Comic Book Review: Punisher Max (2010)

Details: Written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Steven Dillon. More information of the collection can be found at https://www.marvel.com/comics/collection/49254/punisher_max_by_jason_aaron_steve_dillon_omnibus_hc_hardcover

Score: 7.4/10

Punisher Max is another very adult tale about the character of Frank Castle. Unlike Ennis’ run, Aaron’s tale of The Punisher incorporates very adult, realer versions of Marvel Universe characters.

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Comic Book Review: The Punisher (2004)

Details: Mostly written by Garth Ennis, but there are multiple writers and artists on this comic book run. All the issues are collected in six volumes/collections. More information about volume one can be found at https://www.marvel.com/comics/collection/67027/punisher_max_by_garth_ennis_vol_1_hardcover

Score: 7/10

Garth Ennis has largely made his name by writing extremely violent, gore filled comic books. It’s fitting then that he write The Punisher, one of the most violent characters that ever existed.

Additionally there is some confusion with The Punisher (2004) and Punisher Max since they are both named similarly and part of the MAX line of comic books. The Punisher was written by Ennis where Punisher Max was written by Jason Aaron. This is a review of the books written by Ennis.

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Manga Review: Chainsawman

Details: More information can be found at https://myanimelist.net/manga/116778/Chainsaw_ManĀ  You can read this legally at https://www.viz.com/shonenjump/chapters/chainsaw-man

Score: 6.8/10

Chainsawman is a currently ongoing manga that takes place in a world with devils. Many of these devils are bad and regularly terrorize humanity. Some of these devils are not so bad and form contracts with humans, giving them supernatural powers.

The story focuses on a poor kid who owes a heavy debt to the Yakuza. He is killed but resurrected when he forms a contract with a devil. Now, the kid is known as Chainsawman and can turn into a demon who has chainsaws that come out of his body. He spends most of his time now hunting bad devils.

This is a very frenetic story without a lot of introspection or heavy themes. The main character is just a horny teenager and his main motivation for anything is just to grab some boobs or get laid. There’s some greater plot lines going on, but we mostly follow this horny, violent kid.

The art is pretty great. It’s a style of art that perfectly supplements the extremely violent, graphic content in this manga.

Overall, this isn’t the greatest story, but it’s a fun ride. If you’re looking for something shallow, violent and gory to read, this is will do.