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The Punisher #1

6 Aug

The Punisher #1 written by Greg Rucka, art by Marco Checchetto, and colors by Matt Hollingworth.

The Punisher is the third #1 released by Marvel as a part of their “Big Shots” initiative releasing new ongoings for three of their characters (the other two being Moon Knight and Daredevil). The book is a return to the status quo for Frank Castle a.k.a. “The Punisher”, after Rick Remender’s excellent run on the character which saw him subsequently slashed apart by Daken and then pieced back together as the aptly named “Frankencastle”.

The book begins in the middle of a wedding which invariable gets hit up by the mob (anyone read Daredevil #1?). An investigation ensues headed by a pair of newly acquainted detectives named Bolt and Clemons. They investigate the crime surrounding this mob calling themselves “The Exchange” all the while, Frank is working on bringing them down himself. This all culminates in a final showdown to which Frank basically “punishes” these crooks.

Punisher #1 has a lot of great things going for it. The story is definitely a gritty and dark vigilante tale mixed in with some detective work. It is everything a punisher book should be. The only problem I had with the book was that for a first issue, the first couple of pages can be confusing and disorientating. The book opens with zero dialogue for the first couple of pages while incorporating characters that are new to the reader. Frank doesn’t even show up until about halfway through the book and honestly doesn’t really say much or give any insight into what is going on in his head. Although I realize this is a part of his Punisher persona and overall, just a plot device, I would hope that future issues form more of a connection between the lead character and his readers.

Checchetto’s art suits the book very well and if I had to bring up a comparison I would have to say the book reminds me of Alex Maleev’s tenure on Daredevil. There is a grittiness and dynamic flow that just pervades throughout the book and although Checchetto’s lines are more smooth and less sketchy, the overall mood cast by his art feels the same and that is most definitely a good thing.

Overall, the main story and its backup feature are both very well crafted stories. I say this because a lot of what happens in comics these days sums up to a lot of posturing and nonsensical talking. Well, Punisher #1 does anything but that, so go out there and pick it up.

Grade: 8.0

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