Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
Artist: Szymon Kudranski
Cover: Greg Smallwood
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Colorist: Antonio Fabela
Frank was very recently transferred into Zemo’s custody from none other than Nick Fury. His situation goes from bad to worse as Zemo is taking out all of his frustration on the Punisher with ongoing torture. Behind enemy lines in Bagalia and being framed for more murders Frank is running out of options. Since he doesn’t have friends here and is becoming increasingly unpopular among the HYDRA members AND The inmates it might be time for him to make some new ones…
Early on we see a man get gunned down by the Punisher. But it can’t be him as Frank is currently in Zemo’s custody. It’s none other than his arch nemesis Jigsaw who shoots the man. After that he issues a warning about anyone coming into Bagalia which is controlled by HYDRA saying they will all die. Frank is now being framed for that murder along with the murdered cops from an earlier issue where Frank was locked up. Baron Zemo is attending to his legal affairs before dropping in on Frank. Frank has been held in confinement, beaten, and was forced to watch videos depicting animal torture to break his mind. Being that Frank is strong willed he was able to resist this torture. Zemo decides to torture him some more with a knife cutting his famous skull symbol into Frank’s chest. Sometime passes and Frank is in general population and as predicted not getting along with the guards or other prisoners. He gets into a scuffle and is put away again in what appears to be some type of solitary confinement. Counting the days in confinement Franks hair grows up and he grows a beard too. He appears to be jumped at the end but as he is fighting the men off they declare they are not here to fight him they want to test him and see if he is ready to meet their leader. It looks as if he passed the test and might have found the friends he may need to survive…for now…
This issue was definitely as enjoyable as the others as the others. Things slowed down a bit as Franks fast paced has now caught up to him. Solid issue here Zemo (As of now) getting the best of him. I’ve always liked Zemo better than the Red Skull as a character so I’m happy it’s him Frank is matching with instead. The art style is great for this run also. No real complaints with this issue.