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PunisherMAX R.I.P. – The War Ends in February

Michael Wirth 11/21/2011 Reviews

Marvel has been dropping the hammer on many of their more under-performing titles lately, with X-23, Black Panther, and Ghost Rider each seeing the ends of their runs. Luckily, Marvel will allow PunisherMAX to see its story to a climax, as Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon bring their run to a close with issue #22 in February.

Art by Steve DillonThis February, prepare for the Punisher story you never thought you would read as Jason Aaron & Steve Dillon bring their epic run on PunisherMAX to an end with PunisherMAX #22. Frank Castle has been through it all and just when you think you know what’s coming in the series finale, think again.

“It’s been a big sick bloody thrill working on this series and a right honor following in the footsteps of Garth Ennis,” explained Aaron. “I must say, I’m as proud of this series as anything I’ve ever done at Marvel, in large part because of the amazing art team of Dave Johnson, Matt Hollingsworth and of course Steve Dillon. This was always intended to be one big story, with a very specific beginning, middle and a slam-bang mother of an end. I’m afraid I can’t say any more about the ending than that….other than that it gave me chills, just getting to write it.

Art by Steve Dillon“I’ve drawn a lot of Frank Castle over the last dozen or so years and I’ve been lucky enough to work with some really good writers while doing so,” said Dillon. “Jason has really delivered on this one, so much so that I wait for the script to arrive in my inbox like a fan waiting for the book to hit the shelves in the store. He’s taken some great characters, like the Kingpin and Bullseye, and given them his own MAX twist. He’s also taken Frank on a tortuous, personal journey and it’s all been great fun to draw.”

To ensure retailers have enough copies to meet demand, Marvel will be going back to press on PunisherMAX #17 and PunisherMAX #18. The chapters kicking off “Homeless,” the name of Aaron and Dillon’s final arc, are only a taste of what’s in store for Frank Castle and Marvel wants to make sure no fan misses the beginning of the end.

Art by Dave Johnson“The day has come.  You always knew the Punisher’s one-man war against organized crime would end bad, but you never knew how bad,” added Marvel Editor In Chief, Axel Alonso. “With PunisherMAX #22 Jason Aaron and Steve Dillon bring the tragedy of Frank Castle’s life to a boil and their epic run to a bloody climax that will haunt readers for years to come.”

Retailers should check the Marvel Mailer and Diamond Retailer Site for information on ordering PunisherMAX #17 Second Printing Variant &PunisherMAX #18 Second Printing Variant. Marvel urges retailers to check their orders on all remaining issues of PunisherMAX (including a new on-sale date for PunisherMAX #20) as this series continues to garner acclaim and buzz.

Art by Dave JohnsonHow will Aaron and Dillon bring the story of Frank Castle to a close? Based on the cover images, the outlook doesn’t look too good for Frank. The Punisher has always played a specific role in the Marvel Universe, showing the dark side of heroism, and even going so far to spring Matt Murdock from jail. But will the Punisher be popping up the Marvel U in the future, or has his war against crime claimed it’s final casualty?

 

PUNISHERMAX #17 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (OCT118104)
Written by JASON AARON

Pencils by STEVE DILLON
FOC – 12/5/11, ON SALE – 12/28/11

 

Art by Dave JohnsonPUNISHERMAX #18 SECOND PRINTING VARIANT (OCT118105)
Written by JASON AARON

Pencils by STEVE DILLON
FOC – 12/5/11, ON SALE – 12/28/11

 

PUNISHERMAX #19 (OCT110693)

Written by JASON AARON

Pencils by STEVE DILLON
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

ON SALE NOW!

 

Art by Dave JohnsonPUNISHERMAX #20 (OCT110693)

Written by JASON AARON

Pencils by STEVE DILLON
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

FOC – 11/28/11. ON SALE – 12/21/11

 

PUNISHERMAX #21 (NOV110590)

Written by JASON AARON

Pencils by STEVE DILLON
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

FOC – 12/12/11, ON SALE – 1/11/12

 

PUNISHERMAX #22 (DEC110690)

Written by JASON AARON

Pencils by STEVE DILLON
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON

ON SALE FEBRUARY!

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Hailing from the armpit of America, New Jersey, Michael has been collecting comic books since the age of 10. Now, he deigns to keep his finger on the pulse of pop-culture, keeping up with every passing fad or iconic innovation, never losing sight of his comic book roots.

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