Punisher
Garth Ennis returns to the world of the Punisher! A dozen Russian mobsters lie dead at Frank Castle's feet...but he wasn't the one who pulled the trigger. You'd think that the Punisher would celebrate - but if you know Frank, you'll know that this unexpected turn of events just stirs up more questions. Who is Valery Stepanovich? Why did he mow down a room full of mobsters? These are questions Frank is going to answer - and then decide if Valery deserves his own punishment. But what will happen when these two criminal hunters come face-to-face? Seeds planted decades ago in Moscow and Afghanistan are about to bloom bloody in New York City in an all-new tale by the writer who gets Frank Castle like no other! COLLECTING: PUNISHER: SOVIET (2019) 1-6

Punisher Details

TitlePunisher
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJun 9th, 2020
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302913410
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Marvel, Graphic Novels Comics

Punisher Review

  • Gianfranco Mancini
    January 1, 1970
    Frank Castle meets Valery Stepanovich, his russian counterpart and joins him on his path of vengeance against russian gang-leader Pronchenko, responsable for gory death of Valery's brothers in arms while they were fighting Mujahideen during Soviet–Afghan War.Storyline is a simple one, with maybe too many shootings, exploding helichopters, (view spoiler)[and Frank saying at last not having a drink since 1976 seems just too young for his age here (Ennis' Punisher is the classic one who fought in t Frank Castle meets Valery Stepanovich, his russian counterpart and joins him on his path of vengeance against russian gang-leader Pronchenko, responsable for gory death of Valery's brothers in arms while they were fighting Mujahideen during Soviet–Afghan War.Storyline is a simple one, with maybe too many shootings, exploding helichopters, (view spoiler)[and Frank saying at last not having a drink since 1976 seems just too young for his age here (Ennis' Punisher is the classic one who fought in the 'Nam, not Rucka's recently retconned to the War on Terror), (hide spoiler)]but it gets better (and gorier...) issue after issue until its brutal conclusion, not as sick as what Ennis and Burrows previously done on Crossed gruesome horror series, but probably still the most disturbing ever seen in a Marvel comic.I could nearly imagine Garth Ennis and Jacen Burrows laughing while drinking beer in some pub for convincing the House of Ideas to publish this gore-fest.Not for faint of heart readers, but this ultra-violent tale about horrors of war and beyond was a five bloody stars for me.Dasvidania
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  • Sud666
    January 1, 1970
    Garth Ennis Punisher stories are some of the best Punisher stories I've ever read. He doesn't fail to disappoint with this violent tale.The Punisher is being blamed for several hits against the Russian mob. The problem is, he did not do the hits. His investigation takes him face to face with a former Russian soldier that brings back certain memories. Valery's unit was wiped out in Afghanistan and the Movb boss was the former CO. Frank and this former Soviet soldier team up to bring down the Russ Garth Ennis Punisher stories are some of the best Punisher stories I've ever read. He doesn't fail to disappoint with this violent tale.The Punisher is being blamed for several hits against the Russian mob. The problem is, he did not do the hits. His investigation takes him face to face with a former Russian soldier that brings back certain memories. Valery's unit was wiped out in Afghanistan and the Movb boss was the former CO. Frank and this former Soviet soldier team up to bring down the Russian mob.The story is fun, the art is quite decent and the violence is always a plus. A great Punisher story, though it helps to understand Castle's military past to explain the connection he had with Valery. As usual with Ennis, we get a very good rendition of Punisher. Violent, grim and one of the coolest heroes around.
