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The final epic confrontation between Frank Castle and Bullseye, as the maniac assassin hits Punisher with everything in his arsenal, including a dark secret that cuts Frank to his core. Even if Frank survives, he will never again be the same.

STORY BY Jason Aaron
ART BY Steve Dillon
COLORS BY Matt Hollingsworth
COVER BY Dave Johnson

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  1. i have been waiting for this arc to end for some time now, i am buying this series in hardcover so now that its finished I shouldnt have to wait too much longer.

  2. It looks like Aaron is off Punisher Max after this issue.

  3. Shame that the last issue was filler (i.e. it had to recap everything from the arc because of the hitaus) because this was a pretty damn good arc. Hope this is gonna end with a disturbing bang.

  4. @AmirCat  Really? That stinks! Is that it for the book, or is Aaron just off? I thought I had read somewhere that he had a ton of stories and was on for the long haul.

  5. @AmirCat@Andrew: I have just purchased the new previews at my LCS and it shows that Jason Aaron is still writing for PunisherMax with a new arc called “Frank” .

  6. @Avistann:  I hope so, cuz if Aaron goes, I’m going with him.

  7. @Avistann  oh ok, I’m glad I;m wrong. I had seen that the next arc on my pull list was not written by Aaron

  8. Sweet!

  9. Violent and gross as hell. Wouldn’t have it any other way.


  10. Another high quality Punisher issue. Great ending! Any thoughts on what Bullseye said to Frank??

  11. Best dude getting hit in the face with a sledgehammer panel ever. 

    I think he said something like “I’m sorry” or something. I don’t know. I’m kind of mad that they’re going to lead us on with that! 

  12. @MegaPhilip  The same thing Bill Murray said to Scarlette Johansson in “Lost in Translation”.

  13. @SirCox  For real, dude! You knew the guy was end in an ugly fashion but when I turned the page and saw the sledgehammer to the face pannel I exclaimed. 

  14. Ahh, what did he say?!

    @MegaPhilip  I am expecting it to be something indicating that Frank is letting his family die so he can become The Punisher. I had this idea last issue, that the only thing holding Frank back was his family, and that he has to let them be killed to become what he is destined to be. This ties in really well with Ennis’ run on the book, especially the mini with Frank in Vietnam.

  15. @kennyg  That’s what I was thinking. That’s why I think it was something like “I’m Sorry” or something. Really neat take on the character.

  16. Yeah I was thinking the same thing, something along the lines of “I’m sorry” or even “Goodbye.” I loved Ennis’s run and though I love Aaron I ws a bit nervous when I heard he was gonna do this book…silly me.

  17. At first I felt the ending was too unresolved, but after reflecting on it a bit I’m glad Aaron went the way he did. The next arc should be really interesting, and Bullseye is just too awesome.

  18. That was fucking amazing. Also – the first bit of character development of the Punisher for 35odd years?

  19. @SamMorgan  You’re right – this adds another twisted layer to the character. That makes it tie in so nicely with “Born” too (read it if you haven’t). The MAX version of the Punisher is a sick puppy. So much more than just a guy who lost his family to crime and kills bad guys as a result.

  20. I will actually say that my biggest problem with this series is that I think it’s sort of dumb for them to tie it in to Ennis’s run since they were COMPLETELY different in tone. Ennis’s MAX run was realistic, gritty, dark, political, and what not. This one is more in line with the Knights run(and I”m not just saying that because of the Steve Dillon art). It’s a tad more silly and hyper violent. 

  21. @SamMorgan. I totally agree about the character developement. I have been waiting for this!

    This issue wraps up the Bullseye’s story arc, albeit taking quite some time to finish. With that stated, it was well worth the wait. What this last issue does is finally answers the question: Can the Punisher flinch? The last moments of this issue had my heart racing. What did Bullseye say to The Punisher to make him react the way he did? I don’t have my magnifying glass handy, so I will have to wait.  Great arc and it leaves a better one to come.

  22. I think Bullseye said “Die”.  He’d been hinting Frank wanted his family gone beacause they were in his way, but he uses their death to fuel his rage for his war.  Bullseye figuring this out and letting him know he knows just f—s with Frank’s head. 

  23. @LRecio  Highly doubt it would be “Die” as that would not be character development but character destruction. Frank loved his wife and children and though, as was hinted in earlier, he likely saw what was coming, it would be ridiculous to say that he maliciously caused it.

  24. @SirCox  Not too sure about that. I understand why you might say that but I don’t really think that’s the case. In the first arc Wilson tortured and killed his dad, was raped in prison, and killed his son to further himself. And the Mennonite was one sick dude, I could definitely see him in an Ennis book, same thing with the nasty crime Granny. Same with Bullseye too actually. I think a lot of it has to do with the art and coloring. I’m think if they got a grittier artist it would look and feel very similar to Ennis’s MAX run.

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