Sunday, December 30, 2012

PC POST #99: Battle Van

posted by @ivomgs

We were not a Punisher blog if we did not talked about the Punisher's battle van. Probably the newer fans do not know this van or know their true capabilities.

In the following text we will explain in detail how it was equipped.

The first battle van was created by Microchip his sidekick hacker. Many battle vans were constructed by him because sometimes they were destroyed in various missions. So basically the battle van is the same model the constructed that time by Ford. It had a turbocharged V-8 which reaches speeds of 0-100 mph in 9.9 secs and was equipped for riding on all-terrain. It featured a heavy duty suspension which stood up to the vans using ramps to jump over other vehicles at high speeds while being able to make turns and go around corners like a sports car.

Every battle van was heavily armed, outside got plenty of weapons and the armor was impenetrable by small weapons It could smash and destroy other veichles thanks to the built armor. Ouside it feature the minigun, grenade launcher and tear gas.The only thing that could stop the battle van were the anti-tank weaponry or better.

The battlevan included his own computer system with artificial intelligence, the Punisher could give commands and Microchip could hack other computers inside the van. The Battle Vans were equipped with satellite communication, police scanners, and CB radios.

Sonic weapon to control Venom
Doctor Doom robot getting destroyed.

This time painted in red, showing some capabilites like the K.I.T.T.

Some other capabilites.

More sonic waves.

No grenade can blast this vehicle.

I want one of these.

 I felt nostalgic by posting this but a true Punisher fan should know this, there is many pictures of Battle Van but these is what i remember of showing some capabilities probably there are more... i can't recall right now.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

PC POST #98: Thunderbolts #1 Review

by @Neil4LOST

Thunderbolts #1 Review

WRITERS: Daniel Way
ARTIST: Steve Dillon
LETTERS: VC’s Joe Sabino
COVER: Julian Totino Tedesco
EDITOR: Jordan D. White
PUBLISHER: Dan Buckley

Release Date: December 5th, 2012
Published monthly by Marvel Worldwide, INC.

Price – $2.99


In this introductory issue to volume #2 of the Marvel series titled, “Thunderbolts”, Daniel Way creatively crafts a tale where five highly volatile individuals are brought together for a single purpose…to forget the courts, jails and the system and to fight fire with fire. Way does a good job introducing the setting and sets up each character’s recruitment to the team. Even though Way does a good job in this first issue he didn’t seem to explain the “why now” question. Hopefully this will come out later in the first arc.

Rating – “B+”


I am personally not a fan at all of Steve Dillon’s style. His characters often times seem to be a bit too cartoony with not a lot of detail to them. I would say that I could be spoiled after all the great work that had been coming out in Rucka’s Punisher series as well as the mini-series of “Untold Tales of Punisher Max”. Overall, it seemed to me to distract from the decent story that Way was trying to craft in this initial episode. I think a more realistic and gritty art style would suit this kind of team book a lot better.

Rating – “D”


In a nut-shell this first issue was about General Ross (RED HULK) recruiting a new team of Thunderbolts together to bring hard justice to the world. It works better than most team book intros but it‘s curious to try to figure out why General Ross is doing what he is doing. Here’s hoping that this book actually ends up having somewhat of a plot.

Rating – “B“


The book seems entertaining enough. That could be mostly due to the cast that is assembled and with the highly volatile style of the group. I just hope that this doesn’t end up being one of the Marvel Now! Titles that end up stinking so badly that it will be the first to be cancelled.

Rating – “C+”


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

PC POST #97: Punisher: War Zone #2

Punisher: War Zone #2

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

Release Date: December 5th, 2012
Published monthly by Marvel Worldwide, INC.

Price – $3.99


Rucka’s second entry in his attempt to tie up the loose ends of his amazing Punisher run seems to fall flat. After a compelling intro issue to this mini-series, Rucka fails to tell a story that keeps readers engaged. The story of Black Widow going around the world tracking Frank Castle is wearisome and doesn’t quite fit the universe of Punisher that I have grown to love throughout Rucka’s run. Instead, this issue felt like a completely different Punisher comic altogether…one that was not written by Rucka but some other Marvel contributor. Not only does the story not flow well but the dialogue between Frank and Natasha Romanov isn’t very good either.

Rating – “D+”


The only solid piece of artwork in this book comes from Marco Checchetto. The two places where his work is referenced is on the front cover and the intro on page 1. These two examples of work just make the rest of the book feel so bland and useless. Not only was I struggling to get through the story in this issue but the artwork even made the story worse.