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  • Logan
    January 1, 1970
    A fun Punisher story but nothing amazing. So I will admit I only read one volume of Garth Ennis's Punisher Max series, didn't really like it that much. I always enjoyed his Preacher series, as I enjoyed the characters and writing more. But since this is a new Punisher mini-series from Ennis, I'd thought I'd give it a try.The story has Frank investigate someone who's hitting a Russian mob family really hard, to which they think is his doing. The issues range from action scenes to long flashbacks A fun Punisher story but nothing amazing. So I will admit I only read one volume of Garth Ennis's Punisher Max series, didn't really like it that much. I always enjoyed his Preacher series, as I enjoyed the characters and writing more. But since this is a new Punisher mini-series from Ennis, I'd thought I'd give it a try.The story has Frank investigate someone who's hitting a Russian mob family really hard, to which they think is his doing. The issues range from action scenes to long flashbacks and exposition and I mean a lot, to the point where some issues are mostly just that. The story just didn't really resonate with me as much, and while it was still fun to read, I was a bit let down by it. The book definitely earns the Max label though, as in the early issues it wasn't that bad, but later it gets really violent with some panels that made me raise my eyes in how gory they were.
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  • Brian Garthoff
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Punisher Soviet is highlighted by issue 3 & 6, where the brutality is most amped up and the lessons are getting doled out. In between, there’s a lot of hemming and hawing about who they’re after and it sometimes grows a little stale. I thought Valery was very well realized and served as a strong compliment to Frank as well. Stuffed with a few gut wrenching moments, Punisher Soviet is a solid quick action fix. 3.5 stars. Punisher Soviet is highlighted by issue 3 & 6, where the brutality is most amped up and the lessons are getting doled out. In between, there’s a lot of hemming and hawing about who they’re after and it sometimes grows a little stale. I thought Valery was very well realized and served as a strong compliment to Frank as well. Stuffed with a few gut wrenching moments, Punisher Soviet is a solid quick action fix.
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  • Quentin Wallace
    January 1, 1970
    We meet a soviet counterpart for the Punisher on a mission of vengeance against a russian mobster who sold out his military unit in the war with Afghanistan. The Punisher gets put in the middle of things and the war is on. Garth Ennis again showed himself to be possibly the best Punisher writer ever. The art was top notch, but the violence level was off the charts, even for a Punisher comic. Not for the squeamish, especially since some of the comic deals with brutality of real wars and not just We meet a soviet counterpart for the Punisher on a mission of vengeance against a russian mobster who sold out his military unit in the war with Afghanistan. The Punisher gets put in the middle of things and the war is on. Garth Ennis again showed himself to be possibly the best Punisher writer ever. The art was top notch, but the violence level was off the charts, even for a Punisher comic. Not for the squeamish, especially since some of the comic deals with brutality of real wars and not just the usual "Punisher violence." A must for Punisher fans.
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  • James
    January 1, 1970
    For what ever reason, issue 6 is not listed on here so I’ll just give my thoughts on the entire 1-6 arc. Pretty nice run. Started off hot and heavy then slowed down for issues 2-3. This however paid off in the end as we learned a lot about Valery which allowed you to connect to his character. One thing is for certain as I’ve said in one of the single issue reviews, this series most definitely earns the Max Comic imprint. Violent and brutal as hell. What Frank did to Pronchenko in the end was cra For what ever reason, issue 6 is not listed on here so I’ll just give my thoughts on the entire 1-6 arc. Pretty nice run. Started off hot and heavy then slowed down for issues 2-3. This however paid off in the end as we learned a lot about Valery which allowed you to connect to his character. One thing is for certain as I’ve said in one of the single issue reviews, this series most definitely earns the Max Comic imprint. Violent and brutal as hell. What Frank did to Pronchenko in the end was crazy. If you’re a Punisher fan, this one is a must read.
