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Review: The Punisher #8

The Punisher #8

I wish I could say that I’ve been a long standing fan of the Punisher, that I’ve followed his adventures through the years and that my Punisher collection is numerous and vast. But I can’t. I’ve read maybe half a dozen Punisher comics in my life that didn’t involve a crossover of some kind or another (usually with Wolverine),and after having devoured season two of the Netflix adaptation in two days, I was excited to get started with the current arc.

Frank Castle is in jail in a Hydra controlled country where he is waiting for his execution date by killing the odd Hydra guard and accepting a brutal beating meant for a nun.

The Punisher #8 tells the story of the inmates’ attempt at a jailbreak, and Castle leading the plan. Why would he help criminals escape prison? A good question with a surprisingly simple answer that you’ll find within the comic’s pages. The process and planning for the escape has Frank’s narration over the step-by-step actions and it works really well as a story device. Although I can’t honestly compare the few issues of this series to other Punisher comics, it’s every bit as good as the others I have read; Matthew Rosenberg‘s story puts Frank in a relative new (to me at least) situation where you get to see how capable and deadly a man he really is.

Given the comic’s setting, the art is suitably grim and gloomy. The Punisher frequently comes across as the most menacing person on the page (as he should), and the audience is reminded several times why he frequently runs afoul of the other Marvel heroes; Frank Castle is not a nice man. He’s only just on the side of not-a-villain, and watching the occasional moments where the hero/good man shines through is often more jarring than watching him shove a stun baton down a guards throat before turning it on (last issue, if you’re wondering).

I can’t judge this as a Punisher fan, but as a fan of the show who wants to read Punisher comics, this was an excellent place for me to start getting into the character’s comics. It doesn’t hurt that this would be a really interesting story regardless of the lead character, but that it stars Frank Castle is the cherry on top of the sundae. The next issue can’t come soon enough.

Story: Matthew Rosenberg Artist: Szymon Kudranski
Colourist: Antonio Fabela Letter: VC’s Cory Petit 
Story: 8.7 Art: 8.6 Overall: 8.6 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Punisher #7

Punisher #7

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Greg Smallwood
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jan 30, 2019
SRP: $3.99

LET THE PUNISHER FIT THE CRIME!
• Can Zemo’s bid to turn Bagalia into a legitimate nation withstand the Punisher?
• What chance does the Rule of Law have in a land full of outlaws?
• Frank Castle is notoriously hard to kill, but an entire nation of super criminals might just do it.

Punisher #7

Preview: Punisher #6

Punisher #6

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Greg Smallwood
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Jan 09, 2019
SRP: $3.99

BAGALIA BOUND!
• The Punisher is extradited to the worst place imaginable…Bagalia! Hydra Nation itself!
• Frank’s been in prison before, but he’s about to enter a prison on an island full of bad guys…
• As Frank enters the lion’s den, Zemo makes his move.

Punisher #6

Preview: Punisher #5

Punisher #5

(W) Matthew Rosenberg (A) Szymon Kudranski (CA) Greg Smallwood
Parental Advisory
In Shops: Dec 19, 2018
SRP: $3.99

IN THE ARMS OF THE HYDRA!
• Alone and hunted, Hydra gets its tentacles around Frank.
• The price for all Frank’s recent actions comes due.
• The ending of this issue changes the entire game.

Punisher #5

Review: Marvel Knights Punisher The Complete Collection Vol. 1

In the late 90s, the Punisher was a bit listless with different takes including him being the head of an organized crime family and another being a supernatural agent. But, in 2000 the character got back to basics when Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon took over.

Marvel Knights Punisher The Complete Collection Vol. 1 includes Punisher (2000) #1-12, Punisher (2001) #1-5 and Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe by Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chris Sotomayor, Wes Abbott, Doug Braithwaite, Robin Riggs, Sean Hardy, Donald Hudson, Michael Halbeib, Martin Griffith, Livesay, Shannon Blanchard, Tom Smith, Malibu, and Bill Oakley.

Get your copy in comic shops now and book stores December 24th! To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook or digitally and online with the links below.

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Review: Deadpool: Too Soon? #1

deadpool-too-soon-1-coverDeadpool: Too Soon? #1 is insane in the best possible way from the first panel to the last. This issue showcases everything you love about the Merc with a Mouth. If this is your first foray into the world of Deadpool it’s a good start and you won’t be disappointed. Issue #1 of this arc treats us to more guest stars than you can shake a katana at and while Squirrel Girl, The Punisher, Spider-Ham, Howard the Duck, Ant-Man, Forbush Man, and Rocket & Groot seem like they wouldn’t be in the same comic book, in any part of the multiverse or on any timeline, it seems to work.

Deadpool, aka “the reason you’re reading this comic book” and Shiklah join together an elite (or as Deadpool puts it, the funniest) team of superheroes for a super secret mission. Someone has murdered the Forbush Man! Could someone be targeting some of the Marvel Universe’s funniest heroes for death? That’s certainly what Deadpool thinks – and he’s gathered a number of characters in a spooky old mansion (naturally) to help crack the case. Good thing Deadpool is known for his world-renowned investigative skills! But as more bodies start turning up, can these heroes solve the mystery before their goose is cooked?

Joshua Corin‘s writing is on point and is in line with the Deadpool brand. It’s quick and clever and I loved every word of it. Corin takes some of the most humorous , and one of the most deadly, characters in the Marvel universe and gives the readers something to laugh about. Even though the content is hella dark the delivery feels natural & unforced. The dialogue and interaction are exactly what you would want them to be in a mash up involving such a motley crew. No on acts out of character and it all seems extraordinarily natural and organic. Corin gives the readers a quick, page-turning read and the only problem I had with it is that it was over too soon.

Todd Nauck‘s artwork is on point, the detail is amazing and we get some pretty cool retro panels in The Avengers super secret underground lair. We are treated to art that looks like it’s moving and allows the reader to get caught up in the action. Not a frame is wasted and it feels more like a TV show or a movie than like a comic book and that’s not a bad thing. The visuals are on point with and, keep up with the sharp dialogue that Corin provides.

Overall this issue was everything I wanted and more than I expected. It was a nice call back to the comic books of my youth and reminded me of what I loved about comic books as a kid. It was cohesive, smart, well written., expertly drawn and a perfect start to a story arc. I look forward to seeing how this story plays out and if it keeps ending on such hard and enticing twists. I am totally in for the long haul and you should be too.

Story: Joshua Corin Art: Todd Nauck Colorist: Jim Charalampidis
Story:9.1 Art:8.9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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Fashion Spotlight: Battle in Japan, Justice & Punishment 2016, Back to Hogwarts

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Doraville, Georgia SWAT Think They’re the Punisher

I was watching Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, and while he was discussing the militarization of police he showed a controversial training video for the Doraville, Georgia SWAT team. Oliver highlighted the video used heavy metal music, and started off with the Punisher logo…. what!?

Well I did some digging, and found out, according to this CBS 46 Atlanta news report, the video was modified adding heavy metal music and the logo by an individual…. which the Doraville police then posted on their Facebook page.

Tip for the police, when looking for comic characters to emulate, the Punisher is not one of them, and linking to videos like this isn’t the best of ideas. There’s that whole vigilante killing thing you’re supposed to be opposed to.

Check out the full video below.

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