Punisher #1

Writer: Matthew Rosenberg Artist: Szymon Kudranski Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: August 22, 2018 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 34
7.5Critic Rating
8.1User Rating

Punisher no longer has the War Machine armor, but he retained his newly acquired taste for big game, and he's hungry for more. However, the paths to such perilous pursuits are fraught with dangers bigger than any Frank has faced before, and this lone wolf could use otherworldly help on his way up to the world stage. MATTHEW ROSENBERG continues pushing the boundaries of the Punisher, and now joined by acclaimed artist RICCARDO BURCHIELLI (DMZ, Northlanders), this is the book Punisher fans will be talking about for years to come!
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  • 9.5
    AIPT - Connor Christiansen Aug 22, 2018

    Rosenberg and Kudranski kick off a new volume of The Punisher that blends a familiar tone with a fresh narrative direction to create a stellar start. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    We The Nerdy - Kyle Simcox Aug 23, 2018

    While it's heartbreaking to see his time with the Warmachine armor come to an end, The Punisher #1 still manages to show that there isn't anything wrong with the classics. Although it might be feel a bit disjointed at times, you'll learn Frank Castle is a man at the top of his game those dastardly villains better beware because hes done hunting your average everyday gangster. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBook.com - Jenna Anderson Aug 22, 2018

    It's anyone's guess as to how this all will resolve for Frank, or what kind of man he will be when his chickens come to roost. But there's enough within this new-ish iteration of The Punisher to make fans eager to follow along for the ride. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Brett Aug 22, 2018

    The Punisher is on a mission again and this time it's hunting for bigger game. It's a great take on the character mixing the old with the new and bringing back the character into what feels like a force of nature that's pure destruction and chaos and something criminals and villains need to fear. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Kabooooom - Matt Morrison Aug 22, 2018

    Those who like their Frank Castle to be a silent sentinel and a creature of nightmare will love this new Punisher series. Rosenberg is able to spin his story through the other characters in this issue, leaving Kudranski to handle developing Frank Castle's personality through the artwork. All of this builds to a fantastic cliff-hanger that promises big changes for the Marvel Universe as a whole and a strong future for this series. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S. Lodi Aug 27, 2018

    Quickly establishing its new mission statement and voice, Rosenger, Kudranski, and Fabela make this one of the best "Punisher" issues in recent history. Read Full Review

  • 7.8
    Comic Watch - Matthew David Clarke Aug 29, 2018

    Literally explosive art. Classic, ultra-violent Punisher, does exactly what it says on the tin and nothing else. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Aug 22, 2018

    The Punisher #1 isnt exactly the stripped-down Frank Castle story I think many were expecting after the War Machine story, but it is Frank going back to his old-methods of urban guerrilla warfare with the occasional frigging tank mixed in for good measure. Its not exactly smart or profound, but it is a fun read with great artwork and worth a recommendation. Check this one out. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Brandon J. Griffin Aug 23, 2018

    The final scene and page set up this series to be the best kind of Punisher story"a war story. With all the players set and the starting line gun having been fired, The Punisher promises to be a highly-entertaining bloodbath. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    411Mania - RobF Aug 30, 2018

    While Frank has gone back to his roots the consequences have rose higher than anyone could have imagined. His actions have put him in the crosshairs with heroes and villainsalike. How he navigates these choppy waters should make for a good read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Aug 23, 2018

    The Punisher#1 is a good start to a story with a lot of potential for fun, huge explosive action. Check it out at your local comic book shop or digitally now! Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    On Comics Ground - Dwight Thomas Jr Aug 29, 2018

    Good things seem to be coming from this one. This initial issue definitely got the Punisher back in his element quickly after the time off from last issue. The violence, blood/gore, and stuff getting broken are all hallmarks of a good Punisher story I'm just as excited for this arc as I was for the previous one. It seems the Punisher character is in good hands and I hope this arc continues the magic from the one before it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    The Beat - Joe Grunenwald Aug 22, 2018

    This is an action-heavy comic, but the visuals are so ill-defined that it's easy to lose track of what's supposed to be happening. A truck explodes at one point and I have no idea why. Things happen and there's no continuity between panels. It's very strange. Read Full Review

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