Punisher #2

Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist: Mitch Gerads Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: February 19, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 22 User Reviews: 6
7.4Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

For years, The Punisher has waged a war on crime in New York City with an array of very large guns, but a lead on a major source of drugs, weapons, and more has set his many sights due west. NOW! Frank Castle's in the City of Angels, looking to give the devil his due. Things aren't all they appear, though, with a highly trained military hit squad hot on Frank's tail. Caught between a posse of Punisher predators and targets of his own one-man-war, Frank's manifest destiny may be a shallow grave!

  • 10
    Comics Refueled - jsarrow Feb 21, 2014

    As we stated above, this issue was absolutely phenomenal with not bumps or cracks in the road all the way through. The ending of the book forces you to raise one eyebrow, or maybe even two, at the outcome and just leaves you sitting there wishing there was more and wondering what will happen next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Feb 20, 2014

    From the desert scene from Lethal Weapon to a scene from Heat to the jaw dropping ending, this is one bad ass issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Nerds Unchained - Nate Tieman Feb 21, 2014

    I feel like I'm asking a bit much from The Punisher. I've enjoyed the last two issues so thoroughly that I find myself wishing there was more to them, which I think really means I just can't wait until the next issue. Of course Edmondson is going to flesh out his characters. It's just that I don't want to wait for that to happen. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Punisher Central - Ivo Santos Feb 19, 2014

    Nathan and Mitch are the perfect match for this book, Nathan for the good plot he is building and Mitch for giving life to the words of Nathan. I hope they continue to deliver this quality to all the fans. I couldn't give less than this kind of rating, these guys are really good. I'm being impressed every issue! Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hyper Geeky - mcknight57 Feb 22, 2014

    Leave that to the professionals, and stay close to your local comic shop so you can follow more of Frank Castle's war on crime. Trust me, you'll want to stay current. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Feb 20, 2014

    Ultimately, this is another example of Nathan Edmondson using the second issue of a series to take what worked in the first issue and improving on the rest. With the help of Mitch Gerads' art, they have created a very different kind of Punisher book than we're used to, but it works because of how familiar it is at the same time. It's action-packed and bright and vibrant and just a lot of fun and it's exactly what the book needed to be to step out of the long shadow of the Punisher runs that came before it. This issue will hopefully put to rest any comparisons to Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto's time on the book as it's clear they are very different animals. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    GoCollect - @Comic_Star Feb 27, 2014

    Action-Packed, fast, paced, heroic story. For a second issue it keeps you wanting more. Try issues 1 and 2 for an awesome experience, you won't regret it. Even if you are a skeptic, as I was, this issue will stop any doubts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Mar 5, 2014

    Punisher continues to amaze me and with the villain who appeared during the cliffhanger I for one will definitely be rushing to get the next issue. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Joey Caswell Feb 19, 2014

    While personally not typically a big follower of the Marvel universe, the Punisher series has been a lot of fun and is off to an amazing start. This character allows writers to tell a much more no-holds barred story, and this aspect of Frank Castle has been put to good use so far. The grounded story feels like a classic action movie with characters that actually feel like real people, and the artwork is simply incredible. Get on board with this series now while its still early! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Feb 19, 2014

    It's always a bit scary when a new team comes in to work on The Punisher because he can be an insanely tough character to build a good story around. He's a guy with a bunch of guns, killing criminals, at his core. Either his stories are utterly amazing or his stories are absolutely awful. Luckily, Edmondson and Gerads are crafting something that is already off to a fantastic start. I highly recommend this issue and jumping onto this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Feb 22, 2014

    I was lukewarm about the first issue, but this issue pushes the book into overdrive. We learn more about the overall plot, we see more clearly why being in Los Angeles is different than New York and we get a great cliffhanger. This is definitely a book worth picking up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Punisher Central - Neil Byce Feb 19, 2014

    As far as art goes, the book isnt pretty but it gets the job done and it provides a proper feel for the story and its setting. I like how Frank is drawn but environments and action leaves a lot to be desired. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Comicosity - Roderick Ruth Feb 21, 2014

