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review 2018-03-17 08:00
Bloody Mary
Bloody Mary - Garth Ennis,Carlos Ezquerra

Bloody Mary is a reprint of an original series from 1997. So, I assumed that at least some people thought it had stand up to time and was worthy of a new edition.

However, not often I've been able to say that I didn't like a book more convincingly than with Bloody Mary. It really wasn't for me. Neither style, story or art could bother me. A struggle to finish.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-12-29 01:06
The Punisher MAX, Vol. 5: The Slavers - Leandro Fernández,Garth Ennis

Punisher intercedes, on the fateful night that he sees a young, hysterical woman taking potshots at a bunch of scumbags who--once she targets them--decide she's fair game for physical assault before they kill her. Clearly, there's a history between these people, who don't play well with others.

 

So, after Castle helps resolve the situation and gets a chance to chat with the desperate, lost woman--Viorica--he hears such tales of a local human-trafficking ring where women are bought and sold as sex slaves by a group of men primarily from Albania and elsewhere in the Balkans, but expanding, he of course feels he has to bring things to a screeching halt.

 

This was my intro to how things can get in the Marvel "MAX" line. There are no limits to the bad language--think of the three most offensive words in the English language for you personally, and expect to see them in even just this one story--and the violence and gore level is off the charts--whatever the worst image is from the least inhibited Saw film, or whatever. The point of this story, 'The Slavers', is to get Frank Castle to realize that he is facing unbreakable, coldest-of-the-cold, truly brutal human beings...which he does, pretty early on, and which causes him to go beyond his own normal limits when interrogating, infiltrating, and suppressing. It's a war, fought with the same tactics on both sides. Two of Punisher's juiciest targets are an old man, and the woman who helps run the business and who believes all the women to be sold must be raped (there are no rape scenes in this graphic novel, but obviously this story comes with its own blanket rape-trigger warning) and psychically destroyed before they are sold into slavery....an old man, and a woman, two of the characters who get some of the worst Punishment, when all is said and done. Again, most of what is said and done is brutal, but I think I can stop emphasizing that, by now, right?

 

There are some cops roped into the mess before too long, but at best, we have the ones who lie when asked to by their superiors, as regards being "attacked and beaten" by Castle, as part of a new police effort to finally de-Punisherize New York. At worst--well, no coincidence that the biggest law-enforcement effort to end the Punisher comes when he goes after connected criminals. A social worker who has dedicated her life and profession to helping any women who manage to escape this hell, and knows that the women are just as doomed if they are deported (so what the hell is to be done?) is the only other really admirable character in the story besides Viorica, and even the social worker with her heart in the right place lives with the guilt of a wrong decision affecting a baby's future (ie. odds of survival). Good thing to come from that: her guilt means she will help the Punisher temporarily.

 

Go into this story knowing the Punisher does things that, at times, seem to outdo the nastiness of the villains he has chosen to kill. Virtually everybody behaving badly, as it were. But he does it to free many women from lives of unendurable torment from men who don't give it a second thought. I love this story, despite the overall bleakness tied to the facts and statistics put forth in some of the dialogue coupled with the realization that in the real world this stuff is going on as I write this...with no Punisher. Despite the gut-wrenching aspects of the story, it is the Punisher as he was always meant to be--deciding there are literally no rules fighting the worst of the worst; he does to them what they are willing to do to anybody. The most intense words and images around.

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text 2017-12-28 14:50
Reading progress update: I've read 72 out of 144 pages.
The Punisher MAX, Vol. 5: The Slavers - Leandro Fernández,Garth Ennis

re-read heaven. best Punisher story ever (I mean, of the sickening ones)? I dunno--maybe. it's certainly an emotionally taxing one.

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text 2017-12-28 02:25
Reading progress update: I've read 4 out of 144 pages.
The Punisher MAX, Vol. 5: The Slavers - Leandro Fernández,Garth Ennis

this will be a re-read, after quite a few years. I know I loved it...and yes, I do recall that nauseating scene...

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text 2017-08-11 13:54
Reading Updates for May, June and July 2017
Punisher Max: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 (The Punisher (2004-2009)) - Garth Ennis,Darick Robertson,Lewis Larosa,Leandro Fernandez,Tim Bradstreet
Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
The Color Purple (The Color Purple Collection) - Alice Walker

 

I"m not sure why but I've yet again found myself distanced from BL as I was in the earlier months of this year. I'm trying to get back into participating on the site a bit more and noted that I'm way behind on posting what I've been reading in that time.

The good news is that I've caught up with most of my reading challenges for the year and should manage to read over my 150 goal.

