Thursday, May 5, 2016

The Punisher #1

   For a character who's incredibly popular, The Punisher's comic sure does get cancelled a lot.

    But it always returns, and this time his stories are being guided by writer Becky Cloonan and artist Steve Dillon.

   Just like the character's recent appearance in the Daredevil TV show on Netflix, this is not a story for young readers.

   Instead, we have another chapter in Frank Castle's never-ending battle against criminals, as he seeks revenge for the murder of his wife and children.

   A group of drug-runners are under surveillance by a team of law enforcement officials. The drug involved turns ordinary men into fighting machines, incapable of feeling pain.

   It's the perfect target for the Punisher, and he (rather recklessly) invades their hideout, determined to dish out death and destruction. But what happens when he runs into a drug-hazed super soldier?

   So it's a strong start for the series, loaded with potential and lots of blood and guts. Not to mention brutal death and destruction. And terrific art.

   (But I'm serious - not for kids.)

Grade: A-


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