Wednesday, November 19, 2014


REVIEW by Ivo Santos ( Facebook/Twitter)

After a small detour to south America, Frank is back in L.A. Old ghosts (Dos Soles) are back and they are trying to reclaiming it by turning into chaos. The Howling Commandos are still looking for Frank and trying to get rid of him by luring him into  rescuing the last Castiglione member.

This issue was a good set up story for the upcoming arc, the pieces of the game were set in this issue and Edmondson is playing with them wisely. The pace of the story was good, the action was very decent without dead times, the action was not dedicated to the Punisher but to showing us the city in chaos.

Great news for all the fans of the old PUNISHER: ARMORY, we got a two pages dedicated to his equippment without too much detail and "dark humor" but quick references and images to his mobile armory.
And we can see Loot in great plan in this issue, i missed this coyote!

I was expecting seeing Rachel working with the Punisher but not for now... She was a fundamental key to bring Frank back to "earth" last issue but until now it was only that.

Mitch Gerads was amazing, very solid on the colors and liked a lot the motion he creates every panel, at least the feeling. We got many explosions and the city on chaos and he didn't disappoint, for contrary he was amazing. Great details on the Punisher armory too, and that last page... i just hear Hans Zimmer epic soundtrack in my head.

Nathan and Mitch are great partners and this book wouldn't be the same if we lost one or another. All the synergy behind the book it's because of them. I'm glad these two are working with my favorite character.

OVERAL RATING: 8.0 out of 10

*Next issue will be reviewed Neil Byce.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014



Finally after a full month of waiting, here goes one of the most waited issues of this run... The Punisher is back in L.A. Don't forget to pick up your copy tomorrow!

PS: I'm glad to announce that last issue (#11) the sales spiked almost 5 thousand copies (28.710). So, this can only be good news for all of us and for this run. 

posted by Ivo Santos (facebook/twitter)

Saturday, November 1, 2014


Review by @Ivo Santos (facebook/twitter)

After two and half years this team finally was disbanded and this series has meet it's end. Everytime i think about the opportunities this team could have in Marvel U, it's not good for any fan of this anti-heroes... not good at all.

About this issue, overall it was better than the last two... Acker and Blacker did a decent job on finishing this last issue, even the art seemed more polished and slightly better than previous issues. It was nice seeing Leader as ruler of Kata Jaya but Acker and Blacker should've wasted less pages on him.

After the Avengers release the arrested Thunderbolts to clean up their mess ( Leader) for the first time while invading Kata Jaya they show us some great team work while taking out Leader's forces. But despite the good result this was their last ride together, no one from this team wanted to continue. And what's great is that Deadpool figure it out in the last pages why this team didn't work out.

Like i have said in the first paragraph it was a shame that after being written by four writers no one could find the right pace for this team, or could unchained them in Marvel Universe. They got an opportunity in "Infinity" event and they could have done something relevant while Thanos forces were invading earth but no, they focused on small fry. I could imagine this team turning 616 upside down by their ways, that the only team that could handle them were the Avengers... The real Avengers, not a second rated roster.

Personally i don't think that it's the writers fault, Soule, Acker and Blacker are really talented, i don't have any doubt in this but something or someone didn't let them do their work properly.
My favorite issues are Thunderbolts #12 ( Punisher solo story) and Thunderbolts Annual, the quality was really good that i don't know what went wrong. But i have to say that issue #30 is the worst of this series and i risk to say that is the worst of the last years regarding the Punisher. I hope someone from Marvel should learn something from this.