let me start of by saying i have a somewhat love/hate relationship with garth ennis. i like his work because its personal. i hate his work because its personal. he writes some wonderful stuff over a range on genres. but when he runs out of steam he tends to fall back to his go-to-guy-moral-of-the-story: god and religion sucks, which is cute, but after repetition, becomes cliched. so. ennis has been writing max punisher for over 50 issues now. fifty. ive been waiting for the ball to drop, but nada, this guy just keeps chugging away. i suspect its due to the socio-political issues he implies, hence keeping him inspired. max punisher is a bleak, bleak view or how the world works and reflects on the worse humanity has to offer. the punisher fits in, naturally. the following is a list of why i am thankful for ennis writing the punisher, and comics in general: - thank you ennis, for not reinventing an (almost) classic character. in this day of reimagining/reboots, this comic doesnt require such gimmicks to tell a good story (and more importantly, make a sale.) - thank you ennis for being funny, thoughtful, scary, sad, all at the same time. i think there are more talented writers out there, with more flair. but none writes with the same fire and...a thing of hardness? like he does. not a lot of ppl can wear their heart on their sleeve and look good doing it. but hes doing it. and its not even creator-owned title. - thank you ennis for making super heroes relevant. this could just be the cynic in me, but i dont look at the world and say, we could use a superman/batman/spiderman to make it a better place. but when i read his punisher, i do go 'i bet if there was a real punisher out there he could make a difference'. which is scary, when you think about it.