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Punisher War Zone #1 Review
WRITERS: Greg Rucka
ARTIST: Carmine Di Giiandomenico
COLOR ARTIST: Matt Hollingsworth
LETTERS: VC’s Joe Caramagna
COVER: Marco Checchetto
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
EDITOR: Stephen Wacker
EDITOR IN CHIEF: Axel Alonso
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER: Joe Quesada
PUBLISHER: Dan Buckley
EXEC. PRODUCER: Alan Fine
Release Date: October 24th, 2012
Published monthly by Marvel Worldwide, INC.
Price – $2.99
(23 Pages, single-issue, color)
INTRODUCTION: (From page 1)
Frank Castle’s plan to take down The Exchange didn’t turn out exactly the way he had hoped it would. Not only did several police officers die in the process of taking down The Exchange, Rachel Cole-Alves is now under custody and Spider-Man is not happy that some of his equipment was found to play a part in the showdown.
Now Spider-Man and the Avengers will be coming after Castle to take him off the streets for good. But as we all know…the Punisher won’t go down without a fight.
Rucka has made a name for himself again in the world of comics with his run on The Punisher series. Now that it has come to a close and Rucka told a fabulous revenge story that intertwined the characters of Rachel Cole-Alves and Frank Castle, Marvel has asked for Rucka to conclude this chapter of Frank Castle’s life in Punisher War Zone.
Rucka has approached this limited series as a natural continuation and throughout this first issue he carries on the style and approach of a slow-burn build up. This works really well in an introduction issue where each of the Avengers need to understand the situation and decide how they will react. Rucka writes each Avenger in a very unique way…none more in my opinion than Wolverine himself.
It is obvious that Rucka knows exactly where he is taking this story. It is too bad he had to conclude his story as a mini-series but nevertheless, he is doing a hell of a job.
Rating – “A”
Carmine Di Giandomenico does an admirable job drawing in this book. He of course is no Marco Checchetto but he is able to successfully draw emotion and character rich panels of interaction. Where he does seem to lack or suffer however is in his depiction of action. Hopefully this will improve over the course of the next few issues as the Avengers begin to square off with Frank Castle more…
Rating – “B”
(WARNING – THIS SECTION MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
Spider-Man is upset. Evidence of his web slinging device was found at the mass murder at The Exchange headquarters where several police officers will killed. Spider-Man finds Frank Castle and tells him that Frank’s day is over…that he is going to have to answer for his crimes. Of course Frank has a few tricks up his sleeve and cleverly creates a diversion to escape.
Spider-Man then calls the Avengers together to get agreement about what should be done with The Punisher. At first, the Avengers have no interest in Spider-Man’s plea. But Captain Rogers finds reason in Spider-Man’s plea and agrees that if the Avengers do not take action they will be sending the wrong impression of what and who the Avengers stand for.
Frank prepares for the mission of survival ahead and Wolverine, who doesn’t completely feel that Frank Castle is an enemy goes and warns Punisher that the Avengers are coming.
Rating – “B +”
The story is great. Anyone that has followed Rucka’s Punisher run is highly anticipating the events that will take place over the next four issues. There is a wide cast involved here that allows Rucka to experiment and deal with a very interesting topic in the world of Marvel. What do you do with a good guy that now everybody believes is a bad guy…
Rating – “A”
OVERAL RATING OF ISSUE: “A-”