If I could describe this run in one word, it would be “badass”. I can’t describe the excitement not only reading this Punisher run, but making this review… Yes, it was late but it will be worthwhile. As always I will try to keep this spoiler-free as possible.
We are almost reaching the end of the first arc and so far it’s been a great run. I never saw the Punisher facing so many threats in one run and especially superheroes in the same arc. The Punisher was in tough situations before, but being the most wanted man in the world, this is new.
Rosenberg is giving a huge justice to the Punisher. The Punisher is resourceful and use his wits even when he is in disadvantage facing bigger threats than himself, this is not a big deal for everyone who knows the Punisher skills, but some writers in the past struggle do it right some didn’t put the effort to read the work of other writers to at least know the character. The Punisher took out Mandarin by surprise with a special bullet, I don’t think there is no way he could beat him face to face with Mandarin powered by 10 rings. And now he beat his successor who inherited two rings from his master and he beat him in one-on-one.
After this point the hunt begins, when Frank acquires information about Zemo’s whereabouts, but there was a surprise and Frank once again show how resourceful he was in fighting against heroes. Four against one, for a highly trained man, in his human peak of condition.
There is not much to say about Rosenberg’s writing because he knows the Punisher, the classic elements are present and is if he squeezes the best from many runs in the past mix it and give his own touch. So far, this arc seems like a street level event in a Punisher run and I don’t have anything to complain about this run. He’s almost flawless.
Szymon Kudranski and Antonio Fabela, artist and colorist of this run. Definitely a great team who adds an action and dynamic in this comic book. It’s a stellar team, combined with Rosenberg’s that makes the Punisher shine as I probably haven’t seen since the early 90’s. The action scenes are epic and the level of the odds of this Punisher title almost reaches a MAX run, “almost”. They can’t do more, but they test the limits and we as fans should appreciate the art present in this book.
I’m a big fan of Kudranski’s art and I wish one day he could be the artist of Punisher story all in Black & White ( Rosenberg you are hired!). I really think his type of art really fits into a black and white theme.
Greg Smallwood covers continues to impress. He’s another talented artist of make great covers in every single issue. I’ve heard someone say that covers can sell a book, well, I think this can be adapted for this example. One thing that Punisher fans can’t complain about is the cover artists. Since 2009 we have had always great cover artists.
Overall Rate: 9.5 / 10
Don’t forget pick up next week: THE PUNISHER #6, the final chapter of the first arc!