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Punisher #9 (of 12)

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Universal acclaim

Based on 3 critic ratings.

The epic showdown between the God of War and the Fist of the Beast.

But even if the Punisher somehow survives Ares, other forces are already gathering to bring him down, once and for all.

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27 pages
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3 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    This fast-paced chapter is told from the point of view of various heroes terrified and worried about what Frank has become. [Art] continues to be divided into two 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.
  • 93

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Readers, Punisher #9 is extremely well-written and perfectly crafted to unveil new and specific twists and turns that will keep fans on the edge of their seats. The time and preparation in constructing a series like this are evident. From researching Frank’s comic book past in detail to connecting the feelings of actual war veterans, Aaron’s taken the Punisher and carved out one of the best books Marvel has to offer right now. And frankly, one of the best he’s written since his Conan and Thor run. The pacing is perfect and mixed beautifully with the monologuing over the relentless action cluttering each page of this issue. I almost recommend reading Punisher #9 separately from looking at the art first, then just looking at the art alone, and concluding by re-reading it all together. It may make for a better understanding and a more powerful issue. Lastly, don’t overlook the intricate detail with the art as well as the vibrant colors that place this story in such a great package. I truly couldn’t recommend Punisher #9 more or this entire series. It may appear too late to join in now. However, if you can get the Punisher trade for the first 6 issues and ask your LCS for the last three, you’ll be in business.
  • 90

    I can finally see the shape of Punisher as the High Priestess recounts past flashbacks to entirely rewrite the Punisher mythos as a supervillain's origin story. It is an astounding upending of the table, but the story doesn't seek to retcon Frank Castle so much as it wants to redraft the character from ground one. Regardless of how fans may feel, it's an astonishingly entertaining affair as nuance is dropped to present Frank Castle the Superhuman Killing God-Machine. (...) Aaron, Saiz, and Azaceta may not have made a better mousetrap, but they've definitely delivered the most engaging and enjoyable Punisher in many, many years.

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About the Author: Jason Aaron

Jason Aaron (born January 28, 1973) is an American comic book writer, known for his creator-owned series Scalped and Southern Bastards, as well as his work on Marvel series Ghost Rider, Wolverine, PunisherMAX, Thor, and The Avengers.

Early life

Jason Aaron was born in Jasper, Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers (1979), on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket (1987) was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase comic books from spinner racks, some of which he still owned as of 2012.

Aaron graduated from Shelby County High School. He then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.


Aaron’s career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine story script. The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 (June 2002), gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors. In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to DC Comics’s imprint Vertigo, which became his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side. The Other Side was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries, and Aaron regards it as the “second time” he broke into the industry. Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to Scalped, a creator-owned series with artist R. M. Guéra set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation.

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions. Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008. In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped. In July of that year, he wrote the Penguin issue of Joker’s Asylum.

After a four-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, “With Wolverine: Weapon X we’ll be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre.” In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine. He followed this with the relaunch of The Incredible Hulk in 2011 and Thor: God of Thunder in 2012. Aaron and artist Mike Deodato collaborated on the Original Sin limited series in 2014. In 2018, Aaron relaunched Thor with Mike del Mundo and The Avengers with Ed McGuinness. In addition to his work on Marvel characters, Aaron wrote a year-long run on the Conan the Barbarian series after Marvel regained the licensing rights to the character in 2019.

At the 2019 San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that Aaron’s Thor storyline which depicted Jane Foster acquiring the mantle of the Thunder God would be the basis for the 2022 film Thor: Love and Thunder.

Personal life

Aaron moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 2000, the day after the first X-Men feature film was released.

Aaron is a passionate and well known fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide football team.

Commenting on the religious themes that run through his work, Aaron says he was raised Southern Baptist, but has since renounced religion:
I’ve been an atheist for many years, but I’ve remained fascinated by religion. If anything, I’ve become more fascinated by religion and faith after I lost mine.”

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