The Untold Tales of Punisher Max #1
WRITERS: Jason Starr
ARTIST: Roland Boschi
COLOR ARTIST: Dan Brown
LETTERS: Rob Steen
COVER: Roland Boschi and Dan Brown
EDITOR: Sebastian Girner and Jeanine Schaefer
EDITOR IN CHIEF: Axel Alonso
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER: Joe Quesada
PUBLISHER: Dan Buckley
EXEC. PRODUCER: Alan Fine
Release Date: June 13th, 2012
Published monthly by Marvel Worldwide, INC.
Price – $4.99
The writing from Jason Starr is fantastic. Carrying on the themes that Aaron and Ennis pushed the Punisher MAX series forward with raw violence, sex and language. Starr brings to life the untold tales of Punisher MAX to life by telling a story titled, “Jimmy’s Collision”. This story is narrated by the protagonist named Jimmy Frisco who finds himself in hot water with the mob. The entire story is told from his point of view and Frank Castle really isn’t in the book much at all. This actually helps the reader to engage more with the other characters and by the time the Punisher shows up…readers are ready.
Rating – “B+”
Roland Boschi is at the helm for the artwork in this first installment of the mini-series. He does a serviceable job and really focuses on character interaction nicely. Facial animations and movement are drawn well but the action scenes seem to be missing something. The artwork feels familiar to past Punisher MAX titles, which is a good thing!
Rating – “B”
(WARNING – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
Issue one centers on Jimmy Frisco, a collision shop owner who has found himself one too many times owing money to a mob-boss. Now the mob is after him and he has only so much time to come up with a way to save his own skin. Frisco starts off as a likeable character who is looking for a way out of his situation but he soon becomes a villain after coming up with an elaborate plot to kill off anyone or everyone in his way to freedom. Punisher tracks him down to find out information about the mob and after Frank puts his bullets into every last mobster who is after Frisco, the book ends with Frisco getting blown away by Castle. It really is a cool ending in my opinion.
Rating – “B+“
The book quickly pulls the reader in. Jason Starr does a nice job at building up characters who we have never met before in the Punisher Universe and he does so very nicely. There is no need for an introduction to Punisher in this mini-series…everyone already knows that this is about one thing and one thing only…Frank Castle blowing people away.
Rating – “B+”
OVERAL RATING OF ISSUE: “B+”