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Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the madmen who made Preacher a best-selling book, are back for another round. This time, they're taking Frank to South America, where he must rescue a Mafia don from angry guerilla fighters -- but if mercenaries don't kill the Mafioso, the Punisher just might do it himself. Includes Punisher (2001) #13-18. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the madmen who made Preacher a best-selling book, are back for another round. This time, they're taking Frank to South America, where he must rescue a Mafia don from angry guerilla fighters -- but if mercenaries don't kill the Mafioso, the Punisher just might do it himself. Includes Punisher (2001) #13-18.


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Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the madmen who made Preacher a best-selling book, are back for another round. This time, they're taking Frank to South America, where he must rescue a Mafia don from angry guerilla fighters -- but if mercenaries don't kill the Mafioso, the Punisher just might do it himself. Includes Punisher (2001) #13-18. Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon, the madmen who made Preacher a best-selling book, are back for another round. This time, they're taking Frank to South America, where he must rescue a Mafia don from angry guerilla fighters -- but if mercenaries don't kill the Mafioso, the Punisher just might do it himself. Includes Punisher (2001) #13-18.

30 review for The Punisher, Vol. 3: Business as Usual

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Garth Ennis is without question the finest writer The Punisher has ever had. His Punisher MAX series was glorious as were his other non-MAX Punisher volumes like the classic Welcome Back, Frank, The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci, and Born. So imagine my surprise when I discovered a whole raft of other Punisher volumes – 6 in total – written by Garth Ennis that I’d never read before! Then imagine my crushing disappointment when I realised 5 out of 6 were out of print!! The only copies available were Garth Ennis is without question the finest writer The Punisher has ever had. His Punisher MAX series was glorious as were his other non-MAX Punisher volumes like the classic Welcome Back, Frank, The Resurrection of Ma Gnucci, and Born. So imagine my surprise when I discovered a whole raft of other Punisher volumes – 6 in total – written by Garth Ennis that I’d never read before! Then imagine my crushing disappointment when I realised 5 out of 6 were out of print!! The only copies available were on Amazon and eBay going for extortionate prices. Why, WHY, Marvel, are these out of print?! These are Garth Ennis/Punisher books – perfection itself!! You’re leaving money on the table by not publishing these! What’s worse is that this book is seriously awesome. It’s Ennis at his funniest, most inventive with art from his regular Punisher artists, the incredible Steve Dillon and Darick Robertson, tag-teaming the issues. It’s like Marvel are taunting fans by dangling this great book in front of us and saying “Liked this one? Well, you can’t have the others! AHAHAHA!” Is this Marvel’s idea of a joke – “punishing” fans by withholding these brilliant Punisher books? (Red mist descends) … Ok… I’m calm now. Was that fist-sized hole always in my wall? The stories are loosely connected and see Frank save hostages in South America, go on a night on the town with a journalist intent on telling Frank’s story, take on the midget mafia(!) AND Wolverine, and visit Belfast, post-Good Friday agreement. How good do those stories sound? They’re even better! (Start of A-Team music starts playing) (Voiceover)These forgotten Punisher books were taken out of print for reasons nobody knows. Two volumes (the other is Welcome Back, Frank) promptly escaped from the out of print prison and made a break for the printing press. Today, still wanted by readers, they survive as comics of fortune. If you want this lost Punisher series back if no one else can help, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire the A-Team then we can only hope that Marvel see sense and republish them in new editions! Duh duh duuuuuh, duhduhduh!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rituraj Kashyap

    This volume contains four stories, one of them featuring Wolverine. An East Coast mob boss is kidnapped and held hostage for ransom in South America, and it's up to Frank to get him back so that he can calm his agitated subordinates down. A journalist forces Frank to take him along on one of his nights by threatening to kill Detective Soap. But the journalist's in for a surprise. Someone is cutting off the legs of the gang members and Frank is getting framed for it. So he's out to clear his name This volume contains four stories, one of them featuring Wolverine. An East Coast mob boss is kidnapped and held hostage for ransom in South America, and it's up to Frank to get him back so that he can calm his agitated subordinates down. A journalist forces Frank to take him along on one of his nights by threatening to kill Detective Soap. But the journalist's in for a surprise. Someone is cutting off the legs of the gang members and Frank is getting framed for it. So he's out to clear his name this time while also searching for the "vigilante". The Punisher goes to Belfast and finds himself caught in the crossfire between the IRA and the UFF. But we all know that our guy is not one to let such a thing prevent him from completing his mission. This is undoubtedly one of the best Punisher runs. One cannot help but feel pity for Detective Soap. The things that Ennis has made him go through...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Krzysztof Grabowski

