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Friday, July 25, 2008 

Garth Ennis wrecks the Punisher at least one more time

IGN's Comics section reports that while Garth Ennis may be done with the MAX series of the Punisher, he's still writing at least one more item in connection with Frank Castle, using the War Zone subtitle originally used on one of the spinoff series in the early 90s. And they say here:
After five years, 60 issues, and various specials, Garth Ennis will be leaving Punisher MAX. Few, if any, writers have left such a deep mark on the character. Taking advantage of the freedom of a MAX setting, Ennis explored concepts of violence and revenge and how they spiral out of Frank Castle's quest to affect everyone around him.
Yeah, right. The only mark he's left on Frank is a far-left one, by forcing his leftist opinions upon a character who'd worked better before that fateful time in 1995 when, after Frank's first series had ended, it was relaunched and Frank turned into some kind of "guardian angel" and went downhill ever since. With the horrible way this Marvel vigilante's been exploited over the years, it's almost enough to wonder if he'd be better off remaining as an angel. Ennis turned Frank into a man who's unwilling to fight terrorism, and I really don't like his idea of black humor either. If he's leaving the Punisher behind now, that'll be most welcome. Today's Frank Castle is one who's unrecognizable from the one Gerry Conway first created.

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