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Punisher #12 (of 12)

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Generally favorable ratings

Based on 6 critic ratings.


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33 pages
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6 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    This story closes a masterful arc, where the final story of the Punisher is presented.

    It is divided into two different artistic visions, that of PAUL AZACETA and JESÚS SAIZ, the first is dedicated to flashbacks with highly textured and organic art while the second offers hyper-realistic art, with super violent sequences.

  • 90

    After all of the fire and fury of this Punisher series, all that is left for its epilogue in Punisher #12 is the final judgment of Frank Castle and it concludes Jason Aaron, Jesús Saiz, and Paul Azaceta’s run in a powerful fashion. With Frank Castle shot and near-dead, he is confronted by Marvel Comics icons like Captain America, Wolverine, and Black Widow like ghosts visiting Ebenezer Scrooge. Each brings a different perspective to the mass murderer who made a deal with the devil to continue waging his never-ending war. These reflections frame everything that preceded this moment with little sympathy for the monstrous actions and horrors perpetrated by Frank Castle, while still seeking to understand the man who transformed himself into a beast. It’s as clearsighted of an outlook on this twisted figure of superhero comics as I’ve encountered and one that encourages readers to reflect on the stories and ideas embedded in 50 years of comics and film. All of this is wonderfully realized in crisp present imagery by Saiz and grungy flashbacks by Azaceta, still as striking of an artistic pairing as they were in Punisher #1. This series has been unlike anything in the Punisher’s long history to date and concludes with a unique and compelling understanding of an anti-hero Americans cannot escape.

  • 78

    Graphic Policy

    Written by Jason Aaron, Punisher #12 finishes off Frank’s run as the tool of the Hand and the Beast. I’ve read the run off and on, generally disagreeing with Aaron’s story and take on the character. To me, there’s some contradictions to the character that creates some issues with the foundation of him.


    The art by Jesús Saiz and Paul Azaceta with color by Matt Hollingsworth and lettering by Cory Petit is pretty solid. The two styles are very different and on their own would be great but together are a bit too different and it’s a bit jarring. Again, it looks fantastic on their own but overall the combo of these styles don’t quite work side by side.

    What you think about Punisher #12 will really hinge on your thoughts about this current take on the character. It adds some interesting aspects to the character but overall it’s a big change for the character that could lay the groundwork for what’s to come.

  • 75


    Punisher #12 ends the story in a way that makes me want to read the entire series again, but maybe not for the best reasons. It was clear with the last issue what this was all about, but this final issue is less a period and more of an ellipsis, as all “final” stories are for superheroes.

  • 75

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Punisher #12 brings Jason Aaron’s run, and the character’s presence in Marvel, to a close with a thoughtful and quiet ending to the Punisher’s war. The character moments are surprisingly mature, and the art continues to maintain the high quality offered in issue #1, but readers looking for the Punisher to go out with a big bang may find this ending anti-climactic.

  • 70

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Punisher #12 lacks the same action, suspense, and creative narrative twists that fortified this series to this point. Now, I know many Punisher fans have been upset with the direction the character has gone this past year. And I get it. However, to change the character as much as Aaron has and to not really provide fans with an ending that provides closure to this story is a bit upsetting. It ultimately hurts fans who hated this change to the character as well as those who loved it. This lack of closure basically hurts both sides of the aisle. Why end the series this way? Everything about the character and his backstory is now different. Moving forward, he’s also no longer the Fist of the Beast. So, he’s not the same Punisher, his motivations have all been altered through the series, and now all for what?

    Plus, I strongly disagree with Aaron’s personal, ending statement about this character being a tragedy. It WAS a tragedy until he made him into a child psychopath who was molded at birth by the Hand. It was a tragedy until fans saw a raging lunatic from a horror film with an insatiable desire to kill. You see, his family being gunned down as the cause of his war on crime is what made the character so tragic. Take that away, as well as an ending that manages to close the circle on this series, fails to retrieve anything that was once the character. It’s almost as if Aaron couldn’t pick a side to end this series and left the character half-altered on an island. To anyone taking over the character in a future series, I simply say good luck. I was on the side of the change. It was wildly creative. However, without a solid ending, all the foundational character changes become pointless.

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