    Ennis kontynuuje swoją magię i pozwala wyszaleć się Castle'wi tak jak to on lubi. Zaczyna się nieco inaczej, gdyż Frank rusza do Ameryki Południowej, aby wyratować z rąk tutejszych terrorystów bossa mafii. Ma oczywiście w tym wszystkim własny, niezbyt skomplikowany plan, ale czyta się to bardzo dobrze. Jak zwykle jest bezkompromisowy i jak zwykle naprawdę pomysłowy. W międzyczasie dobrze znany nam detektyw przeżyje ponownie "nieco" inne przygody powiązane z barem i nadmiarem alkoholu... Jego wąt Ennis kontynuuje swoją magię i pozwala wyszaleć się Castle'wi tak jak to on lubi. Zaczyna się nieco inaczej, gdyż Frank rusza do Ameryki Południowej, aby wyratować z rąk tutejszych terrorystów bossa mafii. Ma oczywiście w tym wszystkim własny, niezbyt skomplikowany plan, ale czyta się to bardzo dobrze. Jak zwykle jest bezkompromisowy i jak zwykle naprawdę pomysłowy. W międzyczasie dobrze znany nam detektyw przeżyje ponownie "nieco" inne przygody powiązane z barem i nadmiarem alkoholu... Jego wątek jest chyba najbardziej kontrowersyjny... Najpierw kazirodztwo, a potem to. Trzeci zeszyt ma kapitalny pomysł wyjściowy. Detektyw Soap został uprowadzony przez... reportera. Chce on uzyskać materiał, a w zasadzie nawet reportaż, a głównym bohaterem będzie nie kto inny jak Castle. Chcąc nie chcąc, Punisher rusza w miasto z dziennikarzem, by zdobyć potrzebny informację na tytuł wart Pulitzera. Przy okazji czwartego i piątego zeszytu przyjdzie nam skrzyżować lufy z samym Wolverine'm. Komiks w tym miejscu staje się zauważanie brutalniejszy, bo i przy postaci Rosomaka pokuszono się o znacznie większą makabrę, niż przy innych postaciach do tej pory. Scena z walcem długo pozostanie mi w pamięci. W porównaniu do reszty końcówka jest wybitnie słaba. Frank ląduje w Belfaście, aby przetrzebić trochę szeregi IRA. Dużo gadanego, trochę akcji, ale zdecydowanie nic wartego uwagi. Komiks ponownie rysował Dillon i podobnie jak wcześniej, jego nieco toporna krecha sprawdza się tutaj dobrze, choć z drugiej strony zaczyna też mnie nieco odstręczać... Już lepiej spisał się tutaj Robertson.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Bernard Convert

    Moins d'humour que dans le début de la série avec Ma Gucci. Un bon épisode avec Wolverine... Amha, ce qui est arrivé de mieux à beaucoup de super-héros américains au cours des trente dernières années, c'est d'avoir été confiés à des scénaristes britanniques. Moins d'humour que dans le début de la série avec Ma Gucci. Un bon épisode avec Wolverine... Amha, ce qui est arrivé de mieux à beaucoup de super-héros américains au cours des trente dernières années, c'est d'avoir été confiés à des scénaristes britanniques.

  5. 5 out of 5

    USS

    Some words to describe it: Dark. Gritty. Unhindered. No holds barred. Break the rules. Change the rules. No limitations. Revenge. Underworld game. Noir. Garth Ennis' run on Marvel's The Punisher is now legendary, and is probably the definitive word on this character who seems to be feared, misunderstood, and probably too dark for teens and children. When in bookstores, I find it fascinating that Punisher books are not in the store--it always makes me wonder if this character might be too much for Some words to describe it: Dark. Gritty. Unhindered. No holds barred. Break the rules. Change the rules. No limitations. Revenge. Underworld game. Noir. Garth Ennis' run on Marvel's The Punisher is now legendary, and is probably the definitive word on this character who seems to be feared, misunderstood, and probably too dark for teens and children. When in bookstores, I find it fascinating that Punisher books are not in the store--it always makes me wonder if this character might be too much for some readers to handle. The Punisher that is detailed in this story arc is definitely not toned down--it reads like a Quentin Tarantino script, where violence is the solution. Violence may be a solution in certain situations, but the complexity of The Punisher/Frank Castiglione is that this violence is exacted on his conception of what good is. The quintessential antihero is here in one of his most thrilling of tales, where he rescues a mob don (something you think he would never do, but there is a reason why he does) and then proceeds to wipe out/exterminate the whole East Coast mafia underworld. Also includes a story that touches upon the troubles of Northern Ireland, the IRA, and the centuries of British rule there. Bravo, Mr. Ennis! Amazing, amazing story here! Pure thrill, loved every page and love the whole book.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nate

