Punisher: Trial of the Punisher #1

Punisher: Trial of the Punisher #1

Writer: Marc Guggenheim Artist: Leinil Francis Yu Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 25, 2013 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 15 User Reviews: 5
7.6Critic Rating
7.9User Rating

• The unthinkable happens when the Punisher surrenders himself to police!
• The trial of the century begins as Frank Castle admits to murdering a district attorney!
• Is this the end of the Punisher's war on crime?

  • 9.0
    Stash My Comics - Leo Johnson Sep 26, 2013

    This is honestly one of the more immediately interesting Punisher stories that I've read in quite a while. It leaves a big question about what Frank is trying to achieve, but the reader knows that he's Frank Castle, so he's pretty much always in control of what's going on. The implications of having him actually being put on trial for all the things he's done is something that could have repercussions in further stories. Yu's art brings it all together in a nice looking package. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Imagination Centre - John McCubbin Oct 6, 2013

    This was a fantastic issue, and just what I'd expect to see if Punisher ever went on trial. The issue managed to be suspenseful as well as exciting, also having a couple of mysterious parts as well. On top of this the art was phenomenal, and although it may not appeal to the Punisher fans that only like seeing Punisher killing people, it will appeal to anyone who loves his characteristics, and I'd highly recommend it to them, and anyone else wanting to try Punisher for the first time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Punisher Central - Neil Byce Sep 26, 2013

    The story moves quick without sacrificing the story and this two-part story is shaping up to arrive at a thrilling conclusion. With this good of a premise, the way the story is being told and the intelligence in how it is being told it is too bad that this story arc couldn't last for several more issues. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - James Hunt Sep 27, 2013

    In fact, at two issues, this almost feels as though it'll be over too soon. This kind of mystery could be strung out into an 8-issue mini, and in some ways it would have benefitted from extra space. On the other hand, as a graphic novella it has a lot of potential to endure. Get in, get out and leave no room for error. In that sense -- and the fact that it has no overt ties to continuity -- it feels like an instant classic. As long as Guggenheim can stick the landing with the resolution, there's no reason it can't become one of the definitive Punisher stories. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicBuzz - Ollie Oct 10, 2013

    Throughout the issue we see Castle through arrest, prison beatdown, questioning, mental examination and court appearance without even touching on what might be his real motivation for handing himself in and I get the feel that it will be a big reveal in the second issue. I am not really a fan of Guggenheims writing but with his years of writing in TV and movies he is more than capable of structuring a well-written story, which he has done with this book. As I have to come to expect from Yu his art is top quality and was worth waiting for. As I said earlier there is no Punisher book being published regularly at the moment but this is a really good stopgap until Marvel pull their finger out and re-launch Frank in Marvel Now!. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    CHUD - Jeb Delia Sep 28, 2013

    The list of outstanding Punisher standalone minis from the past decade or so is awfully long (to say nothing of the regular series work from guys like Ennis, Rucka, and Aaron), and while Guggenheim's script may not delve as deeply as the best of them, this book is a good choice for Punisher enthusiasts, and an abolute must for fans of Lenil Yu. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Benjamin Bailey Sep 25, 2013

    Marc Guggenheim is a guy who knows a thing or two about courtroom dramas, so he's a natural fit for this tale. His Punisher is a more classic version of the character, heavy on internal monologue. There are a few moments where it feels a bit overdone, but the majority issue runs smoothly. Guggenheim definitely has a lock on the character's voice, which makes it bummer that this thing is only two issues long. These guys do a bang up job here, it'd be nice if they did a longer run. We Punisher fans need our fix. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Hugo Robberts Lariviere Sep 30, 2013

    There may be some missteps here and there with the use of certain elements in the art and the story, yet there is no denying that it is an effective and fun Punisher story, showing what made the character work to begin with. It's entertaining and even gripping at times, yet it could have a better balance some of the various elements. Over all, recommended. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Sep 30, 2013

    Then again, we could say the same thing for this one, but the fact that he is really guilty adds a level of depth not previously seen in other Punisher books. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Multiversity Comics - David Henderson Sep 26, 2013

    Overall, this is a very simple Punisher story idea turned into a very good Punisher story, despite limitations. Guggenheim really understands Frank Castle as a character and manages to show him in a light that he's never really been shown before. Yet, thanks to Leinil Yu, Castle feels just as dangerous unarmed and in a courtroom than he does in the streets with an M60. For what it is, this is a very good Punisher story. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 28, 2013

    So while this was a good read as far as the Punisher himself is concerned, the rest of the story around him is just window dressing, and that's disappointing. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Sep 26, 2013

    Still, both Guggenheim and Yu are trying their best at something new for Frank. A tall order. They get close. Close enough to make me wonder what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geeks Unleashed - Chris Romero Sep 27, 2013

    Guggenheim doesn't give us much of a glimpse as to who the villains are in this book, but the mystery shrouding Punisher's plan is interesting enough. Similar to his work on the Indestructible Hulk, Yu's pencils are edgy, creating a dreary effect, perfect for a Punisher story. The Trial of The Punisher is off to a solid start; I'll be sure to pick up issue #2. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Punisher Central - Ivo Santos Sep 26, 2013

    The art is just amazing Leinil Yu is one of my favorite artists, to me he could be the official Punisher artist with Marco Checcheto. I haven't see this kind of art since Checcheto leave the Punisher. Great work for Sunny Gho in the colors too. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Sep 25, 2013

    As much as it pains me to say it, it’s time for Castle to go. Let those who have penned his best stories come together for a year-long story arc that culminates in his death. Let Punisher go gracefully, let him step out while he still has dignity. Read Full Review

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