Bullets and Bodies in ‘Punisher MAX: Happy Ending’ [Preview]
Peter Milligan has been bouncing in and out of superhero comics for years, whether in long runs like the fan-favorite “X-Statix” or brief one-shots like “Moon Knight: Silent Night.” in this week’s “Punisher MAX: Happy Ending” one-shot, he’s bringing his particular brand of identity-focused writing to bear on Frank Castle, featuring art by Avatar Press staple and relative newcomer to Marvel, Juan José Ryp.
This is just another “Punisher” one-shot, right? There’ve been dozens of those, so why should you pay attention to this one? Well, Milligan has been creating superhero comics for adults, ones with genuinely mature stories rather than simply exploitative, for years. Ryp’s Geof Darrow-esque hyperdetailed style seems like a good fit for Frank Castle, as he draws cities that look realistically filthy and people who slump and bend like real people. This is a book that looks good and reads even better than it looks. Check out the preview after the cut.