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Five women, linked by tragedy... and obsession. The Punisher killed their husbands - put them down like dogs - and shattered their lives. Now, they want payback, and they've hatched the perfect plan to get it. To bring the wolf to their door, all they need is bait.Collects Punisher MAX #43-49....

Title : The Punisher MAX, Vol. 8: Widowmaker
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ISBN : 9780785124542
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 168 Pages
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The Punisher MAX, Vol. 8: Widowmaker Reviews

  • Steven Montano
    2019-05-15 17:48

    Great premise, poor execution.I never thought I'd say that about one of Garth Ennis' Punisher stories, but it seems to apply to "Widowmaker". What starts as a tale with a tremendous amount of promise turns choppy and somewhat illogical, and while I felt like a sort of catharsis was attempted I didn't feel this was one of Ennis' better attempts to humanize Frank.As I said, the premise is intriguing: five widows of mafia figures and gangsters eliminated by The Punisher have banded together with the sole intention of killing Frank Castle. They are careful, patient and methodical, and instead of charging headlong into trouble take the time to carefully review every piece of information they can dig up, searching for clues of what went wrong every time someone else has tried to take him on and searching for the chink in his proverbial armor. They find one, and before long they lay a deadly trap. But little do they know there's also someone out seeking revenge against *them*..."Widowmaker" does a fantastic job of illustrating the ramifications of one's actions. That the men Punisher kills would have families of their own and that the cycle of violence would continue to be perpetuated by his actions of course makes logical sense, but in "Widowmaker" Ennis gives that notion a tangible presence and makes it a very real danger, and his point is nicely illustrated in a gruesome prologue where Frank takes down a child pornography ring.The widows themselves are nicely developed, and there's no doubt this is one of Ennis' more somber tales, but unfortunately after a decent first 3 issues the story loses its way. The main plot seems to come an abrupt halt, the secondary story of Detective Budianski never really goes anywhere, and for all of the excellent character development and great ideas the story just didn't have much impact on me...and I *wanted* it to. The core story being told here is intriguing, but I didn't feel like it really developed. 3 stars, largely on the merit of the setup and the new characters, but in the end this is one of the more forgettable tales in the annals of Frank Castle.

  • Steve
    2019-04-23 16:58

    Maybe not the best work Ennis did with the Punisher but it's an interesting take on the violence the Punisher leaves in his wake, the unseen consequences of his actions . It invokes the idea of the cycle of violence never ending, that he is creating victims just as much as those who killed his family, but sadly those characters on the receiving end of that violence who have lost loved ones at his hands are a bit too depraved to really make it a worthwhile debate. And then the other main character, who is basically decent, idolizes him for "rescuing" her. In the end it's a bit of a straw man argument. Would have loved to have seen a real conflict here, Ennis dealing with a widow he made who is a good person but hates him for killing her family. Would she be justified in wanting to kill him? Would Frank fight back? Show us that story; that's got a bit of meat on its bones. But instead Ennis goes for the easy answers here. It's still a good and surprisingly thought-provoking story; it just could have been more.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-04-21 23:58

    Ever wonder what happens to the partners of the criminals Frank Castle punishes? Well, some of these widows get together in this book to kill Frank for his antics in Book 1 of this series. Meanwhile, a mysterious figure is killing men and on the trail of these femme fatales and a disgraced cop is put into a troubling position. One of the best things about this series Garth Ennis has introduced into the Punisher world is that Frank can be a catalyst to a much bigger and more interesting story involving regular people. For example, though this is a Punisher book, Frank spends about half of it out of action while the story never once slows down. Instead the focus is on the murderous widows and the mysterious killer and the book is still a fascinating read and unmistakably a Punisher book. Well written as always by Ennis and superbly illustrated by Lan Medina, "Widowmaker" is a fine addition to a wonderful series and great fun to read.

  • 47Time
    2019-05-13 18:52

    This story arc deals with widows that are left behind by the Punisher's campaign against crime. There is racism, child pornography, molested women, cancer victims and school shootings. The writer finds time for all of them and it's a sad, gruesome ride to hell.Five widows of men killed by the Punisher band together to take him down. They research everything they can find about him. They see a pattern in Frank's tendency to respond to damsels in distress, so they lay their trap. (view spoiler)[Jenny, another widow, enters the fray on Frank's side and saves his life after he gets shot badly. She was glad when Frank killed her abusive husband years ago. The other women tried to kill her, but she recovered from her injuries.A police detective is investigating the event and figures out the widows are to blame, but he needs proof. One of the widows convinces a crackhead to kill the detective in broad daylight, but his wife ends up shot instead. Meanwhile Jenny moves against the widows and mercilessly kills all of them in street, except her sister whom she beats to death in front of Frank. She then kills herself to end her own suffering. (hide spoiler)]

  • Stephen
    2019-05-09 20:46

    Not bad. The weak link in the Ennis run.

