Untold Tales of The Punisher Max #1
The Good:Boschi has great, gritty, dirty art that is very suited for this comic. Add Brown's awesome coloring and the trifecta of art,writing and color is polished off nicely. I really dig the one off setup for this line and will be picking them up from time to time. Great violence and story, not "too gratuitous" (if there is such a thing) and a good story in this issue to boot.
The Bad:Nothing really new or groundbreaking here. Same ol', same ol' with The Punisher. I also didn't care too much for Jason Starr's book ad in there, but hey, what's to keep a crime novelist from pushing his own shit in a comic he wrote, right? Also, too pricey for my taste, but this price I suppose will balance with the fact that you don't have a major arch going on and can read one issue or all of them.
The Punisher and its offshoots are comics I tend to read between reading stuff that I really dig. It basically is a away for me to fill some time and get a little blood-and-guts fix before continuing on with heavy reading or deeper storylines. This set of stories will be a wonderful one-hitter-quitter setup. [...]
The Punisher and its offshoots are comics I tend to read between reading stuff that I really dig. It basically is a away for me to fill some time and get a little blood-and-guts fix before continuing on with heavy reading or deeper storylines. This set of stories will be a wonderful one-hitter-quitter setup. The Untold Tales pushes some extra stories in after Frank Castle finished up with Kingpin and gets a few nice stories mixed in with the stuff that has already occurred.
This story follows Jimmy Frisco, a gambling addict with a hot wife and not so hot life, getting bullied by his bookie who, of course, he owes a shit ton of money. He is told he has to kill a jockey or the bookie’s goons will kill him, his wife and his dad. So, we follow him as he tries to gather the nerve to do the deed, get yelled at by his wife, and eventually off the jockey. A witness to the crime spices things up and he has to decide whether or not to kill them (he does). Just when he thinks he has everything figured out and stacked in his favor, The Punisher shows up and kills the bookie’s goons in front 0f Jimmy. He demands that Jimmy set him up with the bookie, who also appears to be a drug dealer, and kills everybody. Jimmy figures he is now free of the debt and good to go on with his life. Frank Castle thinks differently. He knows about the murders and knows it was Jimmy who did it. After Jimmy tries to beg and explain it all away, he ends up just like the last panel of the comic says: “Fucked”.
Overall, it was a decent read. For a 5 minute story, I didn’t feel it was worth the price I paid for it.