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The Punisher quite literally kills the Marvel Universe in a classic tale by Frank Castle's signature writer, Garth Ennis! But don't worry, the MU is back for round two - kind of - in a post-apocalyptic war zone filled with cannibalistic supertypes. Plus, bullets fl y in some of Frank's best clashes with the costumes and capes! He'll come between old pals Luke Cage and Iron The Punisher quite literally kills the Marvel Universe in a classic tale by Frank Castle's signature writer, Garth Ennis! But don't worry, the MU is back for round two - kind of - in a post-apocalyptic war zone filled with cannibalistic supertypes. Plus, bullets fl y in some of Frank's best clashes with the costumes and capes! He'll come between old pals Luke Cage and Iron Fist, and gatecrash Spider-Man's volatile fi rst meeting with Nightcrawler - this ain't no Team-Up! COLLECTING: PUNISHER KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) 161-162, HEROES FOR HIRE (1997) 9, PUNISHER (2001) 33-37, PUNISHER WAR ZONE (2012) 1-5, MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. PUNISHER 1-4


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The Punisher quite literally kills the Marvel Universe in a classic tale by Frank Castle's signature writer, Garth Ennis! But don't worry, the MU is back for round two - kind of - in a post-apocalyptic war zone filled with cannibalistic supertypes. Plus, bullets fl y in some of Frank's best clashes with the costumes and capes! He'll come between old pals Luke Cage and Iron The Punisher quite literally kills the Marvel Universe in a classic tale by Frank Castle's signature writer, Garth Ennis! But don't worry, the MU is back for round two - kind of - in a post-apocalyptic war zone filled with cannibalistic supertypes. Plus, bullets fl y in some of Frank's best clashes with the costumes and capes! He'll come between old pals Luke Cage and Iron Fist, and gatecrash Spider-Man's volatile fi rst meeting with Nightcrawler - this ain't no Team-Up! COLLECTING: PUNISHER KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (1963) 161-162, HEROES FOR HIRE (1997) 9, PUNISHER (2001) 33-37, PUNISHER WAR ZONE (2012) 1-5, MARVEL UNIVERSE VS. PUNISHER 1-4

30 review for Punisher vs. the Marvel Universe

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sud666

    This had the potential to be bad. Surprisingly it isn't. The entire theme of this volume is stated in the title. The first story "Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe" is at best a 2 star. A silly premise and a silly story. Then we are treated to a reprint of an old Amazing Spiderman story where he fights Nightcrawler and the Punisher. Another 2 star "blast from the past", not a compliment, with the outmoded art and stupid blurbs where the hero/villain has to explain what they are doing in a running This had the potential to be bad. Surprisingly it isn't. The entire theme of this volume is stated in the title. The first story "Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe" is at best a 2 star. A silly premise and a silly story. Then we are treated to a reprint of an old Amazing Spiderman story where he fights Nightcrawler and the Punisher. Another 2 star "blast from the past", not a compliment, with the outmoded art and stupid blurbs where the hero/villain has to explain what they are doing in a running dialogue. It's old and tiresome. Then there is a definite upswing with the Heroes for Hire storyline with Punisher going up against Iron Fist and Luke Cage. Not the best out there-but passable. Then there is the excellent Marvel Knights issues- where Spiderman, Logan and Daredevil try to take down the Punisher. Good story and excellent art. The other stories from the Punisher War Zone and Punisher series all follow the same theme- Punisher vs an array of different heroes. Well done-good story and good art. It's those last few stories which rescued this volume from a 2 star rating. All in all a good read for any Punisher fan.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe by Garth Ennis & Doug Braithwaite - 3.5 stars In this version of the Punisher origin, Frank's family is killed during a super battle in Central Park. He declares war on all costumed people and is aided by a group of people who were hurt during super hero battles. Amazing Spider-Man #161-#162 by Len Wein & Ross Andru - 3.0 stars Spider-Man's first meeting with Nightcrawler. The Punisher shows up later on and teams up with Spider-Man. Jigsaw's first appearance (in Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe by Garth Ennis & Doug Braithwaite - 3.5 stars In this version of the Punisher origin, Frank's family is killed during a super battle in Central Park. He declares war on all costumed people and is aided by a group of people who were hurt during super hero battles. Amazing Spider-Man #161-#162 by Len Wein & Ross Andru - 3.0 stars Spider-Man's first meeting with Nightcrawler. The Punisher shows up later on and teams up with Spider-Man. Jigsaw's first appearance (in a garish yellow and lavender costume to boot). Heroes for Hire #9 by John Ostrander & Pasquel Ferry - 3.5 stars The Punisher has amnesia. A kid hires Luke Cage to save Frank Castle while the government hires Iron Fist to capture the Punisher. Features some pretty terrible Pasquel Ferry artwork from the early 90's when everyone was copying the Image artists. Punisher #33-#37 by Garth Ennis & John McCrea - 4.5 stars Part of Garth Ennis's fantastic Punisher run. The heroes that Punisher meets most frequently (Spider-Man, Daredevil, and Wolverine) decide to finally bring him down. He pretty much always has their number and makes them look like chumps. My only complaint is how John McCrea draws Wolverine. He looks ridiculous. Punisher War Journal #1-#5 by Greg Rucka & Carmine di Giandomenico - 5 stars This story is pretty much perfect. Great story, fantastic art and coloring. Spider-Man has had enough and sics the Avengers on the Punisher. One by one they go after him and he embarrasses them until the end. Marvel Universe Vs. the Punisher #1 - #4 by Jonathan Maberry & Goran Parlov - 4 stars Most of the world contracts a disease that turns them into cannibalistic savages. The Punisher is immune and declares war on all costumed individuals. Goran Parlov's art is just OK but the story is a lot of fun.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ned Lud

