Monday, September 18, 2017

PC POST #377: New Marvel's the Punisher promo and some thoughts about the soldiers who are hunting down Frank.

Another promo is out and this one is bloody and violent. It's 30 seconds of pure mayhem when we see Frank in the hoods killing some soldiers one by one.

It was amazing how they developed these specific fighting scenes when we see Frank Castle pull off some amazing guerrilla warfare techniques to beat those soldiers to the ground permanently. While seeing Frank Castle in this specific situation it gave me some sort of nostalgia from the classic film "FIRST BLOOD" ( Rambo I).

Check out the teaser:

Here is the question who are these soldiers? Well, one thing is almost certain, these are not soldiers from the government. These soldiers are from some sort of private military company and they might belong to Anvil Corporation that was founded and headed by Billy Russo.

On the other side, these soldiers seem to have the same gear as we see Frank using in this picture.

"I'm coming for you." These are the words from Frank Castle in this short teaser but to who he is talking about? Rawlins or Russo? Or both?

Despite that, we don't have a release date. I guess we will find out to whom Frank was threatening somewhere in the upcoming months.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

PC POST #376: [SPOILERS] Secret Empire Omega #1 shows The Punisher path of redemption.

Watch out!! SPOILERS below!

Secret Empire is over. Thankfully. It did more damage than good to many characters like Captain America and the Punisher.

This book was a good reading. Without a doubt the best of the series. Especially for the great discussion between the real Steve Rogers and his alternate self "Hydra" Rogers.

Now let's talk about what is important... The Punisher. 
The Punisher got a few pages in this book when we see him hunting down Hydra operatives on a way of redemption himself. 

Frank is tracking down all the cells and operations of Hydra and put them down. Something that from my point of view he should've done since the beginning of this event.
Frank says that "This might be the worst of them.." he was talking about his mistakes in his life and siding with Hydra the worst of them all. 

He also adds: "I was tricked... Manipulated by one man I thought I could trust". 

While he's destroying Hydra operations he's been tracking down by Nick Fury Jr. 
Fury also says that "He's ready". I don't have doubts that this will serve as a bridge to Punisher #218 that will start in November with Frank using the War Machine suit.
The Punisher will be one of the few characters that will not have a one-shot before this new series, maybe because of his own current run that it's still ongoing until one month before the release of the Punisher #218.

I'm glad this event is over. Worst than sided with a "good" mafia family, being transformed into an angel or be a Frankenstein rip-off, was betraying what he believed since his very own foundations. 
He sided with a terrorist organization. Because he blindly followed a false messiah with broken promises to get his family back. If there is a writer who believes that Frank wants his family back, well... he should quit his job due to his own lack of knowledge about the character.
Frank wouldn't want his family back and let them see what he has become. Because of them and his addiction to destroying crime.

Now let's enjoy the upcoming issues 16 and 17 from Becky Cloonan's run.

Issue #16 (September)
Issue #17 (October)

And welcoming this new Punisher run with Matthew Rosenberg and Guiu Vilanova.

The Punisher #218: Frank Castle - War Machine (November)

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PC POST #375: New images and teaser from Marvel's the Punisher

A few days ago new stills were released by Netflix from Marvel's the Punisher. Also, a new logo and teaser were released too. During the teaser we see a lot of redacted words it appears a mysterious mission called "Cerberus".
As far as I know, there is no relation to anything ever mentioned in the comics. Sadly we don't have the official release date.

Check out the teaser:

And check out the images released by Netflix:

It's impossible not to notice that we got two images with Frank and Karen together. I believe she will be an important character in the series, not just an appearance. 
And once again we see Frank in a military outfit, which leads us to how important and influential Frank's past will be during this series.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

PC POST #374: -REVIEW- Edge of VenomVerse: War Stories - Deal with the Devil

Edge of Venomverse began and Declan Shalvey took his chance to be the writer and artist of this 8th-page story of Edge of Venomverse: War Stories #01.
I didn't know how he would be as a writer but I was very pleased with everything I read!

