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Born #4

Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2003
By: Paul Brian McCoy



ďThe Last DayĒ

Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Darick Robertson (p), Tom Palmer (i)

Publisher: Marvel Max

Well, it all comes together here. This is a very satisfying conclusion to Frankís origin. Ennis once again establishes himself as maybe the best war writer working in comics today. The first three quarters of this issue is the Viet Cong siege of Firebase Valley Forge and it is intense. Combine the dramatic pacing with Robertsonís fantastically detailed artwork and this finale more than makes up for some of the shortcomings of the last couple of issues.

I was very pleased to see that even though Steve doesnít survive, he does end up well. When Frank finally gives in to the voice inside of him it is chilling. And the price that Frank will have to pay is equally disturbing. Now we see why Frank is so driven. Now we understand what is going on inside of his head.

If this is any indication of what the new Punisher title is going to be like, I canít wait. This is hopefully the beginning of a very dark period of storytelling involving Frank. As much as I enjoy the humor in the current Punisher title, Iím really looking forward to this.



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