The finale of the second three-part “Punisher Invades The ‘Nam” and Chuck Dixon’s last issue of the series takes us through the end of Iceman’s story about Frank Castle’s time in country, with plenty of action, as Frank defends a firebase and confronts the colonel who may or may not know about the shady things that have led to his fellow soldiers’ deaths. It’s “Down to the Ground” by Chuck Dixon, Kevin Kobasic, adn Jimmy Palmiotti in The ‘Nam #69.
I take a look at the issue and reflect on the overall Punisher storyline and also look at the historical background for January and February of 1972.
Chuck Dixon, Kevin Kobasic, and Jimmy Palmiotti take us through the second part of a three-part Punisher storyline with “The Walking Dead.” Frank has made his way back to his firebase and has uncovered the nefarious deeds of his C.O. Will he confront him or will he perish in a firefight before he can dole out … PUNISHMENT?! Oh, stop laughing. Anyway, I cover the issue and give a very brief review (I’m saving it for the finale, I guess), cover letters and ads, and take a look at the rest of 1971.
This time around, we close out the three-issue POW storyline with “The Ville,” a story by Chuck Dixon, Wayne Vansant, and Nicholas James that sees what happened to Ritchey when he escaped the POW camp. Will he make it out of the jungle alive? Or will he get caught and sentenced to an even worse fate? Find out in The ‘Nam #61.
I’ll also be covering historical information from March 1970 as well as letters and ads.
We reach the conclusion to “The Death of Joe Hallen” with “Down So Long …” in The ‘Nam #58, a story written by Chuck Dixon with art by Wayne Vansant and Tony DeZuniga as well as a cover with metallic silver ink by Andy Kubert (it’s about as Nineties as The ‘Nam will get, kids … at least as far as the covers go). Also in this episode, I wrap up the historical context for the year 1969 with a look at December.
“The Death of Joe Hallen” hits its penultimate chapter with “Burned” from The ‘Nam #57. Joe and his Marine unit finish their covert mission for a CIA agent and try to find their way back to more friendly territory, but things don’t exactly turn out as planned. It’s brought to us by Chuck Dixon, Wayne Vansant, and Tony DeZuniga. Plus, I’ll take a look at the historical context for October 1970.
Chuck Dixon, Wayne Vansant, and Tony DeZuniga bring us part two of “The Death of Joe Hallen” in The ‘Nam #55 as Joe Returns to Vietnam for some LRRP and falls in with a new group. Plus, I take a look at “Christmas in Saigon,” an episode of the classic 1980s Fox television drama 21 Jump Street.
Chuck Dixon’s regular tenure as the writer for The ‘Nam begins with part one of “The Death of Joe Hallen,” a special five-party storyline featuring art by Wayne Vansant and Tony DeZuniga. In this issue, we get a closer look at Joe (whom we’ve seen briefly before) and what is waiting for him when he returns from Vietnam to Baltimore. Additionally, I take a look at another story of a vet returning home from Vietnam by looking at Bruce Springsteen’s classic song, “Born in the U.S.A.”