Day 49: The Punisher #1 (2000)

COMIC TITLE: The Punisher #1 (2000)
Garth Ennis- Writer
Steve Dillon– Artist
April 1, 2000
Marvel Knights Comics

punisherI wanted to do something a little different and by different I mean go back in time for a couple of days here. Last year, Marvel came back with The Punisher which is a comic that can be a hard sell (well maybe as a film it is) so I wanted to go back to the year 2000 which happens to be some issues that a friend of mine had given me as a gift. So we are checking The Punisher Volume four issue number one. In the issue, Frank has been gone for a very long time and while the more things change the more they stay the same as far as New York is concerned because Frank is back to clean it up again. Frank will do so with the Gnucci family who are in firm control of the drug trade. What is Frank up to in the very first issue and more importantly how many people are going to die right away? To read more about this issue, you can do so by visiting this Marvel Wiki page right here.

thIf you expect a crap ton of action and a crap ton of killing like only the most bad ass Marvel vigilante can, then this is the issue for you because it is exactly as advertised. One of my favorite scenes is in the beginning of the issue with this guy bragging about how The Punisher let him go and told him to change his ways. The character then brags about how much drugs there is for him to take and sell not realizing that The Punisher is still there and then it’s lights out for him. The Punisher has some memorable quotes in the issue which is due to awesome writing from Ennis who plays this out like a TV series knowing when to stop and keep us wanting more. Then there’s the artwork by Dillon which is really good and keeps you hooked because it’s showing you the action. The panels are super easy to read and follow along to so you shouldn’t have a problem following along with the story. When reading this comic, think of all the great vigilante films like Death Wish and that is what you get with The Punisher. Check out my grades below:


Story/Plot: A

Artwork: A

Character Representation: A+

Entertainment Value: A


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