Wednesday, June 18, 2014
PC POST #210: REVIEW - PUNISHER #7
Review by: Neil Byce, aka @Neil4LOST
*WARNING* This review may contain spoilers for this specific issue.
Punisher #7 seems to be a mixed bag for me. It is a welcome change of pace to this young series that sees Castle journey south of the border to find refuge and to get as far away from Los Angeles as possible. It sees him go from being captured to being tortured to then being sold off to an old-school villain by the name of Crossbones.
Edmondson delivers a solid entry for the series by including plenty of action elements, a new villain and by having Frank get back into an old-school environment...the jungle. These elements help the story to overcome some questionable story line choices such as Frank once again getting captured and he even needs the help of a POW to get out alive. Then there are the too frequently inserted acronyms used throughout the book that have to be explained to the reader as to what exactly is being communicated. It makes sense for that to be used maybe once but there were at least four to five times it happened in the book. I truly think that Edmondson has a long-term plot that helps tie all of this together but at this point it just seems a little too discombobulated. Hopefully this will change over the course of the next few issues.
The art on this particular issue I felt suffered a bit. Mitch Gerads steps back from doing the pencils in this issue but he still shines in cover art. Carmen Carnero steps in to do the work in this issue and even though there are things that people have taken issue with Gerads work it is still clear that he has improved significantly during his time on this title and that this issue suffered due to him being away. Hopefully he will be back soon.
In conclusion, I really liked certain parts of this issue but it still frustrates me that the title is still missing a special something. Edmondson started this book by painting Castle as a mysterious vigilante who few people can recognize in person who can be extremely tactical to know being a character that is extremely vulnerable and is a step behind on everything. It just doesn't seem to add up is all. I really hope that the title steadily improves over the course of the next few issues or this book could see an end unfortunately sooner rather than later.
OVERALL SCORE: 7 out of 10
Next issue will be again reviewed by Ivo.