 

 

Yearly reading challenge update (May) - 60/150

 

Read in May - 7

Audio - 4

Novel/novella - 3

Graphic Novels - 0

 

5*

 

The Color Purple (The Color Purple Collection) - Alice Walker

 

4.5*

 

Wolf Land - Jonathan Janz

 

4*

 

Dirty Rocker Boys - Bobbie Brown,Caroline RyderThe Sinister Mr. Corpse - Jeff StrandDead Harvest - Chris F. Holm

 

3.5*

 

James and the Giant Peach - Roald DahlThe Flex Diet - James Beckerman

 

 

 

 

Yearly reading challenge update (June) -72 /150

 

Read in June - 12

Audio - 2

Novel/novella - 5

Graphic Novels - 5

 

5*

 

Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes

 

4.5*

 

Krampus: The Yule Lord - BromRobert Bloch's Psycho: Sanitarium - Chet WilliamsonThe Light is the Darkness - Laird Barron

 

4*

 

The Last Chord - Douglas WynneThe Grief Frequency - Kealan Patrick BurkeWild Night Is Calling - J.A. Konrath,Ann Voss Peterson

 

3.5*

 

3*

 

Bob's Burgers Ongoing #1: Digital Exclusive Edition - Rachel Hastings,Justin Hook,Mike Olsen,Jeff Drake,Ben Dickerson,Brian Hall,Mark Von Der Heide,Adam Beechen,JC McNamee,Frank Forte,Steven Theis,Tom Riggin,Mario D'Anna,Adam Phillips,Hector Reynoso,Anthony AguinaldoBob's Burgers Ongoing #2: Digital Exclusive Edition - Rachel Hastings,Jeff Drake,Brian Hall,Steven Theis,Joe Healy,Emiko SawanoboriBob's Burgers Ongoing #3: Digital Exclusive Edition - Loren Bouchard,Rachel Hastings,Anneliese Waddington,Brian Hall,Anthony Aguinaldo,Hector Reynoso,Mike GuerenaBob's Burgers Ongoing #4 - Justin Hook,Rachel Hastings,Anneliese Waddington,Tom Riggin,Tom Connor,Marcelo BenavidesEvil Ernie: Godeater #1: Digital Exclusive Edition - Justin Jordan,Keith Davidsen,Colton Worley,Cezar Razek

 

 

 

Yearly reading challenge update (July) -  98/150

 

Read in July - 26

Audio - 0

Novel/novella - 9

Graphic Novels - 17

 

5*

 

Punisher Max: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 (The Punisher (2004-2009)) - Garth Ennis,Darick Robertson,Lewis Larosa,Leandro Fernandez,Tim Bradstreet

 

4.5*

 

Ghouls - Edward LeeA Dust Bowl Tale of Bonnie and Clyde: A Short Story - James Lee Burke

 

4*

 

Fables, Vol. 1: Legends in Exile - James Jean,Craig Hamilton,Lan Medina,Steve Leialoha,Bill WillinghamFrom Ashes - Sandy DeLucaRoadkill - Joseph D'LaceyShadowed - Bill GauthierGreat Divide #1 - Ben Fisher,Adam MarkiewiczThe Brothers Grimm: Illuminated Fairy Tales, Vol. 1 [Kindle in Motion] - Brothers Grimm ,Kali Ciesemier,Wesley Allsbrook,Daniel Krall,Peter Diamond,Ashley Mackenzie,Nicolas Rix,Rovina Cai,M.S. CorleyHis Work To See - Richard WrightFor Those Who Dream Monsters - Anna Taborska,Steve Upham,Charles Black,Reggie Oliver,Reggie OliverDawn / Vampirella - Joseph Michael Linsner

 

3.5*

 

Spying on Gods - David G. Barnett

 

3*

 

The Six Million Dollar Man: Fall of Man #1: Digital Exclusive Edition - Van Jensen,Ron SalasKiss #1 - Amy Chu,Kewber BaalCage Hero #1 (of 4): Digital Exclusive Edition - Ian Parker,Kevin Eastman,Rik Hoskin,Renato ReiCage Hero #2: Digital Exclusive Edition - Ian Parker,Kevin Eastman,Rik Hoskin,Renato ReiCage Hero #3: Digital Exclusive Edition - Ian Parker,Kevin Eastman,Rik Hoskin,Renato ReiCage Hero #4: Digital Exclusive Edition - Ian Parker,Rik Hoskin,Kevin Eastman,Renato Rei

 

2.5*

 

2*

 

Homies #1 - David Gonzales,Elliott Serrano,Andrew HuertaHonor: Protect. Serve. Beat. Burn. (Fire I) - Bill JemasSlab: The Doctor Is in (Fire I) - Brian FinkelsteinMedic: Flatline (Fire I) - Brian FinkelsteinIntertwined #1 - Fabrice Sapolsky,Fred Pham-ChuongThe Green Hornet: Golden Age Re-Mastered #1 (The Green Hornet: Golden Age Re-Mastered Vol. 1) - Fran Striker,Bert Whitman AssociatesThe Green Hornet: Golden Age Re-Mastered #2 (The Green Hornet: Golden Age Re-Mastered Vol. 1) - Fran Striker,Bert Whitman Associates

 

 

Challenges

 

Total reading challenge 98/150 (65%)

 

A-Z Challenge - 18/26 (69%)

 

Graphic novels challenge - 37/50 (74%)

 

Random TBR Challenge - 6/25 (24%)

 

Just lagging behind in the TBR challenge, have managed to catch up with everything else.

 

On a personal note it's been a stressful few months with insurance repair issues and the insurance company only just denying my claim after pissing around for a few months. I have now had to go back to my former insurer to lodge a claim, very frustrating, especially as I had wanted my property to go on the market at the end of September/early October. Trying not to panic but hopefully things will go a little bit smoother over the next few months.

Still leaving in December so nothings changing that and to be honest it can't come soon enough.

 

 

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