PunisherMax #21: “Oopha” says JD.

Title: PunisherMax #21
Writer: Jason Aaron
Artist: Steve Dillon
Colors: Matt Hollingsworth
Published by Marvel Comics
Reviewed by Johnny Destructo

Several years ago, fellow PopTard and host of the awesome Bibliodiscoteque, Kire Carlson and I were chatting about comics, as fellas of our ilk are wont to do, and we came to a conclusion regarding the limitations of serial story-telling in a long-running format. Sure, we all love comics and certain characters and storylines, so forth and so on, but when it comes right down to brass tacks, it’s futile. Characters will never die, things won’t change for good and that bright, shiny, candy-like re-set button will always be pressed. Wouldn’t it be great, we thought…if the stories had a sense of completion? A beginning, a middle and an end? Take Preacher, one of my all-time favorite stories, anywhere, ever. It had a nice long run, but not long enough to outstay its welcome. And then, the writer got to his predetermined ending and that was that. Story over. That is what we want from comics and that is what Jason Aaron has given us with PunisherMax.

Jason Aaron has written the perfect Punisher story. The definitive version as I see it. This isn’t hyperbole or me being dramatic. I genuinely feel like this is going to go down as my favorite Frank Castle yarn.

The players are Frank Castle, Wilson Fisk, Vanessa Fisk, Bullseye and Elektra. All characters that don’t feel like characters, but people, playing a deadly game of chess. And I do mean DEADLY. No one is safe, and it’s felt because I know that this is the end of the story, especially now that I know that Jason Aaron is finishing the book the way he wanted to end it with issue #22. Sure, I suppose Marvel could just put out issue #23 with a new writer and a new artist and things would go back to business as usual, but however Aaron ends this book is going to be the end for me.

Sure, I could go on and tell you everything that happens in this book, but come ON, it’s the second to last issue!

Beginning, middle, end. Fatal repercussions and truly dramatic moments. Fantastic Art. This is what comics should be.


When not hosting the PopTards Podcast, fist-bumping his own nethers, discussing movies, comics and other flimflam here, JD is graphically designing/illustrating/inking for a living, hanging with the @$$holes over at www.aintitcoolnews.com and Booking his Face off over here. He is also now co-hosting another Comic Book discussion show on Party934.com alongside Bohdi Zen. They discuss comics and play music, check it out live every Saturday from 4-5pm.

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2 Comments to “PunisherMax #21: “Oopha” says JD.”

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  1. Kire says:

    Curse you, you handsome bastard! First Poptardsgo gets me reading American Vampire, then Sweettooth, then Daredevil, and now this book. You better be getting a kick back for all these reads.

  2. JD (Host) says:


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