Tuesday, August 23, 2016

PC POST #309: -REVIEW- Civil War II: Choosing Sides - The Punisher

(W) Chuck Brown / (A) Chris Visions / (C) Declan Shalvey

Finally we have a tie-in in this Civil War II with the Punisher in it.
The original Civil War event, got a significant appearance of the Punisher. He saved Spider-Man's life and helped Captain America in some missions.
This time i don't think Frank will choose a side or even have a relevant appearance but it's good seeing the character deep within Marvel Universe.

Civil War II: Choosing Sides have only a short story with the Punisher, Frank shared this book with Power Pack and Nick Fury.

The Punisher story isn't nothing fancy, it's a typical Punisher story. And it's really entertaining! I miss back in the day these standalone stories. It reminds me of "Tingling" story written by Greg Rucka when the Punisher stopped some bank robbers during Spider-Island event.

The story basically shows a bunch of robbers who are trying to steal a lethal virus. 

Chuck Brown wrote this story in a very smart way. He chose to use the Punisher as boogeyman, like many writers choose to do it nowadays. He gave enough spotlight for the robbers and presented the Punisher in the right way to counter them.

Bloody and lethal. Two perfect words to describe how the Punisher fights criminality and this is what we are going see in this tenth page story.

The art of Chris Visions felt suitable for this story. It's not shinny but it's sketchy and colorful. It's clearly not for everyone taste.

One thing i liked was the resemblance of the Punisher with Jon Bernthal's. He might not look exactly like him but i think it's somewhat close to the portrayal of Frank Castle on Netflix.

We got enough space for a Easter Egg too... Check in the top of this list...

One Batch, Two Batch. Penny and Dime.

Declan Shalvey deserves a shout out too, with the magnificent cover he did for this issue. Still impressed every time i see a cover or something done by him

Yes, straight up from the Netflix series! As mostly of you know, One Batch, Two Batch story was used by Frank Castle during the series of Daredevil season 2.
It was the favorite story of his daughter and some sort of "mantra" to give him more focus.

Final Words: It was a enjoyable short story, Chuck Brown respected the character and did the best for him. The
The artwork could be slightly better but i get used to it.

Let's hope this can be added to the Punisher TPB to be released with the first arc of the Punisher ongoing of Becky Cloonan's and Steve Dillon.


Ivo Santos | @ivomgs

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