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05-16-2005, 03:10 PM
Welcome to week eleven of Evil Avatarís Weekly Comic Book Reviews.

The Evil Avatarís Comic Book Review Weekly giveaway for week eleven is The Punisher: The Cell from Marvel Comics, courtesy of BCBcomics (http://www.bcbcomics.com/). The deadline for week sevenís entry submissions is Sunday, May 22nd. The selection of the random winner for the May books will occur on May 29th.

The list of books that are going to be given away for the month of May are:

∑ Red Sonja #0
∑ Batman Legends of the Dark Knight #191
∑ The Punisher: The Cell

Remember, these are NOT spoiler-free reviews.

This week's reviews are The Punisher: The Cell, Marvel Team-Up #8, and Desolation Jones #1.

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05-16-2005, 03:11 PM
Week Eleven:

The Punisher: The Cell (Stand-alone issue)

Publisher: Marvel Comics/MAX imprint
Writer: Garth Ennis
Pencils: Lewis LaRosa
Inks: Scott Koblish
Colors: Raul Trevino
Letters: Virtual Calligraphy
Cover Artist: Tim Bradstreet
Editor: Axel Alonso
Price: $4.99 US/$7 CAN

This is a stand-alone single issue written by Punisher scribe Garth Ennis where five powerful criminals are living in the highest form of luxury possible in Rykerís prison. No moves are made against these five criminals who rule the other prisoners and the guards with pure fear. The Punisher catches wind of this and decides that these men deserve to die. He makes himself a prisoner in an effort to get close enough to kill these men while becoming a living target by every inmate in the process. The plot is a bit over the top and the ending that Ennis provides makes the story worthwhile. Ennisí dialogue, scripting and characterization is excellent and provides a great story without trying to milk more than an issue out of it. The artwork provides by Lewis LaRose and Scott Koblish provides the gritty and violent atmosphere that complements the story quite well.

Bottom Line:
If you enjoy the grittier Punisher stories that Garth Ennis has been creating then this issue is worth picking up.

Marvel Team-Up #8 (An ongoing series)

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Artist: Jeff Johnson
Colors: Studio F
Letters: VCís Cory Petit
Editor: Tom Brevoort
Price: $2.99 US/$4.25 CAN


This issue features the meeting of Blade and the Punisher as they watch a group of mobsters and vampires exchange money for arms. The meat of the story is the verbal exchange between Blade and the Punisher, evidently in this situation the Punisher is unaware of Blade existence or vampires being real in the Marvel Universe. Blade runs his mouth like a rabid fan boy which is unlike any of the previous comic and movie adaptations I am used to seeing of Blade.

A subplot from the previous issue that involves an alien named Titannus whose watching various superheroes in some yet to be explained reason to help effort resurrect his catatonic love. Titannus is being tracked by Sunfire and in the two pages that appear in the middle of book do nothing but set up a fight between the two for the next issue.

Kirkmanís dialogue and characterizations, especially those of Blade are completely off of whatís been created and refined by other writers in the past. The artwork is very stiff and lacks any depth due to the lack of inking, which is unfortunately common by artists that ink their own work.

The only reason I picked up this issue is because of the past issue and ongoing storyline that involved one my favorite superheroes, Moon Knight.

Bottom Line:
Unless you are reading this story arc due to the involvement of Moon Knight from the past issue, stay away he's not even in this issue. And if you were looking for a good Blade or Punisher story you should still stay away from this issue. Instead pick up the two new Punisher issues that came out if you are a Punisher fan or dig up a Nightstalkers issue if you're need a Blade fix.


Desolation Jones #1 (An ongoing series)

Publisher: DC Comics/Wildstorm Signature Series
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist/Cover artist: J.H. Williams III
Colors: Jose Villarrubia
Letters: Todd Klein
Editor: Scott Dunbier
Price: $2.99 US/$4 CAN


Warren Ellisí latest creation is Desolation Jones, a British spy whose past work in MI6 had been filled with drinking binges and other career ending follies that led to his admission into the medical initiative called the desolation test. The only information we are privy to involving the desolation test is the subject experiences death for 24 hours a day for a full year, and Desolation Jones is the only subject whose survived. Jones is excommunicated to Los Angeles where other ex-spies and products of various government experiments are allowed to live out the rest of their lives in a form of an open prison without government interference as long as they stay in L.A.

Jones is a pissed off, bitter, cynical protagonist who takes on private investigations that only involved former spies such as himself. Ellis is in his prime when heís working with characters he creates and can do what he pleases with, unlike his work with various Marvel characters. His various plot points, interesting tangents such as supermodernism, decent pacing and crisp dialogue combined with J.H. Williams IIIís unique and breathtaking artwork forges a solid visual story that is quite fun to read. Jose Villarrubiaís colors accentuate Williamsí work to the point you can feel the grime and blood coming off the pages while Jones is in the porn shop and during the subsequent fight.


Bottom Line:
This title restores my faith in Ellisí work, but again itís due to the limitation of what he can do to and with that characters being removed since these are his creations. If you enjoyed Ellisí creator owned work such as Transmetropolitan, then this book is something you would enjoy. However, if you are on the fence of Ellisí past created owned work or mainstream work, this book is worth your time to at least leaf through. If nothing else, the art being created by Williams is some of the best non-superhero out there right now, comparable to the work being done by Tony Harris in Ex Machina.

Remember, these books as well as back issues, trade paperbacks, toys and statues are available at BCBcomics (http://www.bcbcomics.com/).

The Evil Avatarís Comic Book Review Weekly giveaway for week eleven is The Punisher: The Cell from Marvel Comics courtesy of BCBcomics (http://www.bcbcomics.com/). The deadline for week nine entry submissions is Sunday, May 22nd. Click here (everlost_mi@evilavatar.com) to submit your entry and donít forget to include your Evil Avatar screenname.

05-16-2005, 03:23 PM
I'm a HUGE punisher fan. I cant wait to read The Cell.

05-16-2005, 04:44 PM
The Punisher isn't aware of vampires in the Marvel universe? I was certain he bumped into Morbeus and his crew during the crossover story arc between the night children or whatever series.

05-16-2005, 04:51 PM
The Punisher isn't aware of vampires in the Marvel universe? I was certain he bumped into Morbeus and his crew during the crossover story arc between the night children or whatever series.

I agree. I thought there were other instances of the Punisher knowing about vamps being real in the M.U. But for some reason he's unaware of it. Maybe it's the result of Onslaught or what the Scarlet Witch did in the end of the Avengers ? ;)

05-16-2005, 05:20 PM
I just got notice that the new Punisher MAX trade has been shipped to my house. GLEE!!

05-16-2005, 05:32 PM
I saw some stuff on Blade from before the movie... he was totally lame. But after the movie he became awesome. Just a intersting fact, in that he went from using wooden knifes and being kinda sucky, to being a nigh unstoppable force of stylish death.

05-16-2005, 07:12 PM
Hey, is Mick Gray not involved in Desolation Jones? I thought he and Williams always worked together.

05-17-2005, 06:54 AM
I know they worked on a ton, but I think Mick is working on Justice League Adventures with Tim Levins right now.