Thursday, October 25, 2012

PC POST #90: Punisher War Zone #1 (1 of 5)

Post by @neil4LOST

Punisher War Zone #1 Review

WRITERS: Greg Rucka
ARTIST: Carmine Di Giiandomenico
COLOR ARTIST: Matt Hollingsworth
LETTERS: VC’s Joe Caramagna
COVER: Marco Checchetto
EDITOR: Stephen Wacker
PUBLISHER: Dan Buckley

Release Date: October 24th, 2012
Published monthly by Marvel Worldwide, INC.

Price – $2.99
(23 Pages, single-issue, color)

INTRODUCTION: (From page 1)

Frank Castle’s plan to take down The Exchange didn’t turn out exactly the way he had hoped it would. Not only did several police officers die in the process of taking down The Exchange, Rachel Cole-Alves is now under custody and Spider-Man is not happy that some of his equipment was found to play a part in the showdown.

Now Spider-Man and the Avengers will be coming after Castle to take him off the streets for good. But as we all know…the Punisher won’t go down without a fight.


Rucka has made a name for himself again in the world of comics with his run on The Punisher series. Now that it has come to a close and Rucka told a fabulous revenge story that intertwined the characters of Rachel Cole-Alves and Frank Castle, Marvel has asked for Rucka to conclude this chapter of Frank Castle’s life in Punisher War Zone.

Rucka has approached this limited series as a natural continuation and throughout this first issue he carries on the style and approach of a slow-burn build up. This works really well in an introduction issue where each of the Avengers need to understand the situation and decide how they will react. Rucka writes each Avenger in a very unique way…none more in my opinion than Wolverine himself.
It is obvious that Rucka knows exactly where he is taking this story. It is too bad he had to conclude his story as a mini-series but nevertheless, he is doing a hell of a job.

Rating – “A”


Carmine Di Giandomenico does an admirable job drawing in this book. He of course is no Marco Checchetto but he is able to successfully draw emotion and character rich panels of interaction. Where he does seem to lack or suffer however is in his depiction of action. Hopefully this will improve over the course of the next few issues as the Avengers begin to square off with Frank Castle more…

Rating – “B”



Spider-Man is upset. Evidence of his web slinging device was found at the mass murder at The Exchange headquarters where several police officers will killed. Spider-Man finds Frank Castle and tells him that Frank’s day is over…that he is going to have to answer for his crimes. Of course Frank has a few tricks up his sleeve and cleverly creates a diversion to escape.

Spider-Man then calls the Avengers together to get agreement about what should be done with The Punisher. At first, the Avengers have no interest in Spider-Man’s plea. But Captain Rogers finds reason in Spider-Man’s plea and agrees that if the Avengers do not take action they will be sending the wrong impression of what and who the Avengers stand for.

Frank prepares for the mission of survival ahead and Wolverine, who doesn’t completely feel that Frank Castle is an enemy goes and warns Punisher that the Avengers are coming.

Rating – “B +”


The story is great. Anyone that has followed Rucka’s Punisher run is highly anticipating the events that will take place over the next four issues. There is a wide cast involved here that allows Rucka to experiment and deal with a very interesting topic in the world of Marvel. What do you do with a good guy that now everybody believes is a bad guy…

Rating – “A”


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

PC POST #89: Punisher Solicitations for November 2012.

Hello Punisher fans, next month we have only this title of our character, we know that Untold Tales of Punisher MAX and Space: Punisher ended.

One day before War Zone #1 i got high hopes for this limited series. Can't wait till tomorrow!!!


GREG RUCKA (W) • MARCO CHECCHETTO (C) Giandomenico Carmine (A)
• Kings take Castle. Now its his move!
• It takes more than bullets to take out the Avengers’ biggest guns.

Friday, October 19, 2012

PC POST #88: Punisher: Nightmare book, news and Punisher: War-Zone #01 preview!

Hello Punisher fans!

This week we got some news about our favorite character.

In January we will get a new book for the Punisher, unfortunately it will be a limited series with 5 issues but no problem by me if Marvel keep 'em coming.

This book will be written by Gimple the Walking Dead TV series producer and writter and the art will be done by Texeira ( Space: Punisher).
In this book it will appear a new enemy Johnny Nightmare, as they say in the interview if he gets hurt he will grow more and more stronger ( probably a mutant?).
In this story Frank will know a soldier that lived the same nightmare as him. (the family of this soldier were killed in a mob crossfire and he gets in a coma).

You can check the interview for more details here.

Cover #1

Cover #2

Cover #3

Cover #4

Cover #5

For the news section this week we know that the Red Leader will be part of the team of Thunderbolts, don't know how Frank will deal with this, because the Red Leader is truely a villain, i'm guessing that he wouldn't last long in this team...

- January 2013 we got an appearence of Frank in Fury Max #08.

There will be an anime movie named Iron Man: Rise of Technovore that will feature Iron Man,War Machine, Nick Fury, Black Widow, Hawkeye and The Punisher. We will watch more news about this anime very closely. Here goes the trailer. See the article here.

It looks really cool, the art could be better in my opinion, but i'm glad that they give the Punisher a chance to be present in this anime. Maybe this could lead to many more appearences in Marvel animation.

At last but not the least i will post some pictures of the preview of the Punisher: War-Zone #01.

I love the art, And think there is some similarities with Marco's art, continue your good work Giandomenico. This issue will be available in 24th of October.

See you next time and i hope it will be soon.

