On a whim, I did a Google search for Punisher pics by Big John, and discovered a trade paper back that collected a five-issue story arc from 1994's Punisher: War Zone. It immediately went on my Amazon wish list. But last week, I found a copy in my local comic shop, and being one to support local businesses, I picked it up.
But for me, the best part is John Buscema's artwork. It is always a pleasure to see, and makes any book worth reading, IMHO. Inerestingly, this TPB collects five issues, but the fifth issue was only broken down (rough pencils) by John, and finished by Tom Palmer. And you can tell. Tom is a good artist, but something is lost when he finishes John's work. However, John's layouts and breakdowns are still very evident, so it's forgivable. the only other critique I had was that the covers for each individual issue weren't done by John, and don't really reflect the story within very well. but, that's typical for comic books in general.
I had the chance to meet John at the San Diego Comic Con in 2001. But, I was shy and chickened out. He passed away that following January, and I have been kicking myself ever since.
All that being said, if you enjoy a good Punisher story, and enjoy John's art, I highly recommend this book.