The Punisher: 7 Essential Stories You Must Read

5. The Slavers

I guess if Garth Ennis's MAX run is known for anything, it's for bringing brutal realism to comic book storytelling and this is one of the best examples of that - Ennis being one of the few writers to add actual depth and intricate plots to the Punisher to go along with its extreme violence.

The subject matter of sex slavery in this volume is truly disturbing and the Punisher is used as a mouthpiece for Ennis€™s obvious disgust on the matter - after rescuing a young girl from some would-be rapists, the Punisher listens to her disturbing life story and sets out to end the ring of forced prostitution and abuse once and for all.

The pure anger and the violence that the Punisher enacts is a long time coming, and anyone with a pulse can€™t help but smile as he guns down these sociopaths with stoic satisfaction.


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