Tuesday, July 31, 2012

PC POST #78: The Punisher Solicitations for August

Post by @ivomgs

Hello guys once again i'm here to present you some previews of the next month of The Punisher. This time i decide to make a new format of the previews.

In one post i will present you all of the issues that the Punisher will be in.

  • The Punisher #14  

It's tomorrow the next release of the Punisher #14 and unfortunatly we got only two issues to reach the end plus War-Zone arc.

This time Marvel didn't tell us the plot but some of us can guess what will happen between Frank and Cole.
Only the cover is shown by Marvel and the other picture i take it from Stephen Wacker on twitter thanks for sharing that.

  •  Uncanny X-Force #29
recently i discover The Punisher in some cover of Uncanny X-Force, this issue will be launch next month ( August ).

• It’s all built to this: “Final Execution” enters its last act!
• The new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants makes their move!
• Fantomex’s deceptions come back to haunt the team!

Is Marvel preparing to integrate the Punisher in the X-Force? When War-Zone is finished?

  • Space: Punisher #02
One more adventure in space with The Punisher, let's see if he can handle this version of Hulk...

  • Deadpool kills the Marvel Universe #04
The Punisher will probably make a cameo in this issue so i will put some info about.

  • What if everthing you thought was funny about Deadpool…was actually just disturbing?
  • What if he decided to kill everyone and everything that makes up the Marvel Universe?
  • What if he actually pulled it off? Would that be FUN for you?

  •  Untold Tales of Punisher Max #03

Besides this cover Marvel didn't put anymore information or pictures about this issue. We only know that will be release next month ( August ) and the writter is Megan Abbot, anymore information this post will be updated.

All of this info is found in Marvel website.

That's it for now folks, see you soon.

Monday, July 30, 2012

PC POST #77: Punisher Body Count Podcast episode 25

Post by @Neil4LOST

Our Punisher partners over at the Punisher Body Count Podcast have released an all-new episode. Be sure to check it out by clicking on the following URL.


This is what they had to say about their latest entry in the popular Punisher podcast!

"We actually made it to Episode 25! This episode we discuss "Dirty Laundry, Space Punisher #1, Giant-Size Spider-Man #4, Punisher/Batman: Deadly Knights, Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises. Enjoy!"

Plenty of content to keep you Punisher fans busy right? :)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

PC POST #76: Space: Punisher #1 Review

Post by @Neil4LOST

WRITERS: Frank Tieri
ARTIST: Mark Texeira
LETTERS: VC’s Clayton Cowles
EDITORS: Ellie Pyle and Rachel Pinnelas
SENIOR EDITOR: Stephen Wacker
PUBLISHER: Dan Buckley

Release Date: July 11thth, 2012
Published monthly by Marvel Worldwide, INC.

Price – $2.99
(25 Pages, single-issue, color)

INTRODUCTION: (From page 1)

In Space, no one can hear you die!

One man’s quest for vengeance across a galaxy different than our own!


Frank Tieri is at the helm in this new Punisher mini-series that will last four issues in total length. The concept is one that I will admit I was very hesitant about when I first heard Tieri talking about it months ago. The concept is that our favorite anti-hero Frank Castle, is now in space hunting down villains that are a mix of familiar marvel faces and new mutant/alien characters.

Now that I have read and processed the first issue of this mini-series I will have to say that I do feel that this idea is absolutely absurd. Sometimes absurd ideas can still work however, but this one just doesn’t seem to be one of those few times. Tieri tries hard throughout this introductory issue to merge familiar concepts to Punisher fans with new futuristic concepts and it really doesn’t work. Tieri also commits some serious no-no’s in my opinion with Punisher by making him way to comical and presumptuous. He doesn’t seem like the hardened and sophisticated character that we have all grown to be passionate about.

For the sake of spoilers (see plot section below) I will just say that Tieri also makes some decisions that really seem to mock the character of Frank Castle…this didn’t settle well with me personally.

Rating – “C”


As I was reading and re-reading Space:Punisher I really couldn’t believe how bad the artwork in this book really is. Mark Texeira makes some puzzling decisions in this book by choosing to go with a retro space opera style approach with dull and washed out colors. His rendition of Frank seriously confused me as he shows a Punisher character with an upper body build of an ox and a lower body of a dog (figuratively speaking of course J).

