Matthew Rosenberg doesn’t seem to give us some rest in terms of twists and you can count with a major twist during this issue, the Punisher stay in Bagalia has turned out to be a living hell.
Rosenberg continues to deliver us a solid writing and dwelling into consequences from the Punisher actions in the prison. Sister Mercedes is evolving in every issue, she is becoming relevant and she is trying to convince Frank that it’s ways doesn’t work. This issue probably is the most philosophoical from the current run, sure that we get all kinds of fighting scenes, Frank gets rid of Hydra guards or getting himself beaten up, but everything for a reason… To question himself and us the readers. So far, Rosenberg is nailing it.
I really like how Rosenberg established a bridge to a 30 year old story ” Jigsaw Puzzle” written by Mike Baron, yes, it’s all connected. At least Rosenberg seems to me the only writer in the past 20 years who really cares about the Punisher history. And we appreciate that. Thank you.
Szymon Kudranski’s give us once again a great artwork. His backgrounds are simple and the action scenes are really good. Don’t know who makes the fighting choreography, but it’s really good.
All the characters present in this comic got their faces well structured and diverse. One again well done.
Antonio Fabela’s colors continue to make this book shine, this is the guy who gives life to all the panels and characters. Fantastic team between Kudranski and Fabela’s.
Once again, great cover by Greg Smallwood, not exactly what happens in the book, but it doesn’t take out the “coolness” of it.
Final Thoughts: I don’t know what will happen to sister Mercedes and honestly, I don’t see a long lasting time for the character, but Rosenberg is building her up and make it grow on us let’s see how she will end and what path the Punisher will take.
The Punisher #8 is on stores on Feb, 13th.
Overall Rate: 8 / 10