Punisher: War Zone #5
WRITERS: Greg Rucka
ARTIST: Carmine Di Giandomenico
COLOR ARTIST: Matt Hollingsworth
LETTERS: VC’s Joe Caramagna
COVER: Marco Checchetto
EDITOR: Stephen Wacker
EDITOR IN CHIEF: Axel Alonso
CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER: Joe Quesada
PUBLISHER: Dan Buckley
EXEC. PRODUCER: Alan Fine
Release Date: February 27th, 2012
Published monthly by Marvel Worldwide, INC.
Price – $2.99
I have to admit...about halfway through the Punisher: War Zone series I was starting to get a little worried about the path that Rucka was headed in. I ultimately still had trust that things would come back around and fans would be able to be at peace with the end of Rucka's great run. Rucka did just that. His impactful writing of the Avengers and their interactions with Frank Castle in this final issue lived up to all my expectations and then some. I knew it would be challenging for Rucka to find an ending to the series that would satisfy hardcore fans while giving them something to look forward to for the future, but Rucka nailed it.
Rating – “A”
I had hoped that Carmine's work would grow on me over time...and in some regard it has. He is still nowhere to even being as talented and detailed as Checchetto but his work ends up not taking away or distracting from the story that Rucka is desiring to tell. There were even a few moments in this issue where I was quite impressed with the angles and detail that Carmine put into them. Overall, a nice improvement.
Rating – “B”
(WARNING – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS)
This final issue highlights the Avengers and the fact that they are finally fed up with the Punisher. They understand that they need to bring him in as fast as possible and hope to bring in Rachel Cole-Alves in the process.
Castle's only goal is revealed in this process. His objective is to get Cole-Alves out of town and let her make her own path. Frank is willing to sacrifice his freedom in this process. He outsmarts a few of the Avengers in the process but when is he is finally captured it is revealed that they have a prison that Frank will serve the rest of his days in...somewhere under the ocean. At the end we see Rachel Cole-Alves living out the spirit of the Punisher by helping out a woman who is being mugged in Hollywood.
Rating – “A-“
The issue overall has a ton of entertainment. From hearing Tony Stark and Spider-man rant on and on about Frank Castle to Punisher outsmarting the Avengers over and over, this one had everything readers could have hoped to see in a Punisher series versus the Avengers.
Rating – “A”
OVERAL RATING OF ISSUE: “A-"