    Ennis has such a great handle on Frank Castle. I wouldn’t think that internal monologue should suit the Punisher, a cold, brutal force who generally lets his guns do the talking. However, Ennis' narration adds to Frank’s ruthless personality. I can't quite put my finger on why. It just works really well. This volume continues strong. Of the four stories collected here, my favorite is the one where a journalist blackmails Frank into accompanying him on one of his takedowns to get an exclusive stor Ennis has such a great handle on Frank Castle. I wouldn’t think that internal monologue should suit the Punisher, a cold, brutal force who generally lets his guns do the talking. However, Ennis' narration adds to Frank’s ruthless personality. I can't quite put my finger on why. It just works really well. This volume continues strong. Of the four stories collected here, my favorite is the one where a journalist blackmails Frank into accompanying him on one of his takedowns to get an exclusive story. It's a great conceit, and plays out about as well as you'd expect for the journalist. The Wolverine two-parter is over-the-top fun. I don't always love Ennis' humor, but this one got a few chuckles out of me. The other two stories bring Frank out of New York into South America and Belfast, respectively. The latter is a platform for Ennis to speak his piece about Irish politics, and it surprisingly suits the Punisher. Steve Dillon and Darrick Robertson take on two stories each. They kill it as usual.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    Two of the heaviest/deadliest hitters in Marvel-dom, The Punisher and Wolverine, what's not to love? There's also evil gangster midgets. Other than Wolverine, literally, getting his face (and later his groin, haha) blown off in the beginning and continuing the story with a skull face, the story underwhelmed me. I enjoyed Garth Ennis' other Punisher stories but I guess I expected a more epic confrontation. The art (other than the cover) seemed too comic-booky and less realistic than I would have Two of the heaviest/deadliest hitters in Marvel-dom, The Punisher and Wolverine, what's not to love? There's also evil gangster midgets. Other than Wolverine, literally, getting his face (and later his groin, haha) blown off in the beginning and continuing the story with a skull face, the story underwhelmed me. I enjoyed Garth Ennis' other Punisher stories but I guess I expected a more epic confrontation. The art (other than the cover) seemed too comic-booky and less realistic than I would have wanted in a Punisher book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    I really liked "The Exclusive" and "Downtown", but Wolverine had some of the worst dialogue ever. It like they made Wolverine stupid and lame just so the Punisher could look cooler in comparison. I kinda liked the midget gangster concept, but the mistreatment of Wolverine just drags that whole arc down. I really liked "The Exclusive" and "Downtown", but Wolverine had some of the worst dialogue ever. It like they made Wolverine stupid and lame just so the Punisher could look cooler in comparison. I kinda liked the midget gangster concept, but the mistreatment of Wolverine just drags that whole arc down.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jedhua

    ABSOLUTE RATING: {3/5 stars} STANDARDIZED RATING: <3/5 stars>

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    Garth Ennis + Steve Dillon + Darick Robertson = AWESOME :o)

  11. 5 out of 5

    Adam

    The one where he steamrollers Wolverine, I think.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Louis

    Punisher doing what he does best: killing some mafioso. It has some nice art and is a quick read. Oh and there's one of the parts with Wolverine which is quite fun. Punisher doing what he does best: killing some mafioso. It has some nice art and is a quick read. Oh and there's one of the parts with Wolverine which is quite fun.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeffrey

    Straight up comedy.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Timo

    Mediocre collection of short Punisher stories with funny twists. At least Wolverine got what he deserves.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Summers

    Love the Wolverine cameo.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alex Cross

  17. 5 out of 5

    Etienne Melton

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rupert Brackenbury

  20. 4 out of 5

    Harv

  21. 5 out of 5

    William Bogard

  22. 5 out of 5

    Peter

  23. 5 out of 5

    Herge2014

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jason

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ryan

  26. 4 out of 5

    Doug

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joe Saulino

  28. 5 out of 5

    Michael Allred

  29. 4 out of 5

    Robert Hoover

  30. 5 out of 5

    Eddie Vane

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