Deadpool Versus the Punisher

Deadpool Versus the Punisher

Book - 2017
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Publisher: New York, NY : Marvel Worldwide, Inc., a subsidiary of Marvel Enterainment, LLC, 2017
ISBN: 9781302907488
1302907484
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm

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terrymcginnis
Apr 15, 2019

What I enjoyed about this book is that there is a clear and concise plot that Fred Van Lente sticks to throughout. It doesn’t get overly complicated but more importantly, the story doesn’t end up all over the place and nowhere at the same time like some other graphic novels I’ve recently read (I’m looking at you Tom King). I find it’s very easy for comic book plots lines to end up as a giant convoluted mess perhaps partially due to writers trying too hard to tie into long complex character histories for established characters or, as it often seems, just due to poor planning of their storylines and the final outcomes. Lente avoids these problems and it makes for a refreshing and entertaining read.

Frank Castle is going after a guy named Simon Banks, who goes by the name “The Bank”, and manages illicit funds for the world’s top criminals and their organizations including the Kingpin. This guy also happens to be Deadpool’s accountant and “Uncle Wade” is also very close to the family. Frank suspects that Wade isn’t aware of Banks’ deep ties to the underworld and the types of crimes he helps fund and Wade thinks Frank doesn’t care if Banks’ innocent family members and kid end up dead in his one-man war on crime. Thereby, the whole Punisher vs Deadpool scenario is set up. From there it’s a fun ride with a few simple surprises and twists but all of it in the good light-hearted R rated style of fun that Deadpool is known for. Yes the Taskmaster shows up in this as does “Don of the Dead” who’s’ kind of an absurd character and he also gets a wedgie so it might all sound a little silly. Still, even with the juxtaposition of the seriousness of the Punisher’s character and wackiness of Deadpool, Lente strikes and nice balance and delivers a fun story that’s a nice entertaining work of escape fiction—that’s pretty much the most you can ask from a good superhero comic.

The art from Pare Perez is great as usual although the Punisher’s face looks kind of different than what he traditionally looks like. His face is younger looking, his short perfectly matted hair is a little different too and his body is sort of “stumpy” looking at times and I’m not sure if all this is an intentional updated interpretation of the character or not. Overall, the art is exceptional throughout and Parez is a highly talented artist that gets the fine details in backgrounds, vehicles and facial expressions just right, aspects that many comic artists have trouble with. His panels usually make you stop and look around and his visuals really help bring the story to life.

I recommend this book for some fun escape entertainment but it’s better for a slightly older or more mature reader than some younger marvel fans for sure as there are some very disturbing scenes and violent scenarios that are not really explained or put into any sort of context. So definitely keep the young ones away from this one!

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Apr 15, 2019

terrymcginnis thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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"Other people are fundamentally unknowable. Even your closest and oldest friends are capable of betrayal at any moment because you only know what they choose to show to the world."
- Deadpool

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