Sunday, January 14, 2018


Another great issue of this Punisher series delivered almost flawlessly by Matthew Rosenberg with an engaging story and top-notch action. Guiu's art is polished and fit perfectly into this story.

This issue starts almost like the last one with Frank saving an innocent man from Petrov's troops and while doing that acquiring intel about his whereabouts and waging war to the headquarters of Petrov's but he got the attention of someone with special gear.

Matthew Rosenberg doesn't stop impressing me with his good writing in every issue that it's released. The bar is already high and Rosenberg doesn't seem that is writing is running out of steam.
For every reader, this issue gives us TONS of action with Frank obliterating Petrov's troops and obviously a gorgeous artwork by Vilanova.
The story is compelling and simple. So far, there are no major twists and easy to follow up.
Rosenberg knows how to entertain and this issue gives us that. Entertainment.

The big premise of this arc so far, was seeing Frank against those rogue ex-agents of SHIELD. Energy blasts, flying maneuvers and even simple methods Frank used to try to take down those highly trained rogue agents.
Frank can easily use the suit to obliterate common troops, send vehicles through the air to stop tanks, etc... but when he faces some guys highly trained in their SHIELD armors things change a little bit.
What I'm liking so far is that Frank doesn't control the War Machine armor just yet. He didn't have the time to master it, he's in process of learning how to use it in the proper way.
This "weakness" is what I like about stories of the Punisher, the ability he has to overcome those weaknesses. This process of evolution is what I expect from this run. I have no doubt this process of learning how to master the War Machine armor will lead to something epic.

The art of Vilanova is astonishing. Vilanova is getting used to drawing the War Machine armor, and it's getting better in every issue that it's released. The armor is very well designed and detailed and especially the skull. The skull painted in the armor has a very aggressive look.
The action panels were amazing and dynamic artwork among panels.

Lee Loughridge did a better job on coloring this issue in my humble opinion. Despite some "brownish"colors in some panels overall he did a good job on coloring most of it. During the night scene Loughridge colors just shined.


Review by Ivo Santos



  1. This run is so trash. The fact people enjoy it let me know the days of reading comics for me are numbered. How the fuck are people enjoying Frank in that rustbucket

    1. People are free to like or not. As an avid Punisher fan, I'm enjoying this run as long it's temporary. This is a gimmick, it will not last or will be permanent. But I'm enjoying it, I always had a crush with the possibility that Frank in the War Machine armor.

      Just by any chance, have you read this comic already to judge it?

  2. Yeah. I've read the first issue. Then I found out it'd be coming out once a month just to prolong this ridiculous comic and I've been reading reviews ever since. It uses the previous dumb in story idea to back it up (Hydra Frank). You guys are saying it's temporary with no proof of it being temporary. You don't know how long this will last. In ten years when you open up a war machine comic and see Frank castle don't say nothing. Remember how much you liked this series lol.

    1. Believe me, you're being dramatic. This War Machine won't stick for long. Been reading comics for decades now, it's a gimmick and it will go away in a year or two. Maybe less.

  3. Will not waste my money on this silliness.

  4. Right? I'd rather wait till it runs out of steam by issue 13 like every other current run Frank's had in the last couple years. Then I'mma act like this run never happened

    1. They're not doing it right! Waaagh!

  5. When is Marvel (and the dumb so-called fans) ever going to learn... no one picks up a Punisher comic to see him as War Machine, a Frankenstein Monster, Captain Punisher, an Undead Angel or a member of the Nazis...

    Garth Ennis Doesn't Need An Iron Man Suit To Make THE PUNISHER Interesting