- Taschenbuch: 112 Seiten
- Verlag: Marvel; Auflage: 01 (21. Februar 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0785110259
- ISBN-13: 978-0785110255
- Vom Hersteller empfohlenes Alter: Ab 18 Jahren
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,6 x 0,6 x 25,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 3 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 464.764 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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The year is 1971. With mounting casualties and a rising anti-war sentiment, America's time in Vietnam is coming to a close. Yet in the isolated Valley Forge Firebase on the Cambodian border, Captain Frank Castle is one of the few soldiers still committed to the fight against the enemy. With dwindling reserves, Castle must stand against an impending Viet Cong attack that threatens to wipe out the entire American platoon. To survive the battle, what grim decision must he make that will forever alter the course of his life? In this acclaimed tale, superstar Garth Ennis reveals the never-before-told story of the horrors. Castle was forced to face to come home from Vietnam alive, ending in a shocking twist that will forever change how readers see Marvel Comics' most famous urban vigilante. This work collects "Born" Numbered 1-4.
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The Punisher: Born" ist die Vorgeschichte der neuen Max-Serie, in der es noch brutaler wird als bei den Knights. Ennis will ein älteres Publikum erreichen, weg vom skurrilem Humor, hin zu dunkleren, tiefgründigeren Geschichten. Wenn er den Weg weiterverfolgt, den er mit Born" beschritten hat, dann stehen den Punisher-Lesern großartige Zeiten bevor!
Ennis sagt, daß Born" seine bislang ernsteste Geschichte und frei von Humor sei. Ganz so kraß ist es dann doch nicht. Ernst ist die Geschichte schon, aber nicht humorfrei. Schwarzen Humor muß man allerdings mögen, um sich an den entsprechenden Stellen zu erfreuen. Der Frontbesuch des Generals und der Gesichtsausdruck von Frank Castle nach der letzten Schlacht, haben mich zum Lachen gebracht.
Das Thema von The Punisher: Born" wird bereits beim Blick auf das großartige Cover von Wieslaw Walkuski deutlich. Der Leser bekommt einen tiefen Einblick in den Kopf von Frank Castle. Ennis zeichnet das Bild eines Psychopaten, der Freude am Töten hat. Wer seiner Meinung nach unrecht begangen hat, wird von ihm bestraft. Castle lebt um zu töten. Er wünscht sich einen ewigen Krieg, damit er seinen Killerinstinkt vollkommen ausleben kann, so wie er es im Dschungel von Vietnam darf und dafür auch noch mit Medaillen belohnt wird.
Ich war zuerst skeptisch, weil Born" eine Geschichte ist, die im Vietnamkrieg spielt und Frank Castle noch nicht der Punisher ist. Seine Familie lebt noch, er trägt noch nicht das Totenkopf-Shirt. Noch steht er nicht völlig außerhalb der Gesellschaft. Der Punisher gehört nach New York City oder Chicago, in Riesenstädte mit hohen Gebäuden und tiefen menschlichen Abgründen. Erfreulicherweise funktioniert aber auch das Dschungel-Szenario! Und wie es funktioniert! Die Zeichnungen von Darick Robertson vermitteln eine sehr stimmige Atmosphäre.
Abgerundet wird dieses Album von einigen Skizzen, Fotos, dem Konzept von Gart Ennis und einigen Gedanken zur Geschichte von Darick Robertson. Solche Liebe zum Detail ist vorbildlich!
The Punisher: Born" ist ein Highlight der Punisher-Serie! Garth Ennis wird seinem Ruf als bislang bester Punisher-Autor mit diesem Band, mehr denn je, gerecht! Zusammen mit den sehr gelungenen Zeichnungen von Darick Robertson erzählt dieses Comic-Album eine faszinierende Geschichte, die den Punisher aus einer neuen, interessanten Sichtweise zeigt.
Yes, he's still a killer, still someone walking the line between sanity and madness, but there is a reason why.
In "Born", all is told. Starting with Frank Castles days in Vietnam, this graphic novel explains how he became the Punisher-before he became the Punisher. Every drama has its prologue, and this is the one for the man who would later wear a skull and use Spiderman as a punchbag. Doesnt sound nice? Well, it isn't.
Frank Castle is a man in love with war and death. This love blossoms in Vietnam, where he is feared as a friend and enemy, killing more than his share - regardless if they're comrades or Charlies. He has his own code of justice, and he lives and judges/kills by it.
In "Born", Ennis and Darrick Robertson show Castle as someone ready to fall from grace, needing a reason to do so. What this reason is, you should find out for yourself, although i don't like the theory of Castle being kind of destined to become the Punisher because of (read for yourself). Artwork is good, I for my part prefer Steve Dillon (first Ennis/Dillon Punisher series, Preacher), but Robertson does a good job in showing a younger Frank Castle. The "extras", eg "making of" are ok, nothing special so only 4 stars in my opinion.
In short, a great read and "give me the sixty"!