Character interactions are boring and his art of the Punisher skull comes off less intimidating and more inviting. Seriously…the Punisher skull is in the shape of a heart….

I really couldn’t believe what I was seeing. I really hope that it gets better in the last three installments.

Rating – “D”



Space: Punisher is really a re-imagining in a futuristic space setting of the Frank Castle revenge story. Frank’s family has once again been murdered and he is on a mission to track down all of the space mob and kill every last one of them.

Readers are exposed to Chip (Micro-Chip from past Punisher stories), who is a robot that Frank built to help him on his missions be a backup and a technical help to Frank. Marcia, who is Frank’s spaceship A.I. and a host of other familiar and reimagined characters (Doc. Octopus, Magneto, Green Goblin). All of these characters look painfully ridiculous of course and very alien.

Frank tracks down just one person by the end of the story and we realize that there is no telling where this book is going to head. The only clue that we get is that Frank will be fighting Hulk in space next…

Rating – “C”


I really thought that this story had a chance to be fun. As I got through the first few pages I still held out hope but that hope quickly vanished.

I ended up dreading every next step of every panel as a flip of the page would occur. This book just really seems like a puzzling move with Marvel entertainment. It almost feels like Marvel either doesn’t really know what to do with the character of Frank Castle or they are intentionally trying to sabotage it. I feel that one of these could be true…especially after the recent cancellation announcement of Punisher vol. 9 by Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto.

Rating – “C –“


Sunday, July 22, 2012

PC POST #75: Punisher #13 Review

Post by @Neil4LOST

WRITERS: Greg Rucka
ARTIST: Mico Suayan
COLOR ARTIST: Matt Hollingsworth
LETTERS: VC’s Joe Caramagna
COVER: Marco Checchetto
EDITOR: Stephen Wacker
PUBLISHER: Dan Buckley

Release Date: July 4thth, 2012
Published monthly by Marvel Worldwide, INC.

Price – $2.99
(23 Pages, single-issue, color)

INTRODUCTION: (From page 1)

For months, The Punisher has been preparing to destroy the criminal organization known as the Exchange, a group comprised of former henchmen from a variety of super-villain groups, led by ex-AIM scientist Stefanie Gerard and her second-in-command Christian Poulsen.

At the same time, Marine Sergeant Rachel Cole-Alves has likewise pursued the Exchange, attempting to exact her bloody revenge for the injustice the organization has done her, the murder of her husband, her friends, and her family on her wedding day. It is a quest that has brought her into Frank Castle’s sights, and now an uneasy alliance has been formed – for now, they work together to make the Exchange pay.

Meanwhile, Detectives Walter Bolt and Ozzy Clemons have the unenviable task of trying to track the Punisher’s actions while they too, attempt to build a case against the Exchange. A job made all the harder by the number of bodies that keep turning up, bodies dropped by Cole and Castle. Making matters worse for Walter Bolt, his encounters with the Punisher have made him into the NYPD’s newest poster boy, a local media celebrity, and “super-cop.”

Thus far, the Exchange has survived by keeping its profile low, and by never underestimating the Punisher. Unfortunately, that hasn’t been enough, and the question isn’t whether the Punisher is gunning for them, but rather when.
The answer is now.


Rucka follows up his Rachel and Frank confrontation issue last month with an issue that has the two of them working together towards a common purpose. Rucka expertly sets up a heist-like story where Frank and Rachel impersonate other people to get onto a yacht that is hosting an auction. This yacht also seems to contain something very important to Frank and Rachel, that they will eventually use in their fight against the Exchange.

Interestingly enough however, Rucka doesn’t quite reveal what it is exactly that they are after. He instead keeps the reader on the edge of their seat by creating an interesting story of Rachel and Frank working towards a common purpose in an environment that is really out of their normal element.

Rucka clearly works hard in this issue to show just how far Rachel has come in her skills and in her understanding of how to be tactical. Rachel steals the show while Punisher creates a distraction. Rucka even makes Frank interesting while he is taken out of the picture for most of the issue.

Rating – “A”


Mico Suayan comes on board as another guest artist in the series to give Marco Checchetto a break from his duties. Chechhetto does however put forth the effort to create the cover of this issue, which is one of my favorites so far in the series.

