Saturday, October 16, 2021

Jerry Smith:

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Raise the Dead

PUNISHER PRESENTS: BARRACUDA MAX

Genre: Action/Adventure, Adult, Crime

He’s baaaaaaaack! Last time we saw this nearly indestructible killer-for-hire, he and the Punisher had just taken turns brutalizing each other. Having left Barracuda gut-shot, minus several fingers and swimming in a pool of sharks, the Punisher thought he had won. He’d be wrong. Back in the ‘hood, Barracuda is up to his old tricks, taking what he wants and indulging his taste for cross-dressing “ladies” of the evening. He is quickly summoned by mob boss Christopher Angelone (drawn to more than slightly resemble actor Christopher Walken). Angelone has a job only Barracuda can accomplish: help his feeble, hemophiliac son murder a rival crime boss to “make his bones.”

Only Garth Ennis could make a comic this funny, offensive and enjoyable. With a load of mean-spirited violence and something to anger every social or ethnic group, the Barracuda is an equal opportunity offender.

Punisher Presentrs: Baracuda Max

Marvel, 2007

$3.99

Jerry Smith is a writer, video producer and sales rep living in the wilds of Burlington, KY. His parents bought him a few comics to page through at age four and he’s never looked back. Even after discovering girls. According to ComicBase, his collection today is pushing 20,000 books, with additions every week. A lover of the hobby and the entire comics medium, Jerry still feels that every Wednesday is like Christmas. Thoughts and comments are always welcome at jerrysemail@fuse.net.

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