Thursday, March 19, 2015



Another issue out, and unfortunately another disappointment.
This issue could marked a turn of events regarding the Punisher and all this conspiracy but it turned out to be otherwise he didn't accomplish nothing.

Overall Edmondson built a good plot, personally i like some conspiracy stories but the execution of the main character was very poor through most of this series.

The other problem are the supporting cast, last issue Frank get on Sidewinder's mind and out of the blue he make him believe in him. Sidewinder's was the most strong minded and the leader of the Howling Commandos, by far he would be the most difficult to convince. 
And now in this issue we have Sam Stone, she was supporting the Punisher actions since day 1, now she's on the loose and heard news that the Punisher is responsible from the actual riots in L.A. She change her opinion about him? She wants to get him? 

It's not the first time that Edmondson presents us a Punisher with dillemmas and some inability to found out by himself what is his mission. And this time there is no Rachel Alves to pull him out of it.
And worst than this, Frank is unable to do what he does best... punish the wicked. When he get his hand on the "Secretary" he let him go, after all the lifes his actions cost in Mexico and in the current riots in L.A. 

I know what Edmondson is trying to built here and it's interesting but it's not the Punisher. The Punisher doesn't have moral code dillemas, he just do what needs to be done, plain and simple.
He might ask himself about some actions, i get it, but at least he should be able to execute them like he always does. But as it seems not in this run.

Mitch Gerads presents us a great graphic quality, very clean and detailed. The colors suit very well in every panel.
His covers are amazing and so far it was the most consistent item on this series. Next cover will be another fine piece by this great artist. 

  • Great cover and great artwork by Mitch Gerads.
  • The Punisher is out of character;
  •  Unconsistent supporting cast ( Sam Stone).

Final note: I tried to defend this series but it's getting more and more difficult to justify some actions. Reading this issue in trade is better but it won't give me the Punisher i want. This Punisher is unable to win or accomplish anything. If he will accomplish something in the upcoming issues, i don't know but it's a bit late for that when it's been already 16 issues.

OVERALL RATE: 6 out of 10

posted by @ivomgs



  1. If its written with less grammatical errors as this review the issue should be fine lol. Jk I hate Edmondson's work too. Keep the artist fire the writer. I'd prefer Punisher be written by Warren Elis

  2. Yes, this is tough one to take especially after the secretary admitted what he did. Frank still would have had to escape but the secretary should have gone down. It will be a relief once this series does end at issue 19 or more. The readership is down with justification for Frank being out of character. Here it is one year later and Frank had the mastermind, let him go, and we may see him dropped again by Falcon/Captain America with a clueless officer stone pissed at him. How did anybody take Frank this seriously through his reputation if he constantly loses? Frank would be like everyone, not worthy of government conspiracies or superhero/villain beat downs. Why take an entire year to have these results? End the series, have a new character do the Punisher or wait 2 years and write only 3 part stories per year that can get readership at 70,000. Otherwise, don't give Frank his own series, simply have him guest star in others like Spider-Man, Daredevil, or compilation of street heroes but NOT his own title until a re-boot or regular short series can be written about Frank that doesn't see such pitiful readership from Marvel. That is not a plug to be written at another company either. I hope I would do at least a good of a job as the current author but having somebody get beaten all the time is not easy to read as a long-term fan. Frank's time has come, time for another character to rise.

  3. If Frank killed the secretary then the mystery organization the secretary belongs to would've won.

    1. He knows that this conspiracy is tied with government, he doesn't need the Secretary no more. He should've put a bullet in him.

    2. SPOILER ALERT!! But the secretary didn't necessarily commit the crimes in LA or the desert. He lead others to do it for him didn't he?

    3. He is the root of the problem. If it wasn't for the secretary, there wasn't no chemical gas and no innocent casualties.
      In my book he is guilty too and in the penal system is the same.

  4. Maybe post-secret wars frank will start reading criminals their rights, and carry only a tazer and mace...he can go by the nickname Dog and teach criminals about Christ, Brah.