I have known for quite awhile that this is writer Garth Ennis' last story arc on Punisher Max. Because I so desperately don't want Ennis to leave the title, I have been in complete denial about it.
Then I saw the pull list for this week and I couldn't deny it anymore. Issue 60 is Ennis' swan song on a book he rejuvenated. From the first maxi-series "Welcome Back Frank" to the last story arc about mobster wives seeking vengeance, the work being done in the Marvel Max Punisher book has been top notch.
I know there are Ennis detractors out there. God knows I have seen the rants. I can see the Ennis burnout factor even. I just can't agree. I shy away from Ennis' war stories because that is not my cup of tea, but I loved his work on Hellblazer, Preacher, Hitman, Boys, and here in Punisher. I just flat enjoy it. Ennis is irreverent and we all know it, but we still take the ten cent ride.
At any rate, I am sitting here knowing that his run is coming to an end. I have enjoyed his work with incredible artists on the book, and I just don't want to turn the last page.
That is why I choose to be in denial.