A two part review, that honestly I don't feel much like writing, so I'll just give it a quick summation. This hardback is the introduction to Marvel Max, through a character that people already expect to be a little, well, non-PC. The Punisher. It accomplishes just that. The first story (In The Beginning) is fine, although a little boring, and the second story (Irish Kitchen) is pretty damn good. The problem with Punisher is that is not a very deep character and usually his wights go only one of two ways, the bad guy runs away or gets torn to pieces by his M-16. Either way it's short. This is a problem because in order to fill out the story, you get endless scenes of crime heads talking crime in a bar and plotting their next attempt to bring Castle down, or scenes of cops at the station talking about how to catch Castle or the crime lords he's after. These make up about 15-20 pages of any given Punisher issue. Overalll the writing is very good, but there is just not enough excitement to go out of you way for.