Rating – “C”


There isn’t a lot to spoil in this issue of War Zone. Basically Frank has left the country and is on the run from the Avengers. For whatever reason, which isn’t explained at all, the Avengers don’t all come after Punisher at the same time. Instead they send Black Widow on a wild goose chase around the globe to track Frank down. Eventually she does so in Africa of all places and Frank gets away. That is about it…seriously. We get a hint at the next issue where Captain America asks Thor to be the next Avenger to go after Castle.

Rating – “C“


I think this was the first Punisher comic written by Greg Rucka where I was actually not entertained. It was really surprising to close the back page of the issue and think, “Wow, Marvel really has no idea how to use this character anymore”. It made me think that maybe Marvel is trying to get rid of the Punisher or something.

Rating – “D”


Thursday, December 13, 2012

PC POST #96: The Punisher role in the Thunderbolts!

posted by ivomgs

Here are some hints gave by Daniel Way exclusively to CBR about the Punisher role in the Thunderbolts... Some of us are still cautious about the presence of Frank in this team but Way's tried to clear some stuff to all Punisher fans and for all characters included in this team... I will post some statements of what i think is important for all of us.

"The Punisher is the one guy on the team with no super human or super natural abilities, but if you look at the cover to the first issue there's some changes to his uniform. There's a reason for that and it addresses the fact that he's going to be going toe to toe with some really heavy hitters," Way explained. "He's much like Ross except at a certain point in their careers Frank turned one way and Ross turned the other. Yet Frank remains human and Ross is no longer human. So there are other tactical reasons why the Punisher is there, but the core reason why Ross reaches out to Frank and why the Punisher plays a big role in the first issue is really because of that. He's got a lot more in common with Frank than any of the other people on the team."

 It seems to me that Frank will have a big role in this team
"When Frank has something to say about what they're doing Ross really listens," Way continued. "Another thing is Frank has absolutely no fear of the Red Hulk. I'm not saying the other characters are afraid of him, but sometimes that apprehension comes out in aggression. Frank doesn't get mad at you. He'll shoot you dead, but he rarely gets pissed off. When he clocks in and goes to work it's just business."

"Every member of the team has a sworn mission. They will be working in tandem to accomplish these things. The Punisher wants to destroy organized crime, and Elektra has had a twin agenda emerge through her continuity. For one she's very anti-terrorist. There's also the Hand, which are also terrorists in the Patriot Act era," Way said. "Plus, look at things from the Punisher's point of view. What is the Hand if not a mob in ninja masks? They're running all the same rackets and they use all the same tactics. Look at it from Venom's point of view. The Mob and the Hand both have enemy soldiers. When he signed on to become Venom his mission became taking guys like this off the board."

For what i think about this interview is that the characters will stay "rooted" to their personal objectives which is a good thing, besides the differences they have from each other, being in a team will not serve as an excuse for them to forget their objectives. I think it's good for the comic to treat every character with proper respect.

Full interview check this link 

Issue #2 is out on 19th of December

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

PC POST #95: Punisher Solicitations for January 2013

After a good month in December we got a in my opinion a better January with a new limited series PUNISHER: Nightmare by Scott Gimple currently working on AMC series "The Walking Dead" it will be a FIVE PART, FIVE WEEK PUNISHER EVENT!


 W: Daniel Way / A: Steve Dillon
• The Thunderbolts are tearing their way through a bloody mission!
• But will even this crew approve of the team's NEWEST MEMBER?
• Yeah, that's right—the RED LEADER.

W: Scott Gimple / A: Mark Texeira

• A Special Forces soldier is injured and his family killed in the midst of a mob execution in Central Park, but this isn't Frank Castle. This time it's a young soldier named JAKE NIMAN, but the familiar story puts Frank on the path of punishment!
• As Jake Niman heals from his wounds, why is he growing strangely stronger?
• And who is the mysterious Johnny Nightmare?
• Bullets fly, anarchy reigns, allies become enemies, the Punisher becomes the punished, and no one is safe!!!


W: Greg Rucka / A: Carmine Di Giandomenico

• The Punisher vs. Thor.

 That's all folks, we've got a big Punisher month i wish this could be every month!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

PC POST #94: Punisher Vs... Episode 1: Spider-Man

Hello guys i'm here to present you one good tribute to our favorite character. It will have some epic battles through the Punisher history. This is the first episode..

