The GeeksversePunisher #1

Punisher #1
Published on Thursday, August 4, 2011 by


Written by: Greg Rucka
Art by: Marco Checchetto
Colors: Matt Hollingworth
Letters: VC's Joe Caramagna
Cover Art: A- Bryan Hitch, Paul Neary & Paul Mounts; B- Sal Buscema w/ Frank D'Armata; C- Neal Adams w/ Justin Ponsor
Assistant Editor: Rachel Pinnelas
Editor: Stephen Wacker

The Punisher is one of those characters that I think works best as a series of limited series. He’s just not a character that is made for an ongoing series. He’s had alot of them through the years but they’ve never been able to hold my interest as they become pretty much a repeat of the same story over and over. There’s only so much that can be done with the Punisher. As a writer I’d see this as a challenge, but for the most part no writer has really ever taken the challenge to it’s fullest.

I’m a HUGE Greg Rucka fan. If someone could really take the Punisher and make something good out of it, I figured it would be Rucka.

I’m kind of lost at what to make of this first issue. Like Daredevil, it doesn’t seem to build off of the previous appearances. Thankfully Frankencastle is being forgotten about. But the “In The Blood” mini-series was pretty good and it’s hard to tell if Rucka is building off of what Remender set up in that series.

It’s hard to tell because the Punisher only appears for a couple of pages and never says a word. He only appears in a fight scene, where he takes out a bunch of gangsters. The majority of the issue, and it doesn’t feel like a full 22 page story, is taken up by two police officers investigating the homicides that open up the issue. The gangsters crash a wedding and there’s a gunfight with 27 dead. One of the officers is an informant for the Punisher.

Here’s where it breaks down. The Police have no clear information on who the perps were, but once the Punisher gets the file from Detective Bolt, he’s somehow able to figure out who and where the gangsters are.

It’s hard to get a handle on this book as the Punisher isn’t there for most of it. It makes it hard to judge it as a first issue. If this is the style that Rucka is going for, concentrating on the Police with the Punisher only appearing to mop-up and do the dirty deeds at the end, then it’s something that I can probably get on board with. But the first issue doesn’t let us know if thats the angle this series will have, or if it’ll become a standard Punisher book.

In that regards it feels as a first issue. But there is a saving grace that does make me want to come back for the second issue, to see what else happens. The last page is very interesting, with the Punisher leaving the lead gangster alive. Why? That page alone is what makes me want to grab the second issue.

Checchetto’s art is perfect for a Punisher series. In some ways it reminds me of Alex Maleev, but only with tighter lines. The opening sequance is somewhat hard to follow. It’s not a jumble of images, there is a flow to it, but it’s hard to follow that floor. In some ways it seems that there’s some panels missing.

The Punisher #1 receives
3 out of 5

Because of the way it’s set up, it’s hard to tell what this new series will be like.

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