As the reader can imagine an 8th-page story has to be very compressed in terms of story and action and it worked like a charm. Declan Shalvey had enough time to develop Frank and show the readers what he can do with the symbiote.

This is the third time we see Frank using a symbiote, well technically two times. The one we saw in War Journal wasn't the real symbiote it was more of an exoskeleton fueled by Venomechs created by Stuart Clarke aka Rampage.

In terms of character, the excuse Declan used in the comic for Frank using the symbiote was a bit "forced" I don't imagine Frank making pacts with symbiote so easily but the way Declan wrote it was more than worth a read. 
This Frank doesn't control the symbiote yet and I don't know if he will appear in the upcoming issues of Venomverse but it's a fun reading for every Punisher fan and especially for those who read the "What if... The Punisher was possessed by Venom" by Kurt Busiek will see some sort of nostalgia about it.

I always praise the artwork of Declan Shalvey in the Punisher covers and this is no different. I really liked his artwork. Very solid and very detailed in the weapons and everything around the panels. Great motion in the action scenes.
The tone of this comic was spot on and I will not forget to credit Chris O' Halloran for the great colors we were presented in this comic and every panel.

I want to see more of this "Venomised" Punisher in the upcoming issues of Edge of Venomverse, it was a very interesting concept that will probably help the "resistance team" in getting rid of the "Poisons"

Overall Rate: 8.5 / 10

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017


Simple and compressed. This should be standard for most of the Punisher stories, it's a simple "recipe" that it's been unused for awhile now until Becky Cloonan step up and show how it's done.

Issue #15 tells us a story of a serial killer who is pushing innocent people into the front of the trains and we will see Frank Castle hunting him down.
 In the first issues of this comic, Becky Cloonan shows how bad this villain is and easily make the reader asking for some kind of punishment. 
This guy in with a trench coat is far from being the worst villain the Punisher faced in the current run, but he is a man who knows his surroundings and the Punisher goes into his own "turf" which reveals to be a difficult task.
Cloonan introduced a secondary character called Ryan, a homeless that lived in the underground and was a great help to Frank. Frank recognized that Ryan was a former lieutenant and he pretty much offers his help to Frank to catch this killer, Frank accepted.  

This was the only negative point of this story in my opinion. Not because of the character which was great but the way Frank easily accepted his help putting his life in danger.

On the other side, it was great seeing the empathy of two former military men joining forces to the same goal and Cloonan explored very well the relationship between them.

Matt Horak did a great work on this issue. So far and in my opinion, this was his best work since he picked up the Punisher title. Very solid artwork with a great motion in the action scenes between characters. The backgrounds were great even the crowd who were in the background were well defined. 
Lee Loughridge was a huge help in the coloring of this issue, the tone was perfect for an underground scene.

Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire continues to impress with amazing covers and this is no exception. It's an action scene that reminds me the old 90's beat em up games with Frank wasting some bad guys in the subway.

OVERALL RATE: 7.5 / 10

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

PC POST #372: New image of Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle pre-Punisher!

Here is a new leaked image by Empire that shows Frank Castle in one of many flashbacks we have seen so far.

Fully geared up we can see in this particular image of Frank Castle with his US Marine Corp suit which shows the strong presence and development in the upcoming series of his "shady" past.

It does not take a rocket scientist to figure it out that something went wrong, even Col Schoonover said it during Daredevil season 2.

During the article of the Empire, Jon Bernthal said a few words about his role as Frank Castle / The Punisher.

“It’s the only thing that silences the demons, temporarily." 
“There’s going to be an attempt to move beyond the Punisher, but that’s something he can’t shake. There’s part of me that’s hungry to get back into the darkness, that’s excited to see it fall apart."

There is no release date yet for this series, but we can count with the regular format of 13 episodes.

