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Book Title: The Punisher MAX, Vol. 2: Kitchen Irish|
The author of the book: Garth Ennis
Date of issue: December 7th 2005
ISBN 13: 9780785115397
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Ah…crap salad! This Garth Ennis offering left my disappointment level nestled somewhere between "that's it, really?"
and "how could you do this to me?"
Ennis is among my favorite comicers and he has scripted some of the best such work I’ve ever read (the Preacher series being a prime example). The man has got skills and I don’t mean to attaint his rep with my unenthused missing-the-pointment for this particular story arc. It didn’t work for me and I didn’t particularly care for it, but it also wasn’t dreadful.
Old man Nesbitt, Irish mob boss, ruler of Hell’s Kitchen and meanest, nastiest cuss to ever walk the Earth has died. In a seeming final act of kindness (yeah right), Nesbitt has left a will worth $10M to whatever of the 3 competing Irish groups can acquire the correct code. The catch: Nesbitt gave each group one-third of the code.
And the players take the field in an all out battle royale for control of the loot and the territory. Meanwhile, Frank Castle, with some help from an ex-British soldier decides to use the chaos as an opportunity to load up the body bags with as many of the competitors as they can.
Ennis, a Northern Irishman, uses Hell’s Kitchen to explore, with his typical violent, cynical satire, the brutality that engulfed his homeland during the Troubles as Irishmen battled not only the British, but also their fellow Irishmen for the right to act as the “voice” of the people. I get what Ennis was doing….I just didn’t think it was a very good story and it never pull me in to it.
On the plus side, there are a cadre of classic Ennis characters populating the story, including:
** Old Man Nesbit was a powerful presence when he was either on the page or being referred to in flashback mode.
** Napper, an elderly grandfather type who use to do carve jobs for Nesbit decades ago and is forcibly unretired by one of the factions to do some persuasive amputations.
**Maginty, the self described “Baddest N***** ever to come out of Dublin town," is a huge Rastafarian looking killer who runs the smallest of the 3 factions.
Nobody crafts the violently depraved social deviant better Ennis and these three are gems.
However, despite some interesting psychotics and a handful of really good scenes, the story never managed approached compelling for me. A main contributor to this lack of engagement was Frank Castle being an also ran in this episode and fluttering in and out of the narrative more like a supporting character than the star. I wanted me a whole lot more Punisher. Without him, there was central driver of the tale and it became a series of detached individual scenes rather than a cohesive story.
This was compounded by the fact that all of the gang thugs were various textures of scum and so I really never cared about what happened to any of them. Thus the killing and mayhem were without real drama or tension and thus…ho hum.
Speaking of that, the vulgarity and uber violence here seemed cheap and shortcutty rather than essentially informing to the story. This is one problem I occasionally have with Ennis, whose penchant for over-the-topness can vacillate between goregasmic perfection to off-puttingly exploitive. For the most part, the latter held the day here, though this reaction may very well be a reflection of my general detachment to the story and lack of engagement with the characters.
Overall, this wasn’t horrible and there were moments where Ennis’ lens of subversive commentary and insight are spot on and approach the border of brilliant. Still, in the end this was a bit of a miss. For a lesser writer I might have given a weak 3 stars but I know Ennis can do much, much better and so no passes will be issued.
2.0 to 2.5 stars.
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Read information about the authorEnnis began his comic-writing career in 1989 with the series Troubled Souls. Appearing in the short-lived but critically-acclaimed British anthology Crisis and illustrated by McCrea, it told the story of a young, apolitical Protestant man caught up by fate in the violence of the Irish 'Troubles'. It spawned a sequel, For a Few Troubles More, a broad Belfast-based comedy featuring two supporting characters from Troubled Souls, Dougie and Ivor, who would later get their own American comics series, Dicks, from Caliber in 1997, and several follow-ups from Avatar.
Another series for Crisis was True Faith, a religious satire inspired by his schooldays, this time drawn by Warren Pleece. Ennis shortly after began to write for Crisis' parent publication, 2000 AD. He quickly graduated on to the title's flagship character, Judge Dredd, taking over from original creator John Wagner for a period of several years.
Ennis' first work on an American comic came in 1991 when he took over DC Comics's horror title Hellblazer, which he wrote until 1994, and for which he currently holds the title for most issues written. Steve Dillon became the regular artist during the second half of Ennis's run.
Ennis' landmark work to date is the 66-issue epic Preacher, which he co-created with artist Steve Dillon. Running from 1995 to 2000, it was a tale of a preacher with supernatural powers, searching (literally) for God who has abandoned his creation.
While Preacher was running, Ennis began a series set in the DC universe called Hitman. Despite being lower profile than Preacher, Hitman ran for 60 issues (plus specials) from 1996 to 2001, veering wildly from violent action to humour to an examination of male friendship under fire.
Other comic projects Ennis wrote during this time period include Goddess, Bloody Mary, Unknown Soldier, and Pride & Joy, all for DC/Vertigo, as well as origin stories for The Darkness for Image Comics and Shadowman for Valiant Comics.
After the end of Hitman, Ennis was lured to Marvel Comics with the promise from Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada that he could write The Punisher as long as he cared to. Instead of largely comical tone of these issues, he decided to make a much more serious series, re-launched under Marvel's MAX imprint.
In 2001 he briefly returned to UK comics to write the epic Helter Skelter for Judge Dredd.
Other comics Ennis has written include War Story (with various artists) for DC; The Pro for Image Comics; The Authority for Wildstorm; Just a Pilgrim for Black Bull Press, and 303, Chronicles of Wormwood (a six issue mini-series about the Antichrist), and a western comic book, Streets of Glory for Avatar Press.
In 2008 Ennis ended his five-year run on Punisher MAX to debut a new Marvel title, War Is Hell: The First Flight of the Phantom Eagle.
In June 2008, at Wizard World, Philadelphia, Ennis announced several new projects, including a metaseries of war comics called Battlefields from Dynamite made up of mini-series including Night Witches, Dear Billy and Tankies, another Chronicles of Wormwood mini-series and Crossed both at Avatar, a six-issue miniseries about Butcher (from The Boys) and a Punisher project reuniting him with artist Steve Dillon (subsequently specified to be a weekly mini-series entitled Punisher: War Zone, to be released concurrently with the film of the same name).
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