Suayan brings a grittier, more traditional styled take on Punisher. Shadows and line-work are a heavy focus and some of the familiar darker tones that Checchetto usually brings are missing. This doesn’t take away from the story however, because Suayan does a very good job at keeping the visuals interesting and fun.

The one downside to the art in this issue are many of the facial expressions. It seems like Suayan over-exaggerated many of the characters even when it was not necessary.

Rating – “B”



This issue is actually very simple with it’s storyline. Punisher and Rachel infiltrate a yacht that is hosting an auction that Exchange members are at. Punisher and Rachel both go dressed up in their best outfits with Rachel wearing a red dress and Punisher in a suit with shades on to cover up his eye injury that he suffered months ago at the hands of the vulture.

It isn’t very clear exactly just what they are after on the boat but it is clear that the plan is to create a diversion and then to steal an item that is being displayed at the auction. This item is something that previously was used by Doc Ock. This could be the first clue to the upcoming mini-series that Rucka mentioned in a recent interview called “Punisher:War Zone” where Frank will be going to battle with the Avengers. It is very intriguing and what is the most interesting is that Rachel still hasn’t been able to exact her revenge on the Exchange.

Rating – “B”


The story is incredibly entertaining. From Frank and Rachel becoming imposters in formal wear to Frank allowing himself to be captured and interrogated to allow Rachel to rig the yacht to explode, there’s lots to have fun with.

Rucka is creating one-heck of a run with his take on the Punisher. It is unfortunate that it will be coming to a close in just a few months…

Rating – “A+”


Friday, July 20, 2012

PC POST #74: Punisher Body Count Podcast starring Thomas Jane!

Post by @neil4LOST

Hey Punisher Central Fans! Check out Punisher Body Count's latest podcast featuring Thomas Jane. He comes in and talks to the guys about the Punisher franchise and how his fan film he both produced and starred in came about. You can access the latest podcast by clicking on the link below....


Wednesday, July 18, 2012

PC POST #73: The Untold Tales of Punisher:MAX #1 Review

Post by @Neil4LOST

The Untold Tales of Punisher Max #1

WRITERS: Jason Starr
ARTIST: Roland Boschi
LETTERS: Rob Steen
COVER: Roland Boschi and Dan Brown
EDITOR: Sebastian Girner and Jeanine Schaefer
PUBLISHER: Dan Buckley

Release Date: June 13th, 2012
Published monthly by Marvel Worldwide, INC.

Price – $4.99


The writing from Jason Starr is fantastic. Carrying on the themes that Aaron and Ennis pushed the Punisher MAX series forward with raw violence, sex and language. Starr brings to life the untold tales of Punisher MAX to life by telling a story titled, “Jimmy’s Collision”. This story is narrated by the protagonist named Jimmy Frisco who finds himself in hot water with the mob. The entire story is told from his point of view and Frank Castle really isn’t in the book much at all. This actually helps the reader to engage more with the other characters and by the time the Punisher shows up…readers are ready.

Rating – “B+”


Roland Boschi is at the helm for the artwork in this first installment of the mini-series. He does a serviceable job and really focuses on character interaction nicely. Facial animations and movement are drawn well but the action scenes seem to be missing something. The artwork feels familiar to past Punisher MAX titles, which is a good thing!

Rating – “B”


Issue one centers on Jimmy Frisco, a collision shop owner who has found himself one too many times owing money to a mob-boss. Now the mob is after him and he has only so much time to come up with a way to save his own skin. Frisco starts off as a likeable character who is looking for a way out of his situation but he soon becomes a villain after coming up with an elaborate plot to kill off anyone or everyone in his way to freedom. Punisher tracks him down to find out information about the mob and after Frank puts his bullets into every last mobster who is after Frisco, the book ends with Frisco getting blown away by Castle. It really is a cool ending in my opinion.

Rating – “B+“


The book quickly pulls the reader in. Jason Starr does a nice job at building up characters who we have never met before in the Punisher Universe and he does so very nicely. There is no need for an introduction to Punisher in this mini-series…everyone already knows that this is about one thing and one thing only…Frank Castle blowing people away.

Rating – “B+”


PC POST #72: Marvel Cancelled the Punisher title.

