, such as his tours in Vietnam and his growing up in Mafia territory. The result is a main character who, while not incredibly deep and dynamic, is someone whose actions you can understand even if you don\'t necessarily condone them. Speaking of which, this series is *incredibly* cathartic. It\'s not always easy, but Frank spends much of his time giving complete monsters exactly what they deserve and sometimes just a bit more for good measure. I\'m not sure how anyone can look at any arc other than Mother Russia and not root for Frank to prevail because holy shit, he\'s up against real scum almost all the time. And while the man himself is no paragon of virtue, there are enough moments of humanity from him to remind you that he\'s ultimately a force for good even if he himself is not the nicest guy around. Oh, and Ennis is a fantastic writer, as always. Not much more to say there without spoiling stuff, but he really shines here. 10/10, would recommend reading with Alice in Chains/Stone Temple Pilots/Soundgarden/similarly grungy bands playing in the background. Really enhances the experience.
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