The Punisher

The Punisher

1, Black and White

Paperback - 2014
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For years, the Punisher has waged a war on crime in New York City with an array of very large guns-- but a lead on a major source of drugs, weapons and more has recently set his many sights due west. Now Frank Castle is in the City of Angels, looking to give the devil his due. Things aren't all they appear, though, with a highly trained military hit squad hot on Frank's tail. And when Frank discovers the Dos Soles gang's newest weapon, it's bad news for him!
Publisher: New York : Marvel, c2014.
ISBN: 9780785154433
0785154434
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gerads, Mitch
Alternative Title: Black and white

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mexicanadiense
May 09, 2015

Let the West Coast Punishment begin!

I thought this was a great Punisher arc, with solid writing and a really appealing visual style.

Frank is the guy who steps in when the crooks are too big time for the cops, but too small time for the "Supers". His methods are ruthless, his attacks are lethal. That's just how he operates, no quarter given nor asked. So when it's time to take down a Mexican drug cartel that's operating out of La-La Land, the bullets, grenades, and yes, bazooka rockets start flying with abandon.

Too small quibbles keep me from giving this a straight-up 5/5, though.

First, the inclusion of a proper super-villain to me detracted a lot from the "street-level" feel of a a lot of the action.

Second, one group of people targeting Frank never really "clicked" for me, their presence seemed to that of random bad-asses without any clear motivation (I'm hoping this is cleared up in vol. 2).

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duane767
Apr 12, 2015

One of the best and 'funnest' Punisher stories I've read. It was rollicking without it having to embrace ultra violence but it's not a book or story for pansies either. Good job!

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Keogh
Mar 12, 2015

Nathan Edmondson shows that he has a good take on street level characters like the Punisher, the one man army who has a particular dislike of crooks and not much in the way of scruples where use of force is concerned. Frank Castle heads on the road to Los Angeles, taking on an ambitious gang, who have allies in high places, while a paramilitary group with a familiar name keep an eye on events as they develop. The art is gritty, which suits the character well, and the newly established supporting cast seems to fit in with the world of the Punisher.

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