The Punisher #1
Writer: Matt Rosenberg
Artist: Szymon Kudranski
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Colorist: Antonio Fabela
No longer using the War Machine armor, the Punisher finds himself on the hunt again. Slowly but surely, he is tracking his targets and continuing his quest for redemption. He’ll stop at nothing to destroy the remnants of HYDRA using what’s got him this far over the years: his smarts, his training, and a hell of a lot of guns…
We start with HYDRA taking over a vessel and Baron Zemo still alive and well from the previous arc negotiating on the release of hostages. Elsewhere, the Punisher starts his newest attack against HYDRA forces. Determined as ever to inflict the most casualties as he can, he hits a transport convoy and then goes right into a base the rest of the soldiers are hiding in. He uses heavy firepower including a tank and of course, a bunch of firepower to bring the hurt. The Punisher seems to steal something valuable and makes his escape.
We then go to Tony Stark having a brief conversation with an old nemesis at a United Nations summit. This individual commences a speech at the event only to be killed by the Punisher. Tony tries to intervene, but before he can, the intended target is dead with the Punisher nowhere in sight. A picture of the him shows up on a Breaking News Broadcast, showing he is still on the run.
His last arc with the War Machine armor started off with a bang, literally. I had high expectations for this first issue and was not disappointed at all. This issue returns Frank to his roots; there’s no armor to back him up anymore. He is humanized again and vulnerable. I enjoyed the War Machine arc, but I prefer him like this. I prefer him being his usual street-level self.