  • J.
    2019-04-23 23:47

    By this far in the run, the formula has set in and this arc suffers because of it. It's fairly paint by the numbers and there isn't anything substantial here at all. It reads like filler, which isn't odd considering that Ennis' run with the character was coming to a close. It isn't terrible, but the characters are stock and bland and the writing doesn't have the flair that earlier stories did.

  • Volkan Soylu
    2019-05-13 21:00

    Beginning was harsh, but i can't say the same for epilogue.

  • M.i.
    2019-05-17 21:48

    This is one of my favorite stories because the stars/villains are so unexpected. Even the twist was well done.

  • Octavi
    2019-05-15 23:59

    Genial. Otro grandioso tomo!!

  • Jedhua
    2019-05-09 21:52

    ABSOLUTE RATING: {3.5/5 stars} (Rounded Up)STANDARDIZED RATING: <4/5 stars>

  • Angel
    2019-05-12 21:52

    While I like The Punisher, he is not a character I follow regularly. The title of this volume caught my eye, and when I read the description, the premise was interesting: the widows of men The Punisher has killed in his mission team up to try to take him down. Ennis had a good run on The Punisher series, and it shows here. These women are not innocent victims; they took benefit of their families' and spouses' fortunes, making them part of the criminal enterprises. And yet, for some, there may be some sympathy caught in that world. And to make things more interesting, there is a secret in the past of the widows that will complicate things even more; a figure from their past they thought long dead returns seeking revenge as well. This is a volume packed with action and drama, and it grips the reader until the very end. I read it one sitting, unable to put it down.

  • Liam Berry
    2019-05-11 20:04

    Possibly my least favourite of the Ennis Punisher run so far, the main concept felt hokey and forced and I really didn't like the characters making up the group of widows or the ending for that matter. I did like the moments where Castle is meditating on the cumulative effect all the violence he has committed might be having on him but this felt like it wasn't really explored enough. I'm hoping that the final two collected editions focus more on this side of his character. Still, another enjoyable read despite its flaws.

  • Travis
    2019-04-23 16:47

    Very in your face and brutal but it's the Punisher so that's to be expected. Not sure why but I found this story super enjoyable. Maybe it was all the girls in it I don't know. One thing, you almost feel bad for all the Punisher's victims. Almost. Then you remember they are scum bags and that it's not revenge, it's punishment :)

  • CJ Louis
    2019-04-23 16:37

    This is amazingly written and drawn, the story is well thought out and put together. I really respect that the story follows a timeline and does not change to allow things in. Once I picked the first issue up I could not put it back down, I had to keep reading. This was time well spent and I recommend this series to all comic book fans and non fans.

  • Rachel Dolan
    2019-05-09 23:55

    I'm not the biggest Punisher fan, but Mike is, so I end up reading a lot of these. The Punisher is an interesting character, and the excellent Punisher Born gives him an amazing backstory, but mostly he's a bit too violent for me. That being said, I really enjoyed this story, where he is up against the wives of 4or 5 men he killed. An interesting focus on women in such a violent series.

  • Steven Gaskin
    2019-05-02 16:59

    A interesting aside on the Punisher Max journey, but as Castle spends a significant number of pages out of the picture, it feels light. Plus his adversaries came across as comedic, which I doubt was the intention.

  • Michael
    2019-04-21 00:02

    I liked it surprisingly. It gave bit of incite into the mob life that the other titles didn't. Well incite into the lives of the women married to the mob. I could've done without some characters, but all in all it works. The ending was a bit ehh. But I enjoyed it.

  • Pinkbullets
    2019-05-10 18:51

    time for revenge - five widows of the mafiosi the Punisher had killed in Vol. 1 come together to plan their revenge on Frank Castle

  • Sean
    2019-05-06 22:58

    3 1/2 really

  • Mark Trenier
    2019-05-01 19:40

    An excellent graphic novel if you can get past the brutal violence, the vulgar language and the usual mayhem

  • Nidah (SleepDreamWrite)
    2019-05-18 23:57

    Well that was interesting. Weird but interesting. Like most Punisher volumes. The concept art at the end was pretty good.

  • Michael
    2019-05-05 21:50

    A decent volume. It seems like Ennis struggles to draw a narrative that makes the most of Frank's emotions despite his perpetual silence.

  • Cory Rathbun
    2019-05-01 18:54

    Dark and crazy. The damage done to the people left behind, who've been hurt already. It was one of the more emotional collections in a while. Respect it, even if you can't like it.

  • Seizure Romero
    2019-05-10 15:38

    In a startling surprise ending and completely unlike every other Punisher episode penned by Garth Ennis, almost everybody dies.

  • Hasse
    2019-05-17 17:55

    For being a Garth Ennis script it's very little graphic violence. It's there of course but instead he has focused on the result of revenge and what it does to people. Nice one and a keeper.