    Overall, this issue is a solid effort by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads to create a new habitat for the Punisher to unleash himself in. Even though Frank still shoots bad guys in the face, Edmondson and Gerads The Punisher still seems a bit gentrified with his newfound pals and the introduction of a new pet. While I don't necessarily agree with the metaphorical application of Hawkeye and his t-shirtgarment to Frank Castle andthis new series, I'm still curious about the direction Edmondson and Gerads plan on taking us in future issues. While Frank Castle's character is ostensibly a relentless guy with weapons as his superpower, he's still part of the Marvel Universe and a part of comic books, and the last page will remind you of that. The Punisher iscertainly a new perspective that we haven't quite encountered before and it should still earns the attention of Punisher fans and comic book readers alike. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Matt Little Feb 24, 2014

    I don't know if it's other media's portrayal of gang violence in LA or a personal exhaustion with the Punisher in New York, but this take feels new and exciting and appropriate. Sometimes a change to what's outside your window does make a difference. I'm sure anything Frank builds for himself outside of his war will collapse around him spectacularly but until then I look forward to living within these walls while I still can. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Feb 20, 2014

    The characters, the way Frank Castle is written and the art of Mitch Gerads are brought a bit down by the weak cohesion and the pacing of the issue. While it is by no mean a bad issue, it is a tad weaker than the first issue. Enjoyable, but a tad flawed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Feb 19, 2014

    The real reason to check out this book is Mitch Gerads. His art is fantastic and wonderfully gritty. He brightens up Punisher's world with his colors, which match the tone and feel of Edmondson's script. He draws a great California Frank Castle, complete with a Hawkeye t-shirt and lush, wavy hair. The issue looks great, even when the action is a little muddled and confusing. Some of the tech looks a little strange, too, but it's nothing that'll stop you from enjoying the comic. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    Geeked Out Nation - Steven Merced Feb 22, 2014

    Like I stated before I respect those who enjoy this interpretation of the Punisher, I just can't seem to get behind it. After being thrown into the Thunderbolts and now this new series, Frank Castle is starting to make his way quickly down my list of superhero characters. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    We The Nerdy - Richard Dressler Feb 21, 2014

    With solid art and a story that"isn't awful, Edmondson and Gerads team up for a decent Punisher book, but will likely never reach the heights of Rucka or Aaron. And don't even bother getting attached to this book, if the superior Rucka book was cancelled, this book won't see the end of the year with it's $3.99 price point. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Max Level Geek - Jonathan Semoneit Feb 19, 2014

    Aside from Gerads best Aja impersonation, this still feels like a cheap Hawkeye knockoff. The art is actually good, though. The story, however, lacks interest. That and Electro randomly showing up, at this stage, deals a big blow to the series. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Feb 20, 2014

    After a strong first issue, Nathan Edmondson gets stuck in place with his sophomore issue of Punisher. For the most part, this issue is half-mystery, half-explanation of Frank Castle's new status quo on the West Coast, but it never gets deep enough into both for it to matter Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 22, 2014

    I don't think I'll be reading this Punisher series much longer. It's a competently made comic, and I imagine Frank Castle is being written rather well, but it's just not doing anything for me. We don't have any reason to care (yet) about Punisher tracking a drug cartel to Los Angeles. All of the marketing seems to make it a big deal that Punisher left New York, but the comic hasn't gotten the memo. He's just in town chasing a pretty boring drug cartel (who randomly hire Electro). Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Booked - Cal Cleary Feb 21, 2014

    Which is not to say that it could never be done! Five years ago, I'd bet dollars to donuts most of us thought a lighter Daredevil book would never work; ten years ago, I suspect few of us thought a noir epic Captain America was possible. Is that what Edmondson's attempting here? If so, I haven't yet been convinced that the Friendly Neighborhood Punisher is quite as coherent or grounded as Waid's Daredevil or Brubaker's Captain America were in both a coherent worldview and the character's own history. Edmondson's take on The Punisher doesn't have that, yet. Outside of some excellent work from Mitch Gerads and a major brand name on the cover, it doesn't have much of anything yet. Read Full Review

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