Comic Reviews: War of the Realms: Punisher and Daredevil!


downloadWar of the Realms: Punisher #1 (of 3)

Ever since the Punisher MAX run, it’s been hard to put Frank Castle in the main Marvel universe. With the exception of Matthew Rosenberg’s current Punisher run, any time that Frank Castle is put into the main Marvel universe it puts the character in a difficult position. But Punisher is a popular character, and isn’t immune to big sweeping line-wide events, so the War of the Realms is coming for Frank Castle, and surprisingly Gerry Duggan and Marcelo Feirrera’s War of the Realms: Punisher tie-in miniseries is a blast to read, and doesn’t try to force the character into an area that he’s not comfortable in.

Picking up after his brief few panels in the first issue of War of the Realms, Frank Castle immediately enters the fray and starts picking off Dark Elves. Is this outside of his realm of specialty? A little bit, but innocent people are getting hurt and killed, and Frank doesn’t see any other people coming to the rescue, so it’s up to him to take on the Asgardian threat, and help the patients of a local hospital get to safety.

Gerry Duggan’s script wisely doesn’t try to bend over backwards explaining Frank’s reasoning for joining this fight. He gets to taking on the advancing hordes of Malekith’s army with blazing efficiency, and while Frank doesn’t talk much, his plan for getting the hospital patients across state lines is really great, and in line with the character.

Duggan really lets artist Marcelo Feirrara go wild with the action sequences in this issue, and that leads to some pretty fantastic panels. Watching the Punisher go wild on a bunch of monsters is just as fun as it sounds, and it allows the character to go even further than usual because of the type of enemy he’s facing. Feirrara’s art is rock solid, and I expect this miniseries to get him more gigs with the publisher.

As far as tie-ins go, War of the Realms: Punisher isn’t necessary at all, but if you ever wanted to see The Punisher take out a bunch of monsters, this is the book for you. It’s a really fun tie-in comic that doesn’t try to be something it’s not, which sometimes is all you need in a comic.


Daredevil #4 (Marvel Comics) download (1)

I’ll admit, when it first announced that Chip Zdarsky would be taking over the Daredevil series, I was skeptical. But so far, Zdarsky has shown some insane potential on the Man Without Fear, teaming with artist Marco Checchetto to create a storyline that has shades of every creative team that’s worked on the series before, but giving it his own spin as well. And in keeping with this week’s theme, The Punisher has arrived.

Following his face off with some of NYPD’s finest, this issue finds Matt Murdock waking up in one of Frank Castle’s hideouts. Like everyone else in New York City, Castle believes that Matt Murdock has finally crossed the line into dealing with crime “permanently”, no matter how much Matt denies it. But Matt Murdock isn’t the only person in Punisher’s lair, and it’ll take a lot of convincing to get the Punisher to release his prey….

I mentioned in the review above that it’s difficult to use the Punisher in the Marvel universe at times. Thankfully, Chip Zdarsky knows that when The Punisher is put up against other vigilantes, the smart thing to do is to have him play the villain role, which happens in this issue. While Zdarsky’s Frank sounds a little harder edged than the Frank Castle that starts in Matthew Rosenberg’s Punisher series, it tonally fits in with the story Zdarsky is looking to tell, which is mainly the classic “how far should heroes go to fight crime”, which is a story I am always a sucker for.

Marco Checchetto has been a part of Daredevil from the first issue, and I have to say, this might be his best work. Mainly known for covers and some Star Wars comics, Checchetto’s style is typically stronger suited for static images like covers, yet it works surprisingly well with this series. You’d think that Checchetto’s clean art style wouldn’t work for a character like Daredevil,but you’ll quickly change your mind once you flip through it.

After a stumble with the Man Without Fear miniseries last year, it’s nice to see The Man Without Fear back in action in such an engaging series. Daredevil has had a long history of fantastic creative teams working on his book, and surprisingly it seems like we may be looking to add Chip Zdarsky and Marco Checchetto to that list pretty soon.

Posted on April 17, 2019, in Comic reviews and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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