Punisher & assorted Zombies

Marvel Comic Punisher 3
Marvel Comic Zombie 3
Marvel Comic Black Panther 30

Punisher - Dark Reign

I don't want to write about the Punisher. I want to write about Image titles, and about the Howard the Duck Omnibus that came out last year. I have lots to say about Steve Ditko. And yet here I am, typing on a Macintosh with Frank Castle looking over my shoulder. The sad part? He's not making me do this at gunpoint. I want to be Castle's Minister of Propaganda.

I've just finished reading Punisher (Dark Reign) number 4. It's very good. I used to think the Punisher stories Mike Baron did back in the '80s couldn't be beat. Then came Garth Ennis and his faithful sidekick, Steve Dillon. Now we've got a guy named Rick Remender writing and Jerome Opena doing the art, and it's so damn good, all of it.

For a mere $2.99 a month, you get:
The Hood
Frank eating undercooked liver
Minor Threat and Dead Kennedys posters on the wall of a warehouse occupied by Henry, Frank's new Micro
An organ farm
New York City depicted in the way comic fans like it best (dirty)
The Sentry
Staple guns used in lieu of sutures to close Frank's various wounds
A dead rat
Castle reciting the lyrics to "Sweet Home Alabama"
Pain, gore, mayhem, paranoia, bullets, hunting knives, high-speed chases, etc . . . .

Buy this title, and tell all your friends to get on board. This is going to be one hell of good ride.

The Trade Paperback Kid

Zombie -- MAX

Clumsily written by Mike Raicht and illustrated by Kyle Hotz, this four-issue miniseries tells the story of Simon Garth, an assistant bank manager who experiences the ultimate bad day. His bank gets robbed. He gets kidnapped. Zombies (results of military experiments gone awry) attack Garth, the bank robbers. And so on.

Marvel's first big Zombie success happened in the '70s. Back then, Simon Garth was an arrogant CEO who'd become a zombie the old-fashioned way: he died and was resurrected by a voodoo priestess. The rich, cold, cruel square was turned into a penniless dead (albeit muscular) hippie.

Culturally-speaking, the '70s Simon Garth made sense: college-age readers could get a thrill watching a middle-aged businessman become a swamp-dwelling monster that looked like he'd stayed too long at Woodstock.

Raicht's updated version of Garth, by way of contrast, is a kind of bank-employee "zombie" when we meet him; aside from being infected by a zombie bite, he doesn't really evolve -- or devolve, for that matter.

There’s enough exposed intestines and splattered brains here to get true zombie enthusiasts amped up. And for the most part, the art's good. But this retelling of the life story of Simon Garth lacks what it, and Simon, need most: a reason to exist.

The Trade Paperback Kid

Black Panther -- The Initiative (#28-30)

If you read Marvel Zombies (and who hasn't?), you're aware that, on Marvel's alternate-reality Earth number 2149, Galactus was eaten by Spider-Man, Luke Cage, Wolverine, Giant-Man, Iron Man and the Hulk. Much to our delight, these six icons reappeared in the pages of Black Panther, The Initiative. Semi-decayed, and each sporting Galactus gear (the Hulk wears a purlple mini-skirt), Zombie-team Galactus are as hungry as their cosmic-powered victim had been, and they're ready to eat anything and everything they can cram into their filthy little faces.  When the zombies encounter Black Panther and the Fantastic Four on the Skrull planet, things just get downright weird. Without giving anything away, we can safely tell you that there's even a guest appearance by Thanos and Mistress Death. With creepy covers by Marvel Zombie master Arthur Suydam, this 3-issue mini-arc is a must-have for un-dead aficionados the world over.

The Trade Paperback Kid

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