    A compilation of some of Frank's most notorious kills. A fascinating read! Mr.Castle is one bad-ass motherfucker!! Oh yeah, and it is texted by Garth Ennis, who is also one......... A compilation of some of Frank's most notorious kills. A fascinating read! Mr.Castle is one bad-ass motherfucker!! Oh yeah, and it is texted by Garth Ennis, who is also one.........

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    The only did here is the Heroes for Hire, which I got stuck on for several months before pushing through it to the rest of the book, which went pretty quickly. I think my favorite was the final story--the alternate universe one where there's some kind of cannibal virus. Though the Marvel Knights arc was pretty entertaining, too. Ennis writes wolverine like such a dope. I've never been a fan of how violent Ennis can be, but damn he consistently tells good stories that go to unexpected places. He' The only did here is the Heroes for Hire, which I got stuck on for several months before pushing through it to the rest of the book, which went pretty quickly. I think my favorite was the final story--the alternate universe one where there's some kind of cannibal virus. Though the Marvel Knights arc was pretty entertaining, too. Ennis writes wolverine like such a dope. I've never been a fan of how violent Ennis can be, but damn he consistently tells good stories that go to unexpected places. He's the only Punisher writer whose stories I'll seek out. I've never been a big fan of the Punisher, either, but in this collection you get a sense of how he might be the most idealistic of all the Heroes in that he was willing to sacrifice his own humanity, his own soul, for the sake of his mission--and now, after all this time without a soul, the mission exists without real purpose anymore because of that missing humanity. It's a bit of an enigma, innit?

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)

    This book is exactly what the name implies. Frank Castle takes on the various Marvel heroes, and it's usually not pretty. The stories span from the earlier (and cheesier) Marvel days to the more recent Greg Rucka run. My favorite is still the Rucka run. The artwork steals my heart. I love it. Castle is scaled down to hard edges and determination and his partner Rachel Cole-Alves has that same edge of determination in her eyes. The first story is a what if, the question being that the marvel hero This book is exactly what the name implies. Frank Castle takes on the various Marvel heroes, and it's usually not pretty. The stories span from the earlier (and cheesier) Marvel days to the more recent Greg Rucka run. My favorite is still the Rucka run. The artwork steals my heart. I love it. Castle is scaled down to hard edges and determination and his partner Rachel Cole-Alves has that same edge of determination in her eyes. The first story is a what if, the question being that the marvel heroes (the Avengers) unwittingly caused the death of Castle's family, and as such, Castle becomes a one-man kill squad who sets out to eliminate every super-powered person on earth. That was not fun reading. While Castle is always an antihero, I don't like when he's the out and out bad guy. Having him systematically kill all the Marvel heroes was damaging to my psyche and my perception of the Punisher. There's a few stories my feelings are in-between about. I don't mind when Castle comes into opposition with the Marvel heroes when they don't end in lethal confrontation. There is one story arc where he's very, very mean to Wolverine. Understandable that Wolverine more or less can't be killed, but Castle was downright cruel in the way he incapacitated Logan. In the last story, it's a post-apocalyptic scenario in which Castle is one of the few remaining humans who hasn't been infected by a plague that has made people into carnivorous monsters, if not zombies. The remaining folks have split up into tribes run by ruthless leaders. Castle's mission is to eliminate the monsters and protect the innocent, and the mission is everything. Punisher is always single-minded. His psychology is very simple. See criminals punished and deal with bad guys with finality. Typically, he doesn't kill innocents or even good guys, but in the first story, he crosses that line. I didn't like seeing him that way. Anyone who reads this book has to realize that Punisher is definitely not the hero, if he ever is. Definitely worth reading for Punisher fans.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kenny

