Loved it. Is what I said after my first experience with the Punisher. A lesser known origin story entitled “BORN” a 4 issue arc released in 2003 via MAX comics. In it focused his days of guerrilla warfare fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. Frank Castle is here again to give the page flipping adrenaline, kill the bad guys with the most bullets and biggest explosions. When I read about the Punisher making a return, I got stoked! Originally this review was meant to deliver on only issue #5 but I’ve been following it since the inception of issue #1. It had yet to let me down and it’s really hard to justify standing behind only one issue since they have all been great so far.
On the hunt for drugs, he tails the Los Sols, Mexican cartel into L.A. You learn in issue one, never insult a man’s car, no matter how shitty; and you never, NEVER, touch his gun. Lessons to live by kids. He befriends officer Stone, her empty received flirts towards Frank get her nowhere, he’s a Ronin renegade, and a damn near permanent five o’ clock shadow. The Los Sols have a new weapon once believed to be chemical, capable of cleaning out an entire town, leaving nothing but torched and rotting corpses. We soon meet an old foe, recent for Spiderman, but a “shock” for Mr. Castle. All of this and he’s unaware that he’s being trailed by a black ops group that call themselves “The Howling Commandos”. It seems to be getting plenty thick for the ol’ skull shirted man. He implements his regular, no-nonsense type of interrogations both behind closed doors and in the field. He’s trumped by his electric foe again trying to get to the bottom of this newly developed weapon. Los Sols working with A.I.M. getting the hired help is working quite well.
The shadows are getting closer to Punisher, this issue ends in a face off. Strong words and great quotes. Fearing death is “A weakness of men. I am The Punisher.” Oh how I wish the the poorly created movies that have been birthed were written like this comic. In some fashions giving the death dealer a bad name! Being dismissed before given a chance. I’ll be honest, I was in that crowed for a time, but no longer! Often found myself saying out loud the sound effect of the guns or the explosions, reading the narration in a deep monotone voice, it plays out so well, this series is 5 for 5 in my eyes. It’s rugged, violent, unforgiving, shoot-ask questions-shoot again – kill, repeat. Illustrations weren’t skipped in bringing the splatter meter either! Great writing, storytelling, and flow. Recommend to the fullest.
Til next time geeks!
\m/\m/\m/\m/ of five.
-Simon Hernandez (Ironsleeve318)
VC – Cory Petit