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Punisher MAX: Born isn't your typical origin story. In fact, one could argue that it isn't an origin story at all. When we meet Captain Frank Castle in the first pages of this story, we learn that this is actually his third tour in Vietnam and that he's been in the whole coldly-killing-people business for awhile now. We don't actually see the beginnings of Frank Castle's descent into darkness, but rather his metamorphosis into an apparently invincible agent of death. More on that later.
95% of the story is absolutely fantastic. It puts an interesting new spin on The Punisher character: he doesn't kill because he has to, he kills because he wants to. That's a bold thing to do. Ennis is turning The Punisher from the violent anti-hero he was into a complete psychopath. And I have to say, I really like it. I have never seen The Punisher as an anti-hero. I always saw him more of a conflicted villian that tows the line between focused insanity and totally chaotic insanity. Seeing Pun as a twisted product of war who would do anything he could just to ensure he could rack up his next kill is awesome.
But what kills the entire story for me, is his interactions with "the voice in his head." If you've read Ennis's storyboards, you'll know that the "voice" is intended to be Death himself. It's this supernatural element thrown into a Punisher character that is primarily grounded in reality that ruins the story for me. It makes a little bit of sense from a story perspective, since Ennis needed a way to explain how The Punisher could possibly survive all 30+ years worth of shootouts. But I'd rather suspend my disbelief and assume that he's both very careful and very lucky and that is what has kept him alive. It's way better than just saying The Punisher is untouchable because he's being protected by Death at the price of his family. Not only did that ruin this story, but it soured the proceeding stories a little bit for me as well.
Definitely worth the buy, but in my opinion, the one twist in this story takes a flawless 5/5 book down to a 3/5.
Punisher: Born is set during the Vietnam War in late 1971. Valley Forge Firebase on the Cambodian border is one of the last US military bases in the region, and Captain Frank Castle is one of the last Marines on the base committed to the fight. With dwindling supplies and manpower, Castle senses a giant Viet Cong attack, and to survive, he must make a grim decision that will change his life forever.
While this comic benefits from having a cast full of believable characters, it's Frank Castle that's the best developed character here, after all, as this story is about how he'd become the type of killing machine that's a central trait for The Punisher. Like what some other reviewers have pointed out, this story is like a character study of Castle. Castle is portrayed as a man who lives for the war, and throughout the comic, he struggles with an inner-voice that keeps nudging him into becoming an unstoppable killer. Born does a great job portraying Castle as a man with the darkest urges to go on killing those "that deserve it." Examples of this is when he leads General Padden to his death by making him walk to a sniper range after Padden threatens to shut down the base, and when Castle drowns McDonald for raping a female Viet Cong (though Castle would shoot her in the head, stating that they're here to kill the enemy). The two other most developed characters are fellow Marines Steve Goodwin and Angel. Goodwin counts down the days when he'll be taken out of Vietnam for good while feeling optimistic for all the good things that he thinks await him, and Angel is a druggie that doesn't care about "coming home," as he feels being black, that all that awaits him is a deadly ghetto.
The artwork in this comic is, for the most part, superb. The way the characters are drawn is impressive (despite being in a comic, they have a strong "realistic" aesthetic to them), and especially with Castle, he perfectly matches the unfortunate person whose young, but has seen way too much darkness for someone his age. In the panels where there's combat, there's a sense of visual grittiness that perfectly fits the grimness of the war. This is all done thanks to line artist Darick Robertson and ink artist Tom Palmer, which their combination of artistic contributions create a visually detailed, grimy look of the last days of the Vietnam war.
My only complaint with the artwork is that in the scenes where you'd see Castle and other Marines in the jungle, you can notice that stock "leaf" and "grass" paint brushes from Photoshop were used to color the trees and grass. Not to knock on Palmer, but you'd think that because this is an effort by a publishing juggernaut like Marvel, that they'd stray away from using such stock artistic tools in this area. Knowledge from my college studies in action, hahaha. Oh well, besides this one blemish, I loved the artwork in Born.
Without spoiling the ending, I'll merely say that near the end, Frank Castle looks like something from your worst nightmares, and is a perfect visual representation of the man.
With Born being a part of Marvel's "mature" MAX line of comics, it's certainly not a comic you'd lend out to the kids. With this book taking place in the Vietnam War, there's plenty of scenes with soldiers being torn apart with Claymore mines (this is really gruesome) and heavy-caliber gunfire. There's also a part of the book where a Marine rapes an injured female Viet Cong guerrilla, though you only see an exposed breast on the guerrilla and an exposed buttocks on the Marine.
There's also a lot of salty language in this comic, as the F and S-bombs are used pretty liberally and even some racial slurs are thrown around, though none of these feel gratuitous as given the context of the story, these salty words fit in perfectly.
Garth Ennis struck gold with this tale telling how Frank Castle would eventually become The Punisher. My only overall complaint with this mini-series is that it could have been a little longer to develop the story and characters some more, but what's done here is really well-done, and you should read this if you're craving a comic that does a great job showing how The Punisher was formed.