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  • RG
    January 1, 1970
    Couldnt find #6 issue on here
  • Alex Sarll
    January 1, 1970
    "Pronchenko made his money from his comrades' blood. Left the army, did the same thing in civilian life. And, you know, there is worse than him running Russia now. My country was stolen by a bunch of motherfuckers who never shed a single drop of blood for it."Well, not their own, anyway, or by their own hand.Someone is killing Russian mobsters, torching their drugs and cash along with the bodies. Naturally, the assumption is that Frank Castle is responsible, but it's not like he's the only dange "Pronchenko made his money from his comrades' blood. Left the army, did the same thing in civilian life. And, you know, there is worse than him running Russia now. My country was stolen by a bunch of motherfuckers who never shed a single drop of blood for it."Well, not their own, anyway, or by their own hand.Someone is killing Russian mobsters, torching their drugs and cash along with the bodies. Naturally, the assumption is that Frank Castle is responsible, but it's not like he's the only dangerous man criminals ever pissed off. Turns out he has a Russian counterpart, and soon the two of them are merrily offing scum together. Well, I say 'merrily'; Frank isn't exactly beaming, but part of the fun is seeing Frank reluctantly accept that he's found a kindred spirit, like when Ron Swanson first met the other Ron. Obviously part of the appeal for Ennis was being able to dig in to the backstory, tell a mainstream superhero comics audience a story of the Soviet experience in Afghanistan, with particular reference to how it parallels the American experience in Vietnam (and indeed, the subsequent American experience in, yes, Afghanistan). But beyond that, he gets to write the Punisher again, something nobody else has done a shade so well, before or since. And especially now Burrows is getting decent colouring, he's the best artistic partner for that since Dillon went to the great pub in the sky. Another brilliant piece of work from perhaps the most consistently impressive writer in comics.
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  • Greg
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. I’ve been reading a lot of Max titles by Garth Ennis lately, and this one stuck out. The amazing art by Jacen Burrows helped with that, but the story was different and interesting enough for a Punisher miniseries, too. Basically the setup is Punisher meets his Soviet equivalent— which sounds kind of blah, but somehow isn’t. It was cool to see Burrows do art for a Marvel book, it’s the first I’ve seen. Him and Ennis are always a good team. Oh and this book was super graphic and brutal.
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  • AV
    January 1, 1970
    Just guys being dudes. This is my first Punisher comic, picked it up cause the Ennis/Burrows pairing sounded great. A bit disappointed because I though it was literally about a soviet Punisher à la Red Son. It has some Michael Mann vibes at the start and would work perfectly as a movie. Loved the color work which gave the city/street panels a moody, noirish ambiance. Very bloody and violent as expected from Ennis, even though I haven't read his work I'm aware of his style from Preacher and The B Just guys being dudes. This is my first Punisher comic, picked it up cause the Ennis/Burrows pairing sounded great. A bit disappointed because I though it was literally about a soviet Punisher à la Red Son. It has some Michael Mann vibes at the start and would work perfectly as a movie. Loved the color work which gave the city/street panels a moody, noirish ambiance. Very bloody and violent as expected from Ennis, even though I haven't read his work I'm aware of his style from Preacher and The Boys. (view spoiler)[The flaying scene was fucking nuts. (hide spoiler)] Absolutely love the art from Burrows, reminded me of Moebius, especially in the Afghanistan parts. Couldn't get behind the political commentary of the book, felt like it was dealt with very superficially. Valery's backstory story is very common in the war genre (sans specifics) and this book doesn't add much to the topic. The unfair contrast between soldiers and clerks, the suffering of civilians is true of any war and the idea of corruption in the army is true of the police and goverment as well. Then again, I don't think most people will come into it expecting nuanced political arguments. As an action piece it works just fine.
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  • Emma Gear
    January 1, 1970
    I was actually unaware this short miniseries happened until a couple months back. As a big fan of Garth Ennis in general and especially his run on Punisher MAX I was super enthusiastic about getting into this one and... eh.Punisher: Soviet follows Frank Castle as a bunch of people already on his shit list are being murdered by someone who's clearly very skilled. He's not mad about that since he planned on getting to them anyway, but since he's being blamed for the murders he doesn't trust the gu I was actually unaware this short miniseries happened until a couple months back. As a big fan of Garth Ennis in general and especially his run on Punisher MAX I was super enthusiastic about getting into this one and... eh.Punisher: Soviet follows Frank Castle as a bunch of people already on his shit list are being murdered by someone who's clearly very skilled. He's not mad about that since he planned on getting to them anyway, but since he's being blamed for the murders he doesn't trust the guy to have the same moral compass (fucked up as it is) that he does and wants to find out who he is. He eventually meets up with him, and it turns out to be an old Russian soldier who’s getting revenge and that’s where my problem with this miniseries lies. An awful lot of time is dedicated to telling the story of this old soldier, but honestly I didn't really like the character. I thought he was kind of a shithead so dedicating so much time to him just feels like wasted time that could have been better spent on more action, or more things the villain's done. The ending does redeem it somewhat in my mind, but it feels a little like Frank is a guest star in his own book.I would still easily recommend the 60 issues Ennis did on Punisher MAX over this any day. I even enjoyed the weaker stories from that run (like Mother Russia) over this one. If you do bother reading those (and I HIGHLY recommend it if you want some Punisher action) then this is a fun supplement over the other Punisher MAX run that features art by Steve Dillon and has Frank fight the Kingpin. It’s better than that, at least!