Post by @ivomgs

Bad news guys, our Punisher title will be cancelled by Marvel after the War-Zone arc.
The good news is that Greg Rucka said that the Punisher will be integrated in a team.

The writer bids adieu to the baddest mother in the Marvel Universe.

In a bittersweet announcement at Comic-Con, Marvel revealed that Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto’s run on The Punisher – a book we love so much we nominated it for Best New Series last year – was coming to an end. However, the finale of the series will spin out into a five issue mini-series dubbed The Punisher: War Zone. We caught up with writer Greg Rucka to find out what’s next for Frank Castle.
Please note that this interview was conducted before the cancellation of the series had been revealed.

IGN Comics: Back when we were initially chatting before Punisher #1 even came out, Fear Itself was going on at the time and you mentioned that the greater Marvel Universe had bigger things to worry about than what Frank Castle was doing. So now he seems to be declaring war on the Avengers –

Greg Rucka: No! No he doesn’t! That is a misassumption based on promotional images and the tile or something. He doesn’t declare war on them. They declare war on him.

IGN: Well, what makes this the time for the big conflict between the two parties?

Rucka: They notice him and they can’t ignore him. It really is as simple as that. Something has occurred and they cannot in good conscience go, “You know what? We’ll just pretend that’s not happening and continue on our merry way.” Something has happened and they have to respond.

IGN: Is this something that happens in the mini-series itself or does this carry over from the ongoing book?

Rucka: It comes out of Punisher. It will be, of course, reflected in War Zone. Its genesis is absolutely in Punisher.

IGN: Cool. So then I guess my next question would be: What kind of a chance does Frank Castle stand against the Avengers?

Rucka: Better than you might think, but not as good as he would like. They are the Avengers, you know? [laughs] There’s only so much prep you can do. There’s only so long that your luck is going to hold. I think Frank knows that any conflict with the Avengers only ends one way. There is a certain tactical awareness that he has that makes him not as easy a target as they think he’s going to be. By the same token, well, I don’t want to give stuff away. Suffice it to say that he will deal with them as best as he can, but I never believed in a Frank Castle that would go around murdering heroes, because they are heroes. If Thor goes on a rampage and starts killing people, then Frank’s not really going to have a problem with trying to end him. His ability to do that is a different question entirely. [laughs] But his desire to do so, that, to me, doesn’t exist. Ideally, Frank wants to be left alone to do what he does.
Frank knows that any conflict with the Avengers only ends one way.
The problem is he lives in the Marvel Universe where he’s not going to be allowed to do that once the decision is made and they say, “You’re killing people and that’s bad. You have done it now in such a way that requires us to bring our attention to you.” Well, he has to respond in the same way that they do. This isn’t a good guy/bad guy thing. This is very much a superhero comic because it’s got the Avengers for God’s sake, but at the same time this isn’t about Frank deciding that the Avengers are a corrupt and evil force in the universe that must be stopped. By the same token, the Avengers aren’t turning around and going, “Well, he’s public enemy #1.” They are forced into a situation where they have go, “We have to answer this.” It’s not a place I think either team really wishes to be, in aggregate.
On another level, I think Spider-Man would be like, “We should’ve done this years ago! He needs to be stopped! The man’s a menace! He’s murdering people and I have a problem with that!” The fact that they haven’t gotten off their asses to do anything about it is due primarily to having higher priorities but also because they didn’t want the headache. The Avengers aren’t going to kill him, so what are they going to do? They’re going to capture and incarcerate. Well, that’s not really a problem for Frank. This isn’t as simple for the Avengers as going, “We’ve got to stop him.” How do you stop him? How do you stop him short of killing him? That’s a problem they’re going to have to deal with.

IGN: You mentioned that this spins out of something that happens in the Punisher series. So is there a particular reason that War Zone happens in its own mini-series? Is there a reason you wanted it separate or is that a Marvel decision?
Rucka: Well, it’s a combination of things. The story in Punisher was reaching a terminus. There was a sort of second act of that terminus which involved the Avengers and always did. At some point a few months ago I was informed that Marvel wanted to end the book and would be spinning Punisher out into a different team book and I wouldn’t be writing it. So [Steve] Wacker and I talked about how we were going to wrap this up. It was Steve who proposed that maybe it’ll serve us better if we end the run in the way we want to end it, and then we can do this as its own stand-alone coda to it.
So if you’re reading the series, you’re going to be able to read War Zone and go, “Okay, this all follows.” There’s a logic and causality. But you don’t have to read Punisher to enjoy War Zone because seeing how it got to that point, that’s going to be explained easily and very quickly on the first page of War Zone pretty much. But as a package, it works very well.

