Punisher War Journal #17

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Howard Chaykin Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: March 12, 2008 Critic Reviews: 2
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MISFITS PART 2 Stuart Clarke has found himself in the unlikely and unenviable position of becoming The Punisher's weapons-master, sidekick, and partner. He was once known as Rampage when he combated the Los Angeles super team The Champions. He was once a weapons designer for Sunset Bain when he designed the War Machine armor. And he ended up a prisoner on The Raft, the one that escaped during The Breakout. The two constants in his completely insane life have been his absolute brilliance, and his utter hatred of Tony Stark. And now, in his way, he too is a victim of Frank Castle.

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Mar 5, 2008

    The story itself is decent yet unmemorable. Frank's partner in killing, Stuart, becomes the star for a month. I would have expected any story featuring Stuart in such a heavy capacity to touch on the dangling plot thread from issue #10. If you don't know what I'm talking about you probably shouldn't be reading this review anyway. Instead, this is simply a tale of Stuart running afoul of an ex-girlfriend. We learn some interesting tidbits about why he hates Iron Man so much and why he was imprisoned in the Raft, but nothing mind-blowing. Once again, Frank appears for all of two pages. I don't mind him taking a backseat now and again, but the story needs to be of a high enough caliber that I don't feel his absence on every page. The next arc will surely solve that problem, but with Chaykin sticking around I can feel my enthusiasm dwindling all the same. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Mar 4, 2008

    Somehow this time out, two of my favorite artists working in comics today failed to ignite any spark of interest in me. If these done-in-one stories are building toward something, they need to get moving. Read Full Review

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