I hope you enjoy the video and leave some feedback. Thanks cat7975 keep up the good work.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

PC POST #93: Thunderbolts #1 & Punisher War Zone #2 - preview

posted by @ivomgs

Here goes some preview of the upcoming Thunderbolts #1 that will feature Punisher, i'm quite curious how this will lead and how the Punisher will fit in this team since he is a lone wolf...

Thunderbolts will be released in 5th December, 2012

Story: Daniel Way / Art: Steve Dillon

Finally Punisher War Zone #2 is coming!! After one month late it will be released in 5th of December at the same time as Thunderbolts #1, let's see Punisher vs Black Widow in this issue, Spy vs Soldier.

Story: Greg Rucka
Art: Di Giandomenico
In stores: 5th of December, 2012

This previews were provided by CBR

Friday, November 23, 2012

PC POST #92: Essential Punisher Vol. 4 - Review

posted by @ivomgs

Before starting my review, I would like to thank for Marvel to continue to launch the collection of Essential Punisher, I hope they continue to release these gems for fans of this character.

 Let's go to the review, here is a book with 586 pages of pure action and with the participation of Mike Baron, Chuck Dixon, DG Chichester and Peter David. The art is one of the most consistent i've ever seen with artists Bill Reinhold, Mark Texeira, Neil Hansen and Todd Smith.

This book contains the stories of the main "Punisher" # 41-59 and annual # 4-5.

Starting with the front cover and back in my opinion is the best combination of the collection, not undoing the previous titles.

Front Cover

Back cover, Sorry about the quality, didn't find any on the net.
Stories like: "Should a Gentleman offer a Tiparillo to a Lady," "St. Paradine's", "The Brattle Gun," "Yo Yo" (yeah, the guy that is an expert of martial arts and has a razor yo-yo ), "Lupe" and "Final Days" are simply fantastic.

As for the annual #4 "Von Stucker Gambit" features HYDRA and a powerful villain named Guillotine and this guy is a creepy one he has blades coming out of his arms! :)

Annual #5 "System Bites" Microchip attempts to acquire information about a company and gets infected by a powerful virus, the Punisher will resolve the matter in his own way.
This book will feature two of the major treats to the Punisher in the 90's : Jigsaw and Saracen.

It's been almost 3 years since Volume 3.

Like any book of the Punisher of the 90's vows non stop action. This was the glorious days of this character that had 3 titles ongoing in that time. The older fans will love this book and the new fans will definetely scream for more of this kind of action. This is the Punisher.

Friday, November 2, 2012

PC POST #91: New Rucka's interview - Punisher: War Zone

Another interview was released by CBR about our recent limited series "War Zone". Rucka's will tip us with some non-spoiler insight of whats coming in the next issues...

CBR News: Greg, after finishing an incredible run on "The Punisher," you're further putting your stamp on him in "Punisher: War Zone," further integrating him back into the Marvel Universe. The first issue makes this feel like something that could have easily been blown up into a much larger Marvel event -- how did you go about containing this concept and introducing it in the first issue with the efficiency and fluidity that you did?

Greg Rucka: It's funny -- when I started on "Punisher" with Marco, Marco and Steve Wacker and I knew this is where we were ultimately heading with Frank. That at some point, for lack of a better phrase, there was going to be a come-to-Jesus moment with Frank in the 616, that there was an inevitable confrontation there. It was sort of the elephant in the room. The problem with Frank in the 616, and one of the reasons why Frank works so well in MAX, is that he does not fit easily into a superhero universe. You have a couple options when you deal with that: you either ignore it and everybody then knows you're ignoring it, or you try to run towards it. That was really where we knew we were going to go with this.
It was logical coming out of the story in the Punisher and out of [issue] #16 that certainly Spider-Man, if not the hero community, would take notice. From there, it's just a question of trying to be as honest and fair to all the characters involved as possible. I don't know if there's a specific trick to integrating it one way or another. I really don't. It was logical that this was the time when finally the push was too much and, if nobody else, certainly Spider-Man was going to stand up and say, "Guys, we've gotta do something about this. If nothing else, he's making us look bad!"

CBR: You had some experience writing Spider-Man's interactions with Frank during "The Omega Effect" with Mark Waid. Did you take that opportunity to plant the seeds for "War Zone?"