Posted by @ivomgs

Sunday, October 7, 2012

PC POST #87: Punishing by commitee by The fifth color

Hello again people, here i will post this great article by The Fifth Color, explaining why the Punisher can be a good team player in Thunderbolts by following orders from Red Hulk aka Thunderbolt Ross.

A Punisher team-up still seems like a really bad idea. No matter who’s book he guest stars in, the Punisher is just not the guy you want to stand next to for any real length of time. Not only is he a loner by nature, but your average superhero is immediately at odds with something as simple and dangerous as a man with a gun. His motivations just don’t jibe with the code one has to follow to be a hero, let alone a sane human being. To paraphrase Ray Stevenson, who played Frank Castle in Punisher: War Zone, no one should want to be the Punisher, but everyone should be glad he’s out there.
That movie title is catchy because it’s very apropos; Frank Castle truly is a one-man war zone. Please note the one-man part. In recent years, there has been some absolutely brilliant comics work showing you just how strange and solitary the Punisher is. Greg Rucka has brought us the pure poetry of life at Punisher’s right hand. Jason Aaron on PunisherMAX drove us right on through how cruel a world can get to create the Punisher. And, of course, Garth Ennis showed us Frank Castle as a force of nature, something that happened to the worst of the criminal element. Not a bogeyman or a fable but cold, dark fact.
So I can’t say the idea of the Punisher as we’ve come to know and love him in recent years would be signing up for a matching uniform to run around with Ross’ Thunderbolts. He’s not a team player. He certainly doesn’t seem like a man who could even tolerate Deadpool for more than it would take to put air in his lungs. How could a one-man war zone work well with others? Well, let me take a moment of your time, Dear Reader, to theorize with you. I think there’s enough duty and dignity to Frank Castle to will allow him to co-exist with comrades-in-arms.

WARNING: One of my examples comes from the absolutely gorgeous Punisher #16 that was released this week, so grab your copy and read along!

Let me give you a quick-and-dirty catch-up on Rucka’s Punisher: Widowed Marine Rachel Cole-Alves has just killed a cop in a moment of chaos. All the revenge she took in killing the criminals that murdered her husband weighs down on her, and the death of Detective Bolt by her own hand is the last straw. Unable to cope with what’s become of her, Rachel Alves is a liability. She and the Punisher split up and Alves makes a suicide call to her last friend, explaining everything. Waiting for the legion of law enforcement after her, she gives in, not up, to the weight of what she’s done. But despite her sniper-clear location, despite her wish to die and her determination to see it through, pointing a gun at another officer, Rachel lives. The Punisher ensures it by having removed the firing pin from her gun earlier and clearing out the snipers. She curses his name as the Punisher watches, alone in the distance.
Writer Julien Smith of Trust Agents and the Flinch recently said there are two major reasons for doing absolutely anything in the world: happiness and duty. While debatable philosophically, it can be said the idea fits Frank Castle to a T. Or a skull. Whatever works for you. It can be said the small smiles and the lengths to kill the criminal element derive from a type of sadism; the Punisher first and foremost has made it his self-appointed duty to punish the guilty. Letting Alves live is part of that duty: He judged her from the moment she was tossed into this criminal cycle, he respected her enough to bring her in on his personal mission and he took away her ability to go out at a suicidal moment. Alves’ story will continue, she’ll be punished, but that she will live is the most important part. She wasn’t guilty enough to die.
Face value says the Punisher kills criminals. That’s his goal, his modus operandi, his raison d’etre. More to that, the Punisher judges others. He undertakes law enforcement without legal authority, but by a moral code. He knows right, he knows wrong and what should be done for either. Without people, the Punisher has nothing. Even in the cruel world that Aaron created for PunisherMAX, Frank Castle has to die. There has to be something greater than himself by which to measure the guilty.
In Civil War, the Punisher followed Captain America and helped the Resistance until it came into direct conflict with his personal duty. Captain America tossed him out on his ear after the Punisher shot two criminals the Resistance was about to work with, and that was that. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t go very well but it did prove the Punisher could exist under a higher authority. Now, imagine if that higher authority actually shares the Punisher’s duty and values …

Enter Thunderbolt Ross. This man has waged his own one-man war against an unstoppable threat to all he holds dear. As the Red Hulk, he tried to personally assassinate Cyclops during Avengers vs. X-Men, taking this dirty task upon himself to keep the Avengers’ hands clean. He’s a decorated general and could probably swap a war story or two with Frank Castle. Most importantly, General Ross has a similar if not matching devotion to the acts he considers his duty and the ones undertaken with that special shade of sadism. Violence doesn’t bother him one bit and, against the enemy, all the sweeter.
The Punisher won’t be climbing on the Avengers bus, but he might drive down the same road for a while. He couldn’t fall under the leadership of Captain America because they don’t share the same values anymore, no matter how much respect there might be. Thunderbolt Ross shares those values and isn’t foolish enough to grab a handful of anti-heroes for his team without knowing if they’re going to fall in step with him. This could be the start of a beautiful friendship.
Still not sure about Deadpool, though.

The Fifth Color| Punishing by commitee


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

PC POST #86: More Thunderbolts news!

At this point and as the time goes by Marvel will taunt us with some news about the Thunderbolts.

This seems to be the covers for the very first 5 issues.

This is the villain for the Thunderbolts, The Red Leader.

That's all for now, personally i'm very curious about this new book, as much as they will give us more news i will update this post or create a new one.

See you soon guys...


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

PC POST #85: The Hundreds vs The Punisher

They say it's a "big collaborative project" but it seems that David Choe is planning something for the Punisher...

Stay tunned for more news about this