Every comic book character has one particular writer that truly understands the character and portrays it in the best possible way. In simpler words, the specific writer does true justice to the characters story and normally no other writer can live up to that standard. Once such writers are Garth Ennis, he has a special connection to the character Punisher Max. Wouldn’t be wrong to say Garth Ennis Punisher MAX story arc is the saviour of Punisher Franchise.
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Punisher was a relatively new concept at the time it emerged, a bad guy who murders other bad guys was something out of the ordinary in an era of cape-wearing superheroes. For some odd reason though the character very quickly rose to popularity and for some time he was literally everywhere. Out of the three movies realised about him, not one made it to the list of highly successful superhero movies.
However, for a fair period of time, you could sell almost everything with Garth Ennis Punisher MAX on its cover. Like the Wolverine and Venom Punisher was one of those characters who had a certain edge to them. He emerged on the forefront of Marvel as one of its more mysterious characters.
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There’s no tricky or complex way to describe The Punisher he just kills bad people that’s all there is to it. But not really this rather vague description left ample of room for insane new developments and according to Garth Ennis Punisher MAX worked for angles.
Punisher since his birth has been a difficult concept for readers to understand. To many people, he seemed as a mere antagonist being portrayed as a hero of some sort in a very twisted way which was beyond their comprehension. So to make things a little simpler we have a theory. Let’s say Punisher and Captain America are very similar but exactly the opposite of each other. Where Captain America is the pride and hope of the country that conquered the Second World War, Punisher is the pain and anger of a country still healing from the Vietnam War. Both these characters are like yang and yang a sheer contrast and an accurate description of America’s military history.
Garth Ennis (Left) and Steve Dillon (Right)
You may be under the impression that this is a revenge fantasy but with revenge, you stop once you have become square with ones that wronged you. But being at war against every criminal ever is rather unusual or maybe even unique. As Garth Ennis Punisher MAX highlights that Frank is at a stage where he has taken revenge from everyone related to his families death but the process has made him an unstoppable force that punishes people with his own sense of justice.
Frank Castle is portrayed as a man who is in love with war he is a manipulative mastermind who is driven by some supernatural force to be at war even when war has ended. Garth Ennis has written Born in a way that the story does not blame Frank’s life experiences or the incidents that happened to him for the person he has become. Garth Ennis Punisher MAX convinced the audience that Frank’s motivation comes from within his head. He is an object or rather a champion of war who wants to serve justice to anyone and everyone who does wrong.