The Punisher #1 Review

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Posted August 23, 2018 by Kyle Simcox in Comic Books

Written By: Matthew Rosenberg

Art By: Szymon Kudranski

Published By: Marvel Comics

Frank donning the Warmachine armor was a whole lot of fun. It was refreshing to see Frank punishing a whole invading military force and take on the other costumed super heroes of the Marvel universe. However all good things must come to an end and return to basics. For the Punisher, that return has left Frank with a taste for a higher quality criminal and only made him more vicious. Something Baron Zemo and his cohorts are going to learn soon enough.

First off, let me just say that this entry into the Punisher’s long history of kicking ass is everything you’d ever want. It doesn’t take long for the shit to hit the fan as we get about 30 pages of Frank doing what Frank does best. It’s a gory, fun mess and the story flows like an opening to a Guy Ritchie film. There’s a few moments where the action is paused to progress the story. When you’re taken back into the action, The Punisher gets very little page time. It’s usually just guns being fired or a silhouette of Frank brandishing the trademark skull on his chest and it gives him that Apex Predator feel and the end of the comic might just shock you.

While Nathan Edmondson and Mitchell Gerads’ run with the Punisher back in 2014 will always have a special in my hear as one of Punisher’s best runs(in my opinion anyway), the artwork in this new run is a much needed step in the right direction as well. I wasn’t a huge fan of the last series artwork as the faces all kind of looked the same. Everyone had a face like Dolph Lungren. Now however, Frank is sporting a much more classic look and the book as a whole is very dark and brutal.

While it’s heartbreaking to see his time with the Warmachine armor come to an end, The Punisher #1 still manages to show that there isn’t anything wrong with the classics. Although it might be feel a bit disjointed at times, you’ll learn Frank Castle is a man at the top of his game those dastardly villains better beware because he’s done hunting your average everyday gangster.


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Kyle Simcox