Monday, January 04, 2010

In Which the Punisher Flattens Wolverine With a Steam Roller



Speaking of the Punisher, and my general lack of interest for the character, I'm even less a fan of the over-exposed, over-rated Wolverine. As I've mentioned, I did enjoy Garth Ennis' run on the Punisher, and issues 16 and 17 may have been the pinnacle, featutring a blackly hilarious team up with the "ol Canucklehead" as only Ennis could write it. Ennis clearly "gets" Wolverine in a way few other writers do, imbuing him with the gravitas and importance he has earned as Marvels #1 cash cow:






Heh heh. Wotta maroon.
In the story, Punisher and Wolverine are both on the trail of mob goombahs who are mysteriously disappearing, leaving only their discarded, cut off lower legs behind. Each hero suspects the other of being the culprit, and they have a classic Mighty Marvel Misunderstanding and fight, before they team up. Of course, the Punisher doesn't play well with others, so he spends the rest of the story fighting an army of revenge-crazed criminal midgets alongside Wolverine, while also trying to incapacitate Wolverine to get him out of the way. Frank first blasts Wolvie's face off with a shotgun, shoots him in the doo-dads, and nearly sets him on fire, but the rodent's healing factor allows him to shrug all that off and keep the "team-up" going. By the time the two have slaughtered all of the little would-be crimelords, Frank realizes he needs to get the nigh-indesructible runt off his back for the long term, when he spies a handy road roller:













That may be the single greatest thing Marvel printed in the last decade. Then he goes into the next room and murders a room full of amputees. That wacky Punisher!



Pages from Punisher ( 2001 series ) #17 by Garth Ennis and Darick Robetson

14 comments:

grifter said...

i was thinking of posting this exact event previously, coupled with the shredded Frank and Daken standing victoriously over him, and tagging it as 'Payback!'

all in all, a gleefully and deliciously gory Punisher story.

MetFanMac said...

The expressions in that first scan sell it for me.

Bob said...

Wow, this is everything that's wrong with comics today, all in one sequence. Graphic and gratuitoous. Completely inaccessible to new readers. "Pete Marten"? WTF is that? Context, anyone? Why doesn't his face grow back? Shot in the balls? Really? Would anyone let their kid read this sadistic shit?

Jack Norris said...

"everything that's wrong with comics today"

This comic is several years old.

Also, a "Pine Marten" is a weaselly cousin of the wolverine, and this is clearly a joke of the "deliberately getting the animal the character is named after wrong" kind.

I considered the Punisher a totally worthless character until Ennis's black comedy take on him.

Brian Hughes said...

The comic was published in 2002, was labeled "PG+" under the quasi-mature Marvel Knights imprint, and featured the words "Violent Content" in large letters in the upper corner, so it was as straightforward about this stuff as one could hope, I think.

Kandou Erik said...

You should've mentioned Wolverine's revenge in his own book - which oddly ended with an insinuation that The Punisher was gay. It was like a fight between little kids "Well, if you shoot off my character's nuts, than I'm gonna call you're character gay!"

Brian Hughes said...

I must've missed that gem.

The Punisher IS gay. Gay for guns.

coco67 said...

http://pwbeat.publishersweekly.com/blog/2009/12/30/spotlight-on-putting-things-that-explode-near-your-junk/#more-9261


I produce with no comment.

Oh,and it's got the Codpiece, Brian.

demoncat said...

i remember the steam roller scene had one of wolverines creators barry windsor so ticked that marvel wound up telling Garth he can no longer be allowed to ever use wolverine again. though wolverine getting run over by a steam roller was hilerous in a cartony evil way.

Kandou Erik said...

I doubt that banning Wolverine for Ennis is true. Didn't Wolverine appear in the finale issues of regular Punisher series, teaming with Daredevil and Spider-Man to finally take Punisher down?

Mego Thor said...

I love how Wolvie never shuts up though the whole scene.

Brian Hughes said...

He kept referring to himself as "the 'ol Canucklehead" throughout. Does he ever really do that?

Anonymous said...

Suck on it Wolverine fans. It was about time someone put that annoying midget in his place.

Bob... shut the fuck up and grow a pare for god sakes. There was no banning Ennis from using any Marvel character. Talk about madeup crap that you didn't even prove.

Anonymous said...

Most stupid shit Marvel has ever done.