Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Punisher #9

   The Punisher is traditionally a high-powered, hard-hitting crime-fighting adventure - but the ongoing story by Becky Cloonan is actually a horror story.

   And it doesn't really include much in the way of Punisher content.

   Instead the focus is on the angry D.E.A. Agent Ortiz, who has been pursuing the gangs who have been selling a new drug, EMC, that gives the user incredible strength and endurance - but brings with it a high cost.

   She's been captured by a dealer who has used the drug - and he becomes more horrific and threatening with each passing moment.

   Luckily, Ortiz doesn't know how to give up - she uses her intelligences and innate toughness to fight back against certain death.

   There's another shocking event thrown in for good measure - and that's one of the great things about the series: you never know where it's going next.

   The art is by Matt Horak, who does a solid job stepping into Steve Dillon's big (artistic) shoes. The art is raw and powerful - and intense.

   Needless to say, this isn't a comic for kids - but it's a lot of fun for mature audiences!

Grade: B+


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