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  • Trevor
    January 1, 1970
    In my opinion, Garth Ennis is the all-time best Punisher writer, and it’s always reason to celebrate when he returns to the character. Those familiar with his runs on the book know there are two basic Ennis Punisher story types - the insanely over the top, dark comedy stories, and the more hard-hitting, gritty, realistic crime sagas. Punisher:Soviet is more in the latter camp, though some of the violence does go VERY extreme. I wouldn’t say this is one of the BEST Ennis Punisher stories, but it’ In my opinion, Garth Ennis is the all-time best Punisher writer, and it’s always reason to celebrate when he returns to the character. Those familiar with his runs on the book know there are two basic Ennis Punisher story types - the insanely over the top, dark comedy stories, and the more hard-hitting, gritty, realistic crime sagas. Punisher:Soviet is more in the latter camp, though some of the violence does go VERY extreme. I wouldn’t say this is one of the BEST Ennis Punisher stories, but it’s dependably solid, and a nice treat at a time when the character doesn’t currently have a regular monthly title.
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  • Timo
    January 1, 1970
    Frank pretty much is on sidelines of this one, so it isn't a Punisher story as such. There is also Punisher doing what Punisher does but there is also a brutal story of Afgan war from the view of Russians and loads of old soldier camaraderie and frienship. It is a bit odd to see that in Punisher.Still.... a solid good read from Ennis. With stiff art.
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  • Peter
    January 1, 1970
    *Read in singles*I enjoyed Garth Ennis' takes on a Russian side of war. His return to Vietnam (unspecified warzone) in Punisher: The Platoon, while a good story, felt like the same old Vietnam thing.
  • Abu Syed sajib
    January 1, 1970
    Garth Ennis at his meta...
  • Julie T.
    January 1, 1970
    yeah issue 3 & 6 were best but I enjoyed overall. might consider reading more punisher stuff yeah issue 3 & 6 were best but I enjoyed overall. might consider reading more punisher stuff
  • Am Gill
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars
  • Nate
    January 1, 1970
    A new Ennis Punisher book is always welcome, and with Platoon and this, it seems he can’t stay away from the character (or Nick Fury for that matter). Sadly, this is one of his weaker efforts. I was intrigued after the first issue, with Frank on the trail of a Russian mobster going legit only to cross paths with another guy who wants the latter dead. It’s the middle issues where I was let down: there’s lots of exposition, including, in issue four, one of the most obvious plot device characters I A new Ennis Punisher book is always welcome, and with Platoon and this, it seems he can’t stay away from the character (or Nick Fury for that matter). Sadly, this is one of his weaker efforts. I was intrigued after the first issue, with Frank on the trail of a Russian mobster going legit only to cross paths with another guy who wants the latter dead. It’s the middle issues where I was let down: there’s lots of exposition, including, in issue four, one of the most obvious plot device characters I’ve ever seen. But issue three, where we learn about why this new guy wants it in for the mob boss, contains a harrowing scene that won’t soon leave me. Ennis and Jacen Burrows hold nothing back here. The last issue revisits this scene and wraps up the story in similarly brutal fashion. Overall though, I came away from Soviet feeling disappointed by how the story was told, at least by Ennis standards (this is still better than most Punisher comics). Soviet is worth reading for Punisher MAX fans, but I'm not sure it has the staying power of the earlier stories.
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