Oh how I have been waiting for this moment, the moment when Frank Castle aka the Punisher gets his own series again. I have been going through Punisher withdrawal. Don’t get me wrong, I am loving the Punisher action we see monthly in the Thunderbolts title, but it doesn’t compare to the damage Frank does when he is alone.
The Punisher #1 was released on Wednesday, February 5, 2014. It was a day that I anticipated for months. When I finally got my copy I read it immediately and loved every page. For those of you who have not been keeping up with Frank, let me fill you in.
As I have already mentioned in this article, Frank has been doing some time with the Thunderbolts. As payment for his service, General Ross agreed to help him out on a mission. It just so happens this mission was to wipe out the last big “family” on his New York hit list. Well, when the job was done Frank needed a new start. That is where issue #1 fills in the “gap”, if you will. With the NY families dismantled Frank leaves for new hunting grounds, which in this case is Los Angeles, the city of angels.
Well, as you can imagine, Frank has a never ending thirst to “punish” the evil for their wrong doings and L.A. has a lot of punishing that needs to be issued. He hasn’t been there that long, but the criminal element is already afraid of him. It is this fear that will help Frank on his never ending mission. Now I could tell you more specifics from the story, but I am choosing not to. This is one book you need to pick up and read for yourself. Trust me, you will be glad you did.
The writing of Nathan Edmondson is absolutely flawless and pulls you in around every turn. The artwork of Mitch Gerads is amazing and goes well with the story that is being told to us. The combination of writing and art play like a movie between the pages. I am definitely happy with the choices that Marvel made to bring the Punisher back to his own title. This is simply the beginning of pure AWESOMENESS! That is why I give this book a rating of 11 out of 10. I look forward to what the team of Edmondson and Gerads have in store for us in the future. Oh, and by the way, I am working on an interview with Mitch Gerads as you are reading this, so be looking for that in the near future.
Until next time, get your READ on!