The GeeksversePunisher: In The Blood #1

Punisher: In The Blood #1
Published on Saturday, November 6, 2010 by

Published by: Marvel Comics
Written by: Rick Remender
Art by: Roland Boschi
Colored by: Dan Brown
Lettered by: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Editor: Sebatian Girner
Exec. Editor: Axel Alonso
Cover: Francesco Mattina

Frank Castle is back as he should be. The text piece at the beginning doesn’t mention anything to do with his time as Frankencastle. There really isn’t very much mention of it at all, it’s like they are trying to gloss it over. There is one mention, during a fight, where Frank mentions that he no longer has the bloodstone and has to re-teach himself how to fight without it.

The rest of the story seems as if it picks up from where Remender left off before the Frankencastle detour. I’m not sure if I like that. It makes the Frankencastle stuff seem like an Elseworlds and not relevant, like they want to forget it happened as quick as possible.

The other stuff I didn’t like in this issue, it seems like the Punisher is going Batman. He’s got a Punisher-Hangglider and a Punisher-Motorcycle. And even a Punisher-Cave hidden by a secret entrance in an alley. It just seems too much for the Punisher.

That aside, Remender has a good handle on the Punisher’s character. Not friendly, hard, focused. That the Punisher doesn’t even say happy birthday to his assistant tells alot about Frank’s mindset. There’s just the war and nothing else.

I like that Remender doesn’t have Frank talk much, even in his thoughts. Short, straight to the point. That’s what the Punisher is. Focused.

The story itself is about Frank trying to find Microchip. Frank has always been an obsessive personality and thats what he is doing now, obsessing over Microchip. How Frank talks about it being a failure, there is no self-recrimination, it’s all the fault of others. That Frank doesn’t see how he could have done anything wrong is another telling sign about how unstable Frank really is.

Boschi is a perfect Punisher artist. His linework is hard and rough, but well proportioned. There’s nothing really pretty about it, helping give the Punisher’s world a harsh feel. His fight scenes are fluid and he does the action well. The layouts flow smoothly with the story. He breaks the panel borders in a couple of places to good effect, not overdoing it but using it wisely.

Punisher: In The Blood receives
4 out of 5

I’m not a big Punisher fan, never have been, but this was a good read.

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