This three part series is a tie-in for War of the Realms, the current big event from Marvel Comics.
War of the Realms. Earth being invaded by all kinds of monsters from the Nine Realms. But, what is The Punisher’s role in this story? What does The Punisher do when all hell breaks loose? Gerry Duggan answers those questions in the best way possible. Frank will stand by the people, the innocents and those who are being slaughtered by these otherworldly beings. Gerry Duggan writes a fantastic first issue where all the motivations and intentions of the protagonist are clearly revealed. The path from here may be uncertain, but Frank’s mission is plain: save all the people he can and leave the “big guys” to deal with bigger monsters. It’s not usual to see The Punisher being the hero, but this is one of those stories.
This issue is divided in two parts. The first part is more action packed with The Punisher fighting monsters from Malekith’s forces using his regular weapons in a very effective and spectacular way. The second part is focused on telling us the dangers and the consequences of this invasion and why The Punisher is important in this mission specifically. One thing that made me scratch my head a bit was the recruitment of “certain people” to help Frank clean up the streets. I strongly believe that it’s because they are expendable and if someone gets hurt or worse, it’s not a big loss.
Marcelo Ferreira’s artwork was very good with strong dynamics between panels. The inks by Roberto Poggi and colors by Rachelle Rosenberg are simply amazing and fit very well with the tone of the comic. This creative team shows us a colorful, but very detailed take in their execution. I was very impressed by artwork presented in this comic.
The cover by Juan Ferreyra was really good…epic in every way and adequate for this event. Juan Ferreyra is also the next interior artist of the coming miniseries Punisher: Kill Krew, which follows Frank in the aftermath of the War of the Realms. I am very excited to see what he will do next after seeing this cover.
Overall Verdict: I was very impressed by this issue. It’s very tough to make Punisher comics when he is out of his element, but Gerry Duggan makes it work like a charm. He really captured what I imagine that Frank would do in a situation like this. Very amazed by the fantastic creative team for this miniseries.