Punisher #1

Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Jesus Saiz Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 9, 2022 Cover Price: $5.99 Critic Reviews: 12 User Reviews: 60
7.5Critic Rating
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Born of tragedy. Devoted to war. Unstoppable in his rage. As the Punisher, Frank Castle has become the most accomplished killer the world has ever seen. Now it's time for him to face his true destiny. What shocking secret from Frank's past will convince him to take the reins of the Marvel Universe's most notorious clan of assassins? And once Frank becomes the warlord of the deadly ninjas of the Hand, will it also mean an end for the Punisher? Or a whole new bloody beginning? Join the superstar team of writer Jason Aaron and artists Jes s Saiz and Paul Azaceta for an epic exploration of the dark and violen more

  • 10
    Comic Crusaders - C.V.R. The Bard Mar 8, 2022

    So many questions, and this is only just the first issue. Jason Aaron has provided a head scratcher for Punisher reader's of Earth-1218 over, leaving in a shroud of unknowns as dark as Dave Stewart colors for this carnage Jesus Saiz is responsible for in the new era of the flag bearing Marvel Knight. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Weird Science Marvel Comics - mrgabehernandez Mar 7, 2022

    Punisher #1 is a killer (*ahem*) first issue in this new status quo for Frank Castle. The action sequences are terrific. the violence is gritty, and Aaron makes Punisher an unapologetic killer. Everything about the character is elevated to a new level, and I'm onboard to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Comicbook Dispatch - Dispatchdcu Mar 7, 2022

    PUNISHER #1 by Aaron gives fans some diabolical action, vividly graphic illustrations, and intriguing flare that should exhilarate fans that have been decoupled from the character for quite some time. Aaron provides a spin that's a match made in Hell with a driving force that easily puts the pieces together in a bloody brilliant fashion. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - William Tucker Mar 7, 2022

    Punisher #1 feels like a fresh start. One of the most captivating parts of Frank Castle is the fact that he is unchanging. There is a permanent desire to kill, often within the same location. That crusade remains the same in this series but it is much more globe-trotting and has some incredible twists that change everything. Aaron is one of the most hardcore, intense writers in the business so is a perfect fit, and the art brings the death to life. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    GWW - Justin Vader Mar 7, 2022

    You may be scratching your head a little at the end of this, but it is an itch that will leave you coming back for more, not scare you away. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Christopher Egan Mar 10, 2022

    Final Verdict: 8.0, A strong start to a new chapter in Frank Castle's life and mission with some truly unexpected twists that could make this series soar or come crashing down through its attempts at something new. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Mar 9, 2022

    We may never know how much of the current co-opting of the character by the far right lead to this direction. But, it doesn't quite feel like the Punisher. For a character who has had such an unwavering, black and white, view on crime, his current role makes him feel a bit like a hypocrite and a less interesting character. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Nerdly - Dean Fuller Mar 16, 2022

    Easy on the eye, less easy on the mind. I'll sit on the Bullpen fence for now. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Justin Munday Mar 8, 2022

    Aaron & Co.'s Punisher #1 is a solid and intriguing, if not a bit flawed new chapter in the story of Marvel's flagship killer. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AIPT - Robert Reed Mar 7, 2022

    With far more style than substance, Punisher #1 doesn't provide much beyond the marketed premise. While the reveal at the ending is certainly intriguing, the issue feels like a missed opportunity to hit the ground running. Read Full Review

  • 6.4
    Comic Watch - Matt Meyer Mar 7, 2022

    Will this newest incarnation and re-envisioning of the Punisher be enough to alter the character's trajectory from unlikely and misunderstood right-wing hero by putting him in league with the Hand? It's far too early to know, but at the very least, this little experiment is off to an interesting - if unconvincing - start. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    ComicBook.com - Chase Magnett Mar 9, 2022

    Punisher #1 is a joyless slog that only serves to encourage readers to seek out Saiz and Azaceta's work elsewhere. Read Full Review

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