Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Guiu Vilanova
Cover: Clayton Crain
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Colorist: Lee Loughridge
Branded as a terrorist by Nick Fury and multiple heroes, the war for survival has commenced. After being hit with a tracker, Captain Marvel and a lot of help are coming for Frank. He’s survived being outmanned and outgunned before but what about now?
The issue starts with Captain Marvel confronting Frank with a ton of other heroes who are ready to bring him in. A small scrap ensues with Frank stalemating the bunch of them. Having to think quick on his feet, he stages a distraction and escapes. The next few pages show us the gang of heroes running around trying to capture Frank but it ALSO shows his wits and determination keeping him a step ahead of them. Frank finds Fury and engages in a powerful conversation resulting in Castle leaving him on the roof of their location. The Punisher heads off to question some new people about his next target. It seems the Punisher has some unfinished business.
This is seriously my favorite issue of this next arc. It shows everything I love about the character. It shows his resolve, his determination, and his cunning. Also a very gory issue too when the Punisher guns down various targets throughout the book. The rooftop conversation with Nick Fury was by far highlight of the book though. They seem to get into these dialogues quite a bit with Fury attempting to talk some type of sense into Frank. After all this time he should know it’s not going to work. Frank’s moment during Secret Empire was noted as well and that was in my opinion a LOW point for the character I wish to never go through again. Frank wishes to make amends for that ridiculous decision and I hope he does…if Carol (Who I will forever hate lol) gets to him first.