Characters Appearing: Jimmy Pierce, Lori Pierce, Midge Cullen, Punisher, Tommy 'Peach' Cullen
Punisher War Journal #72
Issue(s): Punisher War Journal #72
The Punisher crashes into and disables the Cullens' car - to Pierce's shock/horror - and then drives to a deserted truck stop so that they can make a stand. The Punisher realizes that Pierce is not a killer, and it's also worth noting that the Punisher is not aware that Pierce is anything more than a hitchiker. So the Punisher fights the Cullens (who he has his own history with) alone.
The leader of the Cullen clan, Tommy 'Peach' Cullen, has brought a number of Cullen women, including Jimmy's sister Lori and his mom, with him.
While the Punisher kills the rest of the Cullens, Jimmy gets the drop on Uncle Peach.
Lori tries to convince Jimmy to kill Peach and their mom, since they killed their dad. Jimmy tries to negotiate a truce where they all just walk away, but Lori grabs Jimmy's gun and shoots them both. She then gives the gun back to Jimmy and tries to pretend like Jimmy shot them, just as the Punisher is coming in. The Punisher buys it and/or doesn't care. He lets Jimmy run. Lori is subsequently confronted by the Cullens girls, but it turns out that Peach is still barely alive. He's impressed with Lori's actions and makes her the leader of the Cullens before he dies.
As has been the case with the entire Jimmy Pierce story in the backups, this all adds up to a whopping "Who Cares?". Especially since this seems to be Jimmy Pierce's last appearance (and the MCP doesn't even bother to track Lori Pierce).
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: It isn't specified how long the Punisher and Pierce have been together since last issue, but it's probably meant to be the same night.
Steven Grant isn't especially fond of writing super-hero stories. Also, even though he was one of the main creators responsible for making the Punisher red-hot, he wasn't too enthusiastic about the idea of churning out an endless succession of stories featuring the character. However, Grant loves to write crime stories. A lot of his work in the last two decades has been crime miniseries and graphic novels for various independent publishers. So I wonder if this whole storyline was a way or him to write something he actually wanted to, a violent series of misadventures involving crooks & mobsters, and he was able to do so by passing it off as ostensibly yet another Punisher tale.
Posted by: Ben Herman | February 3, 2018 10:06 PM
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