IGN: Cool. Well, that’s a huge bummer about the book, man. I didn’t know that.

Rucka: Yeah, well, now you do! It was a bummer to me too, but you know, this is the name of the game. You work in a corporate environment for corporate-owned characters, they own the characters and at some point they say they don’t like the numbers or what you’re doing or somebody else had an idea they want to do, you say, “Yes, sir.” You do the best you can with it. The nice thing here is that we’re still telling the story we always set out to tell.

IGN: That’s good.

Rucka: Yeah. That was never compromised; Marvel never asked for that to be compromised.

IGN: So that being said, does Rachel Cole-Alves have a role in War Zone itself?

Rucka: She is absolutely integral to the events, yeah.

IGN: Does putting Frank in this larger universe environment have any sort of a learning curve as compared to writing him when he’s in his own little pocket of the Marvel U?

Rucka: Learning curve for me, or for Frank?

IGN: How about both?

Rucka: My feeling is that Frank has always imagined that this day was coming, one way or another. He knows where he stands in the universe and I feel very strongly that, as I’ve said elsewhere, I don’t think Frank’s position is a political position, it’s a personal position. I don’t think he looks at Daredevil and says, “Well, you’re wrong and you have to be stopped because you’re dangerous.” I think he looks at somebody like Spider-Man and I think Frank recognizes his heroism. He knows they’re heroes and he also knows that he is not. He’s doing what he must do. He will argue to the end of his days – if he were willing to even engage in the argument – that what he must do must be done. So for him, this does not really take him by surprise. He has contingencies; the man has contingencies for his contingencies.
And for me, yeah. This is a gear change. It’s not even a gear change, it’s a vehicle change. I’ve been driving a military Humvee through the inner city for the last 16 issues of Punisher and now all of a sudden I’ve got to get into a Maserati. The game absolutely changes the second you’ve got Iron Man in the mix; the second you’ve got Thor and Cap in the mix. There’s just no way that doesn’t leave an effect. Frank still lives on the ground, but now he’s got to be looking up a lot more.

IGN: Now, Marco’s handling the art duties on War Zone. With him doing that, can you say who’ll be working on the issues of Punisher leading up to that?

Rucka: Marco!
IGN: Oh, wow! He’s a machine.

Rucka: Yeah. Marco is doing #15 and #16 of Punisher and then he’s doing War Zone #1-5.

IGN: Awesome. Well, my next question was if you’d be handling Punisher for a while longer, but I guess you answered that earlier…

Rucka: Now you know! [laughs]

IGN: Well, okay, that being out there – do you have any further work coming up in the Marvel Universe?
Rucka: Not at this moment. Nothing planned beyond War Zone.

IGN: Is there anything you wanted to add about War Zone or your time on Punisher in general?

Rucka: I love the character. The writer’s curse is that the more you fall in love with the work you’re doing the more I think it shows. Writing Frank has been far more fun and far more rewarding than I ever thought it would be when Wacker proposed the gig to me. Saying goodbye to Frank is bittersweet. That said, War Zone – I think, I hope, I pray – will be an exciting and fun sendoff. It’s been very grim and gritty in the first 16 issues of Punisher. One of the things that you immediately get when you add the Avengers to the equation is quite literally you get more color. It brightens the world, even if Frank’s presence in it is a dark one. I think that War Zone is going to be a lot of fun. I think the interactions aren’t going to be exactly what people expect, either. While the Avengers agree that something has to be done, they don’t agree on what has to be done or how to go about doing it.
IGN: I guess another question I have is that back when we were talking about the Omega Effect, you said that you and Mark Waid had more stuff planned. Has that been altered now with the end of the Punisher book?

