Review: The Punisher: From First to Last

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The Punisher: From First To Last

Collection: Punisher: The Tyger, Punisher: The Cell, Punisher: The End © 2004-2008

Publisher: Marvel / Max © 2008

Writer: Garth Ennis

The Tyger

Artist: John Severin

Colors: Paul Mounts

Letters: Virtual Calligraphy’s Randy Gentile

Cover: Tim Bradstreet

The Cell

Pencils: Lewis Larosa

Inks and Finishes: Scott Koblish

Colors: Raul Trevino

Letters: Virtual Calligraphy’s Randy Gentile

Cover: Tim Bradstreet

The End

Artist: Richard Corben

Colors: Lee Loughridge

Letters: Comicraft’s Richard Starkings and Jimmy Betancourt

Cover: Richard Corben and Jose Villarrubia

the punisher: from first to last

John Severin’s art on The Punisher: From First To Last is unique and warm. I thought that this clashed a bit with The Tyger storyline. What I mean is Severin’s shading style. He often utilizes a series of lines to bring shape and definition to the images. His thicker, blacker shadows are used sparingly. This is reminiscent of old newspaper artwork. To me this seemed warm and inviting. Like Grandma’s house. Whereas the story was cold and hard.

the punisher: from first to last

Lewis Larosa’s artwork on The Punisher: From First To Last was great. It was hard, dark and gritty like the story, The Cell. The angles were amazing. There’s a scene where Frank smashes in a guy’s head. But we only see his hand and the pipe on the tail end of each backswing. Each time he swings back more pieces of skull and brains are in the air. This was clever and very effective as it showed less and said more all at the same time. The colors on The Cell by Raul Trevino added a very appropriate dark tone to the artwork. His subtle color choices really made the atmosphere.

the punisher: from first to last

Garth Ennis knocked it out of the park with the three stories in Punisher: From First To Last. The Tyger was a great look at Castle’s sense of justice and righteous violence. We see Ennis even use the poetry of Blake in this tale as a catalyst.

The Cell was my favorite story in The Punisher: From First To Last. Ennis portrays Frank Castle as a force of nature, nature’s dark side. Punisher Turns himself in and goes to prison so that he can tie up a few loose ends and deal out some revenge. Ennis’ Punisher is dark, brooding, even sinister when it comes to those he hates. The Cell reveals these qualities in the best way possible. The End was not as good as the first two stories.

In The Punisher: From First to Last, the world has been devastated by nuclear war. But the 1% elite have managed to save themselves from the nuclear fallout. Not on Castle’s watch. Those greedy, self-obsessed, ruthless, war-profiteers and social corrupters will not escape punishment.

the punisher: from first to last

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The Punisher: From First to Last

$15.99
The Punisher: From First to Last
95

Story

10/10

    Art

    9/10

      Overall

      10/10

        Pros

        • Great writing
        • character defining work

        Cons

        • A little pricey for 3 issues
        • artistic feel fluxuated greatly

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