Monday, August 28, 2017

PC POST #371: Another Punisher teaser and episodes titles dropped out plus an Easter egg from comics!

Today we were presented with a teaser ensembling the cast of the Punisher series to be premiered somewhere in November.

I don't know if this is part of the intro or just a teaser presenting us the main cast of the series. There is no release date revealed yet.

Billy Russo ( Ben Barnes)

Karen Page ( Deborah Ann Woll) 

Rawlins ( Paul Schulze)

Dinah Madani (Amber Rose Revah)

Micro (Ebon Moss-Bachrach)

Frank Castle ( Jon Bernthal)

And it's not over for today news! It was revealed by Morse code on twitter the name of the 13 episodes of this upcoming season.

1. 3:AM

2. Two Dead Man
3. Kandahar
4. Resupply
5. Gunner
6. The Judas Goat
7. Crosshairs
8. Cold Steel
9. Front Toward Enemy
10. Virtue of the Vicious
11. Danger Close
12. Home
13. Memento Mori

It's curious to know that the last episode is the name of the first issue of Punisher (2014) by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads.

"Memento Mori" is a Latin expression that means "Remember you must die". 

In the comics, Frank got a ring with a skull ( Memento Mori) and offered to officer Sam Stone.

It's good to know that someone is doing their homework while renaming the Punisher episodes.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

PC POST #370: Marvel's Punisher Legacy will start with a wrong renumbering?

It's been weeks since I'm thinking in renumbering myself the Punisher comics that will make Marvel start their Punisher Legacy with issue #218.
I always thought it was a bit low according to the runs the character had. After some thought, I think I did finally figure it out.

This is not the official renumbering!

If this renumbering is right, it's unbelievable how they ignored Punisher War Journal (1988) #01-#80, Punisher War Zone (1992) #01-#41 and the Punisher Marvel Knights by Ennis  Vol. 4 (#01-#12) and Vol. 5 (#01-#37) these are books set in the main Marvel Universe! It should count too. It's more 170 issues to add those "unofficial" #217 which equals 387 issues.

It's a mess if you ask me. But someone will say " Those are the main books of the Punisher set in the Marvel Universe", yeah, sure. The Punisher Marvel Knights were the main book of the character since the year 2000 to 2003 until they start publishing Punisher MAX and the Punisher integrated the Marvel Knights (Team) comic book which both doesn't count.
Maybe it's because it's branded by "Marvel Knights" they don't consider a "main run". I understand they don't consider limited series or runs out of continuity like MAX but clearly this count is a mess. Being this renumbering true or false, the Punisher clearly has more than #217 issues.

Until the release of the official renumbering by Marvel, I really doubt this count will fall too much from their count.
If they want to renumber it and start all over, they have to do it right. Maybe it's because of business and they think you can find the TPB's and hardcovers more easily than older runs? 
Personally, i don't know. But I would like to hear about why they excluded some runs and others don't.

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Monday, August 21, 2017

PC POST #369: The Punisher #218: Creative Team Revealed and Why is it good!

Finally, it was revealed the creative team of the next Punisher run branded by Marvel's Legacy. On the writing, it will be Matthew Rosenberg and at the pencils will be Guiu Vilanova.

For years, Frank Castle has been fighting a one-man war against criminals who endanger the innocent, but when a certain one-eyed operative offers him the tools to take his fight global…how could he say no? Find out how Frank found his way into the WAR MACHINE Armor!

Looks like Frank will deal with the "one-eyed" (Nick Fury) operative to do some sort of wet work. Cleaning up the streets from bad people. Who will lead Nick Fury to gear up Frank with the War Machine armor. It looks like we will have some sort of partnership like we have seen in Ultimates storyline by Millar when Fury Jr. recruited Frank Castle to the team he was creating.

I don't know the work of Guiu Vilanova but a quick research on Google will get us amazed by the detail he gives to his own artwork. With this, i can't wait to see the artwork of this book!