Rucka: Honestly, I’m not sure. I haven’t finished the War Zone scripts yet, and there is something that Mark and I had discussed at length that I mentioned back in the Omega Effect discussion. This is what I was referring to. I was referring to War Zone. Finding the appropriate way to bring in Daredevil is something I still want to do, but that is contingent on, more than anything, Mark’s willingness to let me play ball. I don’t want to go in and say, “I’m doing this!” and have him go, “Wait a minute…” That’s just rude! [laughs]

IGN: That’s all I’ve got for you. I’m sorry to hear about the book, but I’ve really enjoyed the run, so great work, man.

Rucka: Thank you. I’m hoping that people that stuck with us will stick with us through this, too. Like I said, it’s not a joy having to depart, but by the same token, it’s nice to be able to do it the way we want to.

IGN interview

Monday, July 16, 2012

PC POST #71: The Punisher unofficial short film

Post by @ivomgs

Hello Punisher fans! I can't stand this awesomeness! This film was produced by Thomas Jane and Tim Bradstreet ( Cover designer of Punisher Max, Garth Ennis era).

I just hope in the future someone could take this as an example of a true Punisher movie, it's short yeah but it's effective as hell.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

PC POST #70: SDCC 2012 - Punisher War Zone

Post by @ivomgs

Hi Punisher fans, here goes more hot news about the newest arc in October Punisher: War Zone.

By Jim Beard

The acclaimed team of writer Greg Rucka and artist Marco Checchetto kick off October with a new Punisher series sporting a classic name. PUNISHER WAR ZONE, a five-issue limited series, details the bloody aftermath of PUNISHER #15 and #16 in which Frank Castle must face off with the Avengers in a death-match that anyone who survives may regret.

“The question is, of course, what do you do with a ‘Problem Named Castle?’” asks Rucka. “Without giving too much away, let's just say that events in PUNISHER #15 and PUNISHER #16 go big enough that Earth's Mightiest Heroes can no longer hope the ‘Castle problem’ will take care of itself. At a certain point, they have to take responsibility for allowing Frank to have run as he has for so long.

“That point is now, and the time has come to do something about it.”

The writer promises that Frank Castle’s view of his world and the threats therein remains habitually long-range and super hero intervention exists as simply another battle to win in his overall personal war.

If you've been looking carefully at the background of Frank's ‘garage,’ you'll have noted he's been collecting bits and pieces down through the years, pieces of tech and salvage that he can repurpose,” the writer notes. “Some of them have obvious use, some less so, but that's not really his arsenal at all.

Punisher War Zone teaser by Marco Checchetto
“The primary weapon in Frank's arsenal is his mind. He is a careful planner, and a long-thinker. To imagine he hasn't known this day would come eventually is to do him a disservice. Weapons? Of course he has them. Of course he knows how to use them. But, more crucially, he knows when to use them.”

Rucka’s not too keen on tipping his hand yet concerning exactly which costumed champions will appear in PUNISHER WAR ZONE, but he’ll drop a hint or two when pressed.

“Spider-Man and Frank have a long history, obviously, and a recent meeting in the Omega Effect [crossover] to call back to,” he says. “The meeting between Wolverine and Frank is one I've had in my mind ever since I began work on PUNISHER, honestly, and it's not going to be the face-off people expect. I'm leery of saying more because I really don't want to give anything away, but I will add that there is one Avenger that can neutralize Frank with three words alone.”

And with a story like this, readers can expect much more than physical confrontations in PUNISHER WAR ZONE. Expect a style of warfare unique to the character as he’s become known to his legion of fans.

Honestly, everyone and their cousin has seen the traditional ‘two heroes beat each other to pulp,’ and that just won't work with Frank,” Rucka says. “Against almost any Avenger, head-to-head, he's going to be going down. One of the things I'm most excited about for this is showing the different takes on Frank and what he does, and the different approaches and arguments about how to effectively solve the ‘Castle problem.’ I don't want to presume it as arrogance, but the Avengers, when they decide to act, they think they're getting into one thing, and they discover it's something very different.

“Because Frank, while he almost certainly knows he will ultimately lose, he's not going to make it easy, and he's not going to go quietly.”

Standing with the writer on this sojourn, artist Marco Checchetto completes the Punisher picture in a way that pleases Rucka to no end.

