Dark Reign: The List: Punisher #1

Writer: Rick Remender Artist: John Romita Jr. Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 28, 2009 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 1
8.5Critic Rating
9.5User Rating

Frank Castle has disabled much of Norman Osborn’s criminal underground, tarnished his well-groomed public image and attempted to assassinate him. Today Osborn returns the favor. With Frank still torn apart from his battle with the Hood, Osborn dedicates himself and every single HAMMER resource to one goal: killing The Punisher. To make sure they don’t fail, The Dark Avengers are going with them. Somebody has to die. Somebody will. Legendary artist John Romita Jr. returns to The Punisher, joined by regular series writer Rick Remender for this, the most ferocious battle of Frank Castle’s life. Plus, a preview of the next exciting cha more

  • 9.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Kirk Warren Oct 31, 2009

    A surprisingly good read. I'm not sure if I'll follow up on Frankencastle or not just yet, but the preview for it looked good and Remender impressed me here. I may just put money towards the trade for the Punisher vs Hood stuff instead of following up on the Franken stuff, but we'll see. However, this is a great, done in one that most should be easily able to pick up and enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Kyle Posluszny Nov 2, 2009

    Go buy Dark Reign: The List – Punisher. Rough start aside, it's truly memorable and one of, if not THE, best List one-shot so far. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Bryan Joel Oct 28, 2009

    I'm prepared to call this the best List entry of them all. It's true to its lead character while using the remit of the event to tell a compelling story which stands on its own, but also works well in bringing its home book to new places. It's a moot point by now to flag up how The List pieces really have no unifying through-line, but honestly, it resulted in this. It was all worth it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - David Wallace Oct 27, 2009

    This issue is that rare thing: a crossover comic that doesn't feel forced or unwieldy, doesn't feel like it compromises its lead character in order to serve the needs of the larger "event", and actually has some major ramifications for the hero's ongoing solo title. In fact, the climax of this story is so integral to the larger story that Remender is telling in the regular Punisher book that I'm surprised that it wasn't included there instead. Still, as the preview pages at the back of this issue show, the next issue of Punisher is going to be picking up at the exact point that this issue leaves off, and I'm sure that anyone who reads this book is going to find it very difficult to resist the opportunity to pick up that issue and see what happens to Frank Castle next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Nov 1, 2009

    While I can't say I am thrilled with the direction the Punisher seems to be taking, it was nice to see a fight actually have a conclusion for a change. What makes this comic work though isn't the storyline or the direction of the character, but the entertainment within this comic. From a strict entertainment standpoint this comic has an excellent fight, terrific artwork and a fascinating setup to reach the ultimately odd conclusion. I enjoyed this comic book very much and I definitely recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 29, 2009

    This story, however, has piqued my interest in Frank Castle. I'm definitely in to see what happens next in "Punisher" #11. These "Dark Reign: the List" books have given me a chance to stretch a little and sample stories and characters I wouldn't normally think twice about. This issue, like the other "List" issues I've read, provides a nice point for new readers to begin enjoying some characters they normally wouldn't. Read Full Review

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