Matthew Rosenberg, a man who knows Marvel Universe so well with enough proof of solid writing like Secret Warriors, Rocket Raccoon, Edge of Venomverse and Kingpin.
With this sort of experience he might give us a really great experience while reading his new Punisher run.
What really caught my attention to his work was in Civil War II tie-in Kingpin #3 when he wrote one of the best standalone Punisher issues.
He put the Punisher against the Kingpin with a massive and violent fight that honored both characters.

You might want to check it out this issue!

Matthew Rosenberg has a huge potential as a writer and with his knowledge about Marvel's criminal underworld he might put Frank Castle and his War Machine armor in good use.
On the other hand, he must make Frank Castle effective in his fight with this kind of gear and not a puppet in the hands of Nick Fury.

Can't wait for the beginning of this series in November!

Check out the full interview in Newsarama!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

PC POST #368: MARVEL'S THE PUNISHER teaser in detail plus Easter Eggs!

Last Friday all of us were surprised by the latest Punisher teaser, exactly in the same day Defenders were released.

Check out the trailer:

"All the things that I'd done...
Memories... They never hurt me.
But the past... it's more than memories.
It's the devil you sold your soul to.
He's coming...
He's coming to collect."

This teaser as everyone seen it is based in Frank's past and present. Looks like we will go back and forth through his memories and his darkest past in the military. Through most of this teaser, we see Frank slamming a hammer into the concrete and makes the skull.

The Family

During this teaser, we see some flashbacks of his family. In one of the scenes, we see someone (might be Frank) holding a picture of his family and we see him and his two kids visiting New York.

It's curious to see that, Frank's family was recast for the Punisher season 1.

The Military:

In most of this teaser, we see Frank's background as a Marine. We were presented with a very dark teaser. As a matter of fact, it wasn't a surprise due to what Blacksmith said about his "dark" past in Daredevil season 2.

This particular scene we have seen at the end of Daredevil season 2 when Frank punches this picture and gets the CD that says "Micro".

We get to see this fighting scene when Frank wastes two guys with synchronizing fighting style.

In this scene we see someone targeting "Maria Castle" and shoot her in the head. This seems to be some sort of dream or hallucination because she died in Central Park.

It's quite hard to figure it out who is being tortured but from the looks of it, it seems to be Frank's squad. For moments I thought of Billy Russo, but the image isn't clear.

On these scenes we see Frank assaulting some guy and he looks like he got his eye injured. And guess who is it?


Yeah, Rawlins was a good choice as a character to be in the series. He was a CIA covert agent who did a lot of wet works for CIA and for "himself". It's a bit different from the MAX story but Frank Castle did take his eye out while torturing him.

I still think that Cleve Gorman from "Return of Big Nothing" would be a better choice due to his story with Castle during his early days in the Marine Corp.

Netflix/Marvel will retcon some details about Frank's war origin, aside from being an originally a Vietnam to Afghanistan veteran like was revealed in Daredevil season 2. 

It was revealed in Daredevil season 2 that Frank wasn't a saint during his days in the Marines. Col. Schoonover ( Blacksmith).
In this picture, we see some sort of covert operation with a small squad that probably is Frank's squad.

Don't know exactly what is this image but it looks like a "farewell". Or something he did that he will know he will regret it in the future. It's probably related to the next image.

I'd totally miss this one if Shaun Griffin didn't warn me. But why would Frank burn his vest? 

Homage to Punisher MAX: BORN

"It's the devil you sold your soul to."

Don't know if this was just an homage to this specific story just for the teaser or that will be mentioned in the series. I really hope not. I hope they stay away from supernatural elements like "pacts with the devil" and stay grounded to reality.
This specific scene the "sacrifice" that cost this pact was the only thing i didn't like from "BORN".

Either way, I'm really pumped up for this series and finally, we got this teaser from Defenders. Now we can have the release date and the actual trailer! 

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