“PUNISHER WAR ZONE wouldn't be happening if Marco wasn't aboard; it's as simple as that,” he explains. “I just wouldn't do it. This is the story we've been heading towards since our PUNISHER #1 in so many ways, and it's the end of a long, long journey for the both of us. I couldn't ask for a better collaborator or partner in this; what he and [colorist] Matt Hollingsworth have done on PUNISHER is so far above and beyond what I could have dreamt of at the start.

“Marco’s art has gotten stronger and stronger with every passing issue he's drawn, and I've always felt he was tremendously talented at the start. This is a chance for him to uncork and play with the full palette, for lack of a better phrase; from the dirty streets to the clean skies, from Frank's blood and bone to Thor's thunder, you know?”

More on Marvel.com: http://marvel.com/news/story/19035/sdcc_2012_punisher_war_zone#ixzz20jMRryYg

Saturday, July 7, 2012

PC POST #69: Space Punisher #01 Preview

Post by @ivomgs

Hello Punisher Fans!!

Today i'm gonna present you some preview images of this new book.

• Punishment is a dish best served—in Space!
• Frank Castle shoots his way through the criminal hierarchy of outer space starting with the Sym-Brood-ant Queen!
• From Frank Tieri, writer of Marvel vs. Capcom and Punisher: Noir and gorgeously painted by Mark Texeira (Punisher War Journal, Ghost Rider).

I hope you like it! See you next time.

Monday, July 2, 2012

PC POST #68: Retro Punisher Tribute

Post by @ivomgs

Hello Punisher Fans!!

Finally i have finish this tribute that i made exclusively for Punisher Central.
This content is about some early Punisher stories, i hope you like it.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

PC POST #67: Classic Review. The Punisher: Assassin's Guild

Post by @Castlectc

  Greetings fellow Punisher fans. I've recently realized one area my particular blogs here have been lacking in, and that's the review category. I've been knee deep in a bunch of reading material I'm catching up on, and I figured I'd start with this particularly rare graphic novel one-shot, called "Assassin's Guild". So here's my quick blurb about the work.

  Assassin's Guild was introduced in 1988, and is a product of the writer, Jo Duffy, and artist Jorge Zaffino, both of whom I'm not too afraid to admit I'm not familiar with. The main reason I wanted to start with this tale is because I feel, although I thought it was alright, I find it difficult to believe there could be worse Punisher stories out in the universe.First off, the art isn't much to look at aside from the occasional splash page, and is all together kind of scratchy and scribbled. Not too pleasing to the eye, but that's just me. Next, the writing isn't too spectacular also, with the premise being kind of silly and the idea seemingly pretty basic and bland. Basically, Frank Castle comes upon a Chinese restaurant that fronts as an assassination post, that will carry out any killing for a price, hence the title. See what I mean? Alright, well, none of this would usually bother me much, but there's some serious issues I had with it, that really took me away from enjoying it, all of which I will mention now. This book reads like an episode of Magnum P.I., and as a matter of fact the Punisher acts like Tom Selleck. I only say that because he's laughable. He's continually making mistakes and second guessing himself. He sleeps with a woman from the enemy, and actually falls for her.... Yeah, wait, what?! He tells her his secrets, confides in her, feels for her, all of which I found absurd.. That shouldn't be happening. He displays no fighting prowess, or fierceness, and has a hard time handling this squad of waiters turned killers. There's very little gore or blood in the book, kind of light on the action for my tastes as well, which really hurts. Very little interesting scenarios, which is usually where the Punisher books shine, and a few other factors made this a hard pill to swallow.

   Now, all this considered, it's not a bad book. There are some redeeming parts, and there is an ending that is somewhat interesting. I've never read a bad Punisher book, and I've read tons of them, but this one almost came close. It's still worth owning for how old and rare it is, plus the fact that there's not too many other Punisher stories like it. It is kind of unique, in that aspect. Just don't spend too much money purchasing it, and perhaps heed my words here a tad bit, and you should be fine.

   Anyways, just felt like getting these reviews off to some sort of a start. I'm currently halfway into Marvel's The Essential Punisher: Volume 1. It's a huge book collecting a lot of the beginning issues, and it promises greatness. I'll be excited to review that one soon, if I don't get sidetracked and possibly get my hands on something else to review first. As always, I thank everyone for reading and taking the time to give a glance, and hope to come back with some more interesting blogs, as soon as the punishing is possible.

  Much love and respect!