Punisher War Journal #21

Writer: Matt Fraction Artist: Howard Chaykin Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: July 2, 2008 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 3 User Reviews: 1
6.4Critic Rating
8.5User Rating

JIGSAW PART 4 The Hand and it's cadre of fantastic killers makes its move against the Punisher as every shooter in New York City has their sites trained on Frank Castle. With his only allies in hiding, Frank brings the fight underground. As the entire city watches Frank run, S.H.I.E.L.D., and Bridge's Girls, follow. The creative genius of Jigsaw is in full bloom: how much punishment can one man take? You have no idea.

  • 7.3
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Jul 2, 2008

    On the whole, I think I'd be a little more receptive to this arc if it wasn't so darned ugly. To be fair, Howard Chaykin is pretty talented at depicting movement and action. It's just that his figures are so darned horrendous. I can only hope that Marvel has a satisfactory replacement in mind for Fraction's final arc. As troubled as this series has been I'd really like to see it go out with a bang. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Timothy Callahan Jul 1, 2008

    "Punisher War Journal" is a good Marvel book, every month. And with Chaykin on board as the artist, it's now reaching its peak -- aesthetically and dramatically. I can't imagine anyone deciding to start buying this comic now, during part four of a six part arc, but if you've skipped this series before and find yourself liking the work Matt Fraction has done elsewhere, I think you might want to check out some back