Punisher #4

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Marco Checchetto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 12, 2011 Critic Reviews: 5 User Reviews: 2
9.3Critic Rating
8.2User Rating

MORE PAIN. MORE GAIN. Last month, the Punisher fell. Hard. Now Frank Castle is a man brutally and violently broken and barely grasping onto life. And for Frank Castle… it means he’s more dangerous than ever.

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Robert Tacopina Oct 14, 2011

    Okay, I'm gonna be upfront here: I've never been a big Punisher fan, nor have I understood the appeal of the character. To me, he always seemed sort of generic in comparison to the other characters that Marvel's stable consist of. He has no powers; he's a gun toting psychopath with a one-track mind dialed in on vengeance. I get the whole backstory with his family, yet it just seems far-fetched to me how this man can seriously hold his own in a superhero-centric realm. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Matt Demers Oct 12, 2011

    Like I said above, this is a story that does the "slow burn" right by shifting viewpoints and allowing us to get a refreshing look at Frank without tiring the source material, so to speak. I mean, we've been explained the Punisher's origin a bunch of times by now, but reading it again at the beginning of the issue didn't seem forced. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 12, 2011

    The story that Norah ultimately decides to tell is a nice touch, one that shows the line between not feeling bad for who Frank Castle kills but also not seeing the Punisher as a hero. Once again, Rucka’s masterful storytelling works wonders in recreating a character many had long thought lost to stupid plot twists and writers who confused machismo with drive. The art from Marco Checchetto is still great. He has the Punisher looking a little younger than I’d like but I can overlook that. The story is brought to life in a very cinematic way. During the Punisher scenes, the art is done with a muted blue overtone, very dark, while the other scenes have vibrancy to them, more color involved. Everything here remains within the noir ideal; but Checchetto’s art is pushed further by Matt Hollingsworth’s color work. Four issues into this reinvention and Greg Rucka and his team have done more to breathe new life into the Punisher than any one has in decades. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Erik Norris Oct 12, 2011

    Like I said before, this issue of The Punisher is probably the best to date. And that's saying a lot. In 20 pages, Rucka and Checchetto have managed to establish and/or grow three of the main cast members of this series. That's no small feat, and it deserves some praise. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    A Comic Book Blog - Victor Kutsenok Oct 13, 2011

    Once again, I was not completely happy with this issue. While the story was pretty nice, it really didn't have anything behind it. Read Full Review

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