G.R: Oh, yeah. More crucially, I don't think I ever really understood how to write Spider-Man until I got to do "Omega Effect." That was in no small part due to working with Waid and working with Wacker on that. Spider-Man had always, up until that point, been a very difficult character for me. I'd always found him very difficult to be sympathetic towards. He's always seemed to do the same sort of notes over and over again. I think in writing him and talking about him in-depth, I kind of got a new take on him and discovered that he's really -- aside from being what I'm late to the party on and what everybody else knows -- he's cool, but he's also a hell of a lot of fun to write! He's a fun character to write. I don't think of myself as a funny guy. I don't think of myself as particularly witty or quippy, and Spider-Man has always required that. It doesn't need to be good humor, but it needs to be humorous. He's always cracking wise. That's an element of the character.
If you read the recap pages -- I know a lot of people gloss over them -- the recap pages in "War Zone" actually are part of the story. There's information in those recap pages that set up future issues and where this thing is going. So, you ignore it at your peril. Matt Murdock is mentioned in there as well. He's being mentioned for a reason. The whole interaction with Spider-Man and Daredevil in "Omega Effect" was part of where I was intending to go with "War Zone." It all factored in.

CBR: The recap pages were also a very helpful part of your run on "Punisher." While "War Zone" isn't predicated on having read your entire "Punisher" run, it certainly seems like readers will get more of the story and references if they had. That said, the issue is amazingly approachable for new readers. How difficult was it to make this issue appealing to new readers while still making sure there was a good solid through line for longtime fans?

G.R: Honestly? I never set out in one form or another to go, "This has to be accessible to new readers." In every issue, I want to make sure there's enough information so that the reader picks it up and at the very least has an idea of what's going on and at best understands why what's happening is important. The benefit of putting the Avengers on anything is you have more people paying attention to it. [Laughs] Simply the nature of what the conflict is in the miniseries lends itself to a really clear setup. Spider-Man ends up having to go to the Avengers and say, "Look, we have to do something about this." The second he does that, then that provides the reader with a great entrée into the story. You're getting from Spider-Man's point of view exactly what the stakes are. The end piece to the first issue with Logan and Frank frames it pretty effectively.
Artist Carmine Di Giandomenico tackles the interiors for "Punisher: War Zone while Marco Checcheto handles cover duties
It's wonderful to hear people are finding it accessible. Maybe it says something about my writing that I wasn't trying to be any more accessible than normal, so maybe I should be working harder at it? [Laughs] I don't know, but I'm glad people found it easy to get into. It's fun and it is a very straightforward story in one sense. Here's the Punisher. He kills people! Here's Spider-Man. He goes to the Avengers and says, "Here's the Punisher! He kills people! We need to do something about this." The wonderful thing about writing anything with the Avengers is you always get different points of view. So many writers and especially just in the last several years have done such a wonderful job of bringing these characters into such clear focus. You look at them and you know what Tony's initial response is going to be. You know what Cap's response is going to be and you think you know what Thor's response is going to be.
I had never written Thor before. I just finished the final pass on that issue, on the Thor issue, and Jason Aaron was kind enough to read it. That was very generous of him. I'm very grateful. It's my first opportunity writing some of these people, so I want to get it right. I want to make sure they sound the way they should. Nothing would be worse than if people were reading "War Zone" and said, "That's not Spider-Man. Spider-Man would never do that."

CBR: One of the most impressive aspects of "Punisher War Zone" #1 was your ability to balance panel time between each of the Avengers and really solidify their attitudes towards Frank. Since you haven't worked with many of these characters in-depth before, what was the challenge not only in finding that balance, but effectively demonstrating their opinions about the Punisher?

G.R: One of the great things is, they play off each other so well. You put Spider-Man in a room with four of them, five of them -- that's the other wonderful thing about Spider-Man that I hadn't realized. Frank, throughout my run, has been stoic. He does not share what he's thinking, he does not talk a lot because he doesn't have people he talks to. He, frankly, doesn't care if they know what he's thinking or not. In that sense, he appears very reactive instead of proactive. He always has a plan.
The thing with Spider-Man is, you throw him at anything and he creates the situation. He hates that silence and he forces the interaction. By putting him in a room where you have Iron Man saying, "Really? Really? This is what we're meeting about?" and you have Natasha going, "Well, okay." I love Black Widow and one of the things I've always liked about her is she's a professional. I like that when Cap turns to her and says, "Well, can you find him?" She just says, "Yeah, I can find him." She doesn't prevaricate, there's no hedging. "It may take a while, but I'll find him." Those interactions and the way the characters interplay -- if you have the benefit of good writers who have come before, and I certainly have, you know what the characters are going to do in almost every instance.