    Marvelicide! If you like Punisher, this is it, too.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brannigan

    I liked this one a lot. It’s got a wide variety of styles and stories. Five different stories all basically about the Punisher going to war against other heroes. There should be at least one story in the lot any Punisher fan would love. I enjoyed them all except for the second book in the collection. It dealt with Luke Cage and the Iron Fist.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carla Rodrigues

    Jesus Christ. The best of Cyclops being a prick, I guess.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Benton

    Most of these stories are badass. Fun to see so many classic marvel characters in one book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Harley

    Great story line except for the last story which i didn't enjoy much overall love the spider man comics in the middle and Garth Ennis bit. Great story line except for the last story which i didn't enjoy much overall love the spider man comics in the middle and Garth Ennis bit.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Tariq Bokahri

    A huge turnoff for anything superhero.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Matt Sautman

    The Punisher is an archetype of absolutist justice. Within this anthology of crossover appearances, the reader is treated to various interpretations of what absolutist justice means within competing contexts and realities. The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe, for example, places this archetype within a perpetual cycle that ultimately undermines itself. If the Punisher punishes those who break the law, what becomes of the Punisher who punishes those lawbreakers outside the parameters of the le The Punisher is an archetype of absolutist justice. Within this anthology of crossover appearances, the reader is treated to various interpretations of what absolutist justice means within competing contexts and realities. The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe, for example, places this archetype within a perpetual cycle that ultimately undermines itself. If the Punisher punishes those who break the law, what becomes of the Punisher who punishes those lawbreakers outside the parameters of the legal system? This question is addressed throughout the entires with multiple responses, but the bookend to the anthology, The Marvel Universe vs. The Punisher, provides the ultimate response to this question. Is the Punisher who punishes those who break the law outside of the legal system truly a hero, or do people only perceive him to be a hero because the ethically questionable means he executes "justice" through produces ends that benefit their social situation? Is he really a villain we have been misled into thinking he has been a hero all this time?

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jacob

    Public library copy. Another mixed bag of reprinted stories from different eras in comics by different folks. Most of the stories contained inside I'd read before. Some stories I'd rank higher and others lower so the 3 star rating is an average. For any Punisher fan there's probably an interpretation they like in one of the tales. Public library copy. Another mixed bag of reprinted stories from different eras in comics by different folks. Most of the stories contained inside I'd read before. Some stories I'd rank higher and others lower so the 3 star rating is an average. For any Punisher fan there's probably an interpretation they like in one of the tales.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Reyel2107

    mad guilty fun !!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    M.i.

    I really enjoyed this book. I felt the writers understood the character well and told the type of stories that portray him as an unrelenting vigilante who ironically has a code of conduct.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Nothing but complete Punisher awesomeness!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Some of the stories in this book were hit and miss, but on the whole it was a nice collection, especially the War Zone entries by Garth Ennis

  18. 4 out of 5

    Robert Scrivner

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thad

  20. 5 out of 5

    Frank Castle

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jeffery R. Smith

  22. 5 out of 5

    Taru

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tracy & Austin Hanna

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gary G

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sean

  26. 4 out of 5

    Lorena (Rory in the TARDIS)

  27. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

  28. 4 out of 5

    Robert Grimminck

  29. 5 out of 5

    Amon

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ick

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