Wednesday, October 26, 2016


(W) Becky Cloonan / (A) Steve Dillon / (C) Frank Martin & Lee Duhig /(CA) Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire

After the fast packed action between Ortiz and the Punisher last issue, the pace of this new book did actually slow down a little bit.
Becky Cloonan show us some flashbacks of Frank's days as USMC and his relationship with Olaf. We also learn that Frank had already cross paths with Condor's soldiers in the past.
It was interesting seeing Frank as a marine and how honorable he was, unlike the soldiers of Condor.
Ortiz is dealing with the grief of his deceased partner and she wants to destroy Condor operations.

It was a good move to explore some Frank's background and Cloonan did it in the perfect timing, There is some stuff to be explained but i bet with time it will happen.

From the artistic point of view, Steve Dillon once again kept his high standards. He nailed on portraying a younger Frank Castle and did a great job in the action scenes. 
I was very impressed by the last page of this comic, clearly Dillon show his full potential with the help of Frank Martin who delivered the best looking page of the entire run to date, in my opinion.

Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire showed once again awesome skills with the cover of this issue. Graphically, these awesome pair is meant to work together. Both did a great job. With a cover giving us a signal of Frank's passed days as a marine.

Conclusion: This run doesn't seem to lost the "steam" and despite the action and the pace dropped significantly i maintained my attention to the comic, for moments when i finished reading the first time i was confused by that last page but then i read issue #5 and understood what happened.

OVERALL RATE: 7.5 out of 10

Editor's note: This review just take too long to be released. I was ready to release it on Saturday but then i was in shocked when i learned that Steve Dillon passed away. And i put this review aside for a few days, maybe i was mourning him.

Steve Dillon was the artist who did more Punisher issues to date. He wasn't just an artist, he was a storyteller. I was in my teen years when Ennis and Steve picked up on the Punisher, so this admiration has many years.

I will miss Steve Dillon's artwork, i will miss those funny moments all these years and great laughs while reading his Punisher comics.
My sincere condolences to his family and the comic book world should mourn him. It was a great loss. 

I will definitely revisit all those funny moments he had with all of us.

Ivo Santos | @ivomgs

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