CBR: Critical reaction to the first issue has been very good -- CBR actually gave the book a perfect score -- and our review called out a particularly interesting exchange between Wolverine and Captain America right before the conclusion of the first issue. Moving ahead, how will the Avengers' disagreements on how to handle the Punisher affect their ability to deal with him?

G.R: One of the things that I like about the Avengers is that even though they all have different opinions, they do unify around a cause. What Cap has to say in the first issue is certainly the Avengers thesis moving forward. Steve says, "When we permit this, we are saying it doesn't matter and we're saying we're only interested in those laws that pertain to us. Worse, we make our own laws." He's right. He is, I think, empirically write. If you look at Frank and look at Frank's actions in that context, whether or not you agree with what he does or his motivations, the fact of the matter is he breaks the law. He breaks the law on a pretty dramatic and consistent scale and he does so committing what is, in the hierarchy of superhero sins, a pretty big sin. He kills people and he gets a pass mostly because he's stayed below the radar -- at least, that's my argument.
Tony's line when he shows up is, "What are we saving the Earth from this time?" It's glib, but honest. You call the Avengers when there's a serious freaking crisis. You don't call the Avengers when there's one guy who's been shooting people. That's a waste of their resources, it's a waste of their talent. The way the series progresses over the first three issues is, Natasha attempts to find him and bring him in and then failing that, Thor's interest is piqued. It turns out, what is revealed by issue #4 is what Thor has done with a great amount of calculation. By the time we get to issue #4, the situation comes to a head because Frank's not an idiot. Frank knows that if he gets into a straight-up fight against the Avengers -- even a team of Avengers who are not 100% sure they need to bring him in -- it's still the Avengers! He's going to lose, and he knows that. It doesn't matter if they're all like, "Yay, team! Let's go get Frank!" It doesn't matter if Logan's dragging his feet or not, because when push comes to shove, what is Logan going to do? He's either going to sit it out or if he's in the game, he's going to be in the game. But Logan isn't going to throw the game. It's not like Cap's going to back down, it's certainly not like Iron Man's going to back down simply as an issue of ego, he's not going to let himself be beaten by this guy.
By the time we get to issue #4, the stage is set for a full-on confrontation. That confrontation, while different Avengers may be approaching it with different attitudes about Frank, they are agreed on a fundamental: that what he is trying to do must be stopped. The question then becomes how do you stop the Punisher? How do you stop a guy who really isn't afraid of dying, knows that the people he's up against will not kill him? How do you stop Frank Castle? Then, once you stop him, what do you do with him? He's been caught before.
What happens when you put Frank in Ryker's Island? The criminal population decreases rapidly. Frank gets to Rykers, people get killed. I have a friend, Eric Trautmann -- he's another comic book writer -- and he and I were talking about this. It's like Club Med! It's like sending Frank to Club Med! He doesn't even have to hunt them -- they're here! They just line up. It's great! I do like the fact that [the Avengers] are smart enough to know that from the beginning. "If we do get this guy, what are we going to do with him?" and that goes back to the other issue. What Cap has to say at the beginning of "War Zone" #1 about law and where the Avengers stand in relation to it is actually pretty critical to the resolution of the whole miniseries.
We tried to front load everything. [Laughs] It's all there!

CBR: Marco Checchetto was originally slated to draw the book, but Carmine Di Giandomenico stepped in as penciller for the issue. How do you feel Carmine was able to capture the same street-level feel Marco maintained in your previous Punisher title?

G.R: I think one of the nice things is that Marco made such a beautifully indelible mark, stylistically, across the sixteen issues that he pretty much drew the majority of. He really captured the design of Frank -- the wet paint skull on the body armor feel of it. Carmine can come in and grab those pieces and link back very cleanly, but at the same time -- to Carmine's credit -- it's very distinctively his. I can't draw to save my life, I have no idea how these guys do it. I don't know how one artist can look at what another artist has done and say, "I am paying homage to it quite literally," but at the same time, it's distinctly his. Frank is recognizable as the same Frank that Marco was drawing, but he's not. He's a different Frank. He looks different.
I've been really lucky. I'm able to say that about almost every work I've had in my career. I've been very fortunate with the artists I've been paired with. They've almost to a one been incredibly talented storytellers as well as just artists. That combination has served me well. It's made me look better than I am, let's put it that way.

CBR: In the more immediate future, you've got Punisher versus Black Widow coming up in "Punisher: War Zone" #2. What challenges await Frank in that encounter?

G.R: I will say this: one of the reasons I've been so leery of saying, "It's the Punisher versus the Avengers" is that my take on Frank has never been -- I've tried to articulate this elsewhere and I don't think I've done it very successfully. It goes back to "Omega Effect," because after looking at people like Daredevil and Spider-Man, I think Frank has an incredible respect for them. I think in the '80s iteration of the Punisher, when it was very broadly drawn between "bleeding-heart-liberals-soft-on-crime and the Punisher is the chalky pink medicine that solves crime" -- that kind of stuff -- it gets blurred. One of the things I've always tried to do with this Punisher is it's apolitical. This isn't about how he votes. It's never been about the fact he votes. This is about the fact that his wife and children were murdered in front of him and he's going to be the guy that makes sure that shit doesn't happen anymore.
He recognizes that in doing that, he is sacrificing a great many things. He is sacrificing morality, he is sacrificing recovery, he is sacrificing health -- he is, as he said to Cole in the "Punisher" run, "You're dead. If you do this, you are dead. You do not get those things that the living get any more. You give it up." At the same time, I think he's got to look at somebody like Spider-Man and -- he would never say it to Spider-Man, he would never in a million years say to Spider-Man, "You know, kid, I have an incredible respect for you. You're out there and you're a real hero," but he sure as hell thinks it. He thinks the same thing about Daredevil and he thinks the same thing about almost everybody who goes out there to be heroic, because he has never viewed himself as a hero -- or, I should say never following the death of Maria and the kids.
He looks at them, and I think he acknowledges the need for heroism. He even envies it. I think there's a piece of him that looks at it and says, "I wish I could be that man, but I'm not that man. That is not the path." There's a certain argument you could make that could extend to him saying, "And you guys need me to be the man that I am because it permits you to be the people you are."
So when we say it's the Punisher versus the Avengers, it makes it seem like -- and of course you get nice, sensational art that Marco does with bullet holes in people and so on, but Frank's not going to shoot Spider-Man. He's not going to shoot somebody if there's a chance he's going to kill them. Not these guys. For no other reason, it just doesn't fit in the code. His code is he's punishing the wicked. These people are demonstrably not wicked. He may think Tony Stark is an arrogant prick, but that's not reason enough to shoot him twice in the head. [Laughs]
If somebody came to him and was able to prove to his satisfaction that Tony Stark was actually involved in wide scale, global human trafficking, then it's a different issue. Then, he'll happily put two bullets in his head, but you're not going to do that because that's not who Tony is. That's not who Tony has ever been in the 616.
One of the things that really puts Frank in the doghouse in this series is, sure, Black Widow comes after him. If she finds him, what are his options? He doesn't want to kill her. He actually really doesn't want to be forced into a situation where he has to do that, and you can say the same thing -- Spider-Man comes after him, same problem. Thor comes after him, same problem. Iron Man comes after him, same problem. How does he get away, how is he able to continue doing what he feels he must do? It's a situation that begs a terminal result and it's not a terminal result that he is willing to deliver.
In that sense, I think we're touching on something we ended the "Punisher" run on, which is not every solution to Frank is a solution that requires blood on the ground. It's interesting, it's been a very interesting tightrope. One of the things that's actually made me very nervous is the reaction to "War Zone" #1 has been really, really good and I'm delighted. But I'm really worried people will get to #3 or #4 and go, "Wait a minute! Wait a minute! When's he going to shoot Spider-Man?" He's not -- or he's not going to in the way you think. It's not going to track that way.

CBR: The series as a whole, then, seems like a representation of unsolvable problems on both sides.

G.R: Yeah, and like I said, that goes back to the very fundamental questions that Steve and I were talking about when we began the run. It's the elephant in the room: What do you do with a problem like Frank Castle? That's frankly one of the things that makes the character so brilliant. It's one of the things I said at the beginning of the run -- inherently, what Frank is, is a revenge tale. Well, every revenge tale ends the same way. It ends with death. Frank actually got his revenge ages ago and yet he goes on, he persists. I can't think of a character in Literature -- I mean capital 'L' Literature, from comic books to novels to epic poetry -- where that's the case. It makes him remarkable and it makes him unique and it begs certain questions. You have to ask, how can he do this? How can he sustain it? How has it not been self-destructive, how has it not been self-consuming? These are, for lack of a better phrase, grown-up questions and they may ultimately not matter one whit. [Laughs] But they are the kind of things I find inform me when I'm working on it.

PS: If you haven't buy Punisher: War Zone #1, don't wait this is one of the best runs in years of our character. Support good comics like this one.

by ivomgs

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

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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