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Punisher War Journal: Base #1

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Universal acclaim

Based on 4 critic ratings.


Before he was the Punisher, Frank Castle was a husband, a father and a Marine.

Not necessarily in that order.

In this story from between the pages of Punisher, Frank tries to come home… but finds it impossible to leave the war behind him.

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
33 pages
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4 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    We take a detour from Punisher’s escapades as the high-slayer of The Hand to go back to Frank Castle’s past. Punisher War Journal: Base catches up with Frank and his wife Maria, after Frank returns from serving in the marines. It does an excellent job of showing how difficult it can be to return to civilian life after being in the military. Whether it’s Frank Castle or another soldier, it takes time and effort to make a marriage and family work in these instances. We also get to see Frank trying to be there for his family, while also demonstrating his heroic/vigilante tendencies we’ve all come to know him for.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    This comic has powerful dialogues about the post-traumatic stress of living through something as terrible as war and the adaptation process, Torunn Gronbekk once again achieves an impressive and very real narrative.

    It is an art with many details full of textures where they work a lot with the shadows and the facial expressions of Frank.

  • 90

    Graphic Policy

    What most veterans don’t talk about is how hard coming home is. As we are trained to deal with what we have to when we are down range. It is all different when we have to deal with no apparent treat. As we learn to understand how to adapt to normal life. It is different for each of us. As I have friends who could separate the two and just hold whatever pain they have back from their loved ones. Then there are those who just disconnect and they can never function again. Those are the ones who find normalcy debilitating. In this one, Punisher: War Journal – Base, we get to find out who Frank Castle was before he became the Punisher. (…) Overall, Punisher: War Journal – Base is an excellent story that portrays the struggles veterans go through when they come home. The story by Grunbekk is relevant. The art by the creative team is gorgeous. Altogether, a story that shows why so many of us Veterans struggle.

  • 80

    The Comicbook Dispatch

    Punisher War Journal: Base #1 is a good dive into Frank’s back story, with some great character moments and a pulse-pounding second half. It’s interesting to see Frank living a normal life with his wife and kids, before disaster happened. If you love the Punisher, you’ll love this book.

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