Comic Review – The Punisher #1 (Marvel Comics)

Adam reads as many comics as he can afford. Then he reviews one every other week.

This week I picked up The Punisher #1 from Marvel Comics, the start of a new series written by Becky Cloonan and drawn by Steve Dillon, with colours from Frank Martin and letters from Cory Petit. The Punisher has long been one of my favourite Marvel characters (an issue of Garth Ennis’ MAX  series was one of the first single issues I ever bought), and with Cloonan writing and Dillon returning to the character for art duties, and after Castle’s turn on Daredevil Season 2, this was definitely one of my most anticipated books of 2016.

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Cover art by Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire

In the warehouse district of Brooklyn, gangsters Face and Olaf are preparing a shipment of EMC, a new drug that creates incredibly strong soldiers out of normal people. Their boss, Condor, wants the shipment ready to go tomorrow, so it’s all hands on deck. Nearby, the DEA are putting together evidence and finishing the paperwork that means they can finally take down the operation the next morning and close in on Condor. Unfortunately, that paperwork slowed them down just enough for Frank Castle to jump in line and bring his particular brand of justice down to Brooklyn.

I don’t want to go into more detail than that, you’ll have to read the book to find out the motivations and twists yourself. Which you should absolutely do. Cloonan kicks off excellently in this first issue, delivering a Frank Castle that is, as he should be, a force of nature. A boogeyman that turns up and just wrecks shop. And he does it in complete, deathly silence. Characters familiar with his work know better than to underestimate him, and the others scrabble around in a panic as they pointlessly try to take him down. The DEA are almost played for fun here, with all the work they’ve put into the case totally wasted. And the people that The Punisher has pissed off? It should be very interesting to see how they plan on taking Frank down.

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Art by Steve Dillon & Frank Martin

Dillon’s return to drawing The Punisher is fantastic, and as an artist that has rendered some fairly gruesome violence over the years, the ‘Parental Advisory! Not For Kids!’ warning on the cover is well earned. Frank’s take down of the gang is kinetic and brutal, with some genuinely unsettling panels. But perhaps the most grisly is Face’s “trophy wall”. The colours from Martin complement Dillon’s heavy line work, with the explosive action retaining a brighter hue to contrast against the earlier shadowy and washed out scenes with The Punisher lurking before his attack.

Also that cover from Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire is insanely good.

This was a great return for The Punisher, with a tight and intriguing opening issue with great action. As forces rally themselves against Frank Castle that action is only going to intensify, and I can’t wait to see how far the book pushes or where Cloonan takes him. Pick this up at your local comic book shop or digitally.

Score: 8.5 Cinder Blocks out of 10

The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 59 – This Is Where We Went Wrong

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse.

This week we chat Batman Vs Superman’s success despite being very poorly received critically (we’ll be talking about it ourselves next episode), Fear the Walking Dead and Microsoft’s machine learning AI chatbot Tay Tweets AKA the Skynet we apparently deserve, while Gary brings on his own ruination through cat litter tray placement and Adam reminds himself that he doesn’t like Man of Steel, even when he tries desperately to keep an open mind about BvS when he sees it next week

Our main talking point this week was Daredevil Season 2. We get into full spoilers about it, so if you haven’t finished it yet then stop listen after 20 minutes! We chat about what we liked and what we didn’t like, with some great comments from some listeners on what they thought too!

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The Lost Lighthouse: The Weekly Rapture 17 – Loads of Torsos

Welcome back to The Weekly Rapture, brought to you by The Lost Lighthouse. This week we briefly chat about the new not-terrible TMNT trailer, the talk of a new Predator film and what a crap name Ivy Pepper is in the new Gotham show, while Adam undersells how difficult not having working legs is and Gary has to tell a joke off air because it is far too awful.

The main talking point this week was the Liebster Award, a way of discovering new blogs by nominating those with less than 200 followers and asking them questions. Ben from the Malibros Podcast nominated us and asked us the following:

  1. What movie was the biggest disappointment for you, not the worst, the one that let you down?
  2. If you had to, would you rather lose your legs or your hands?
  3. What property would you like to be seen made into a game, be it a board, video or wargame, that hasn’t been done yet?
  4. What’s your choice of condiment to have with your fries/chips if any?
  5. What is your favourite video game that most people won’t have played?
  6. Tell me your “guilty pleasure” movie, the film that you know is terrible but you still love?

We answer these in the podcast, more or less. We will be putting up an article soon with our full answers, and our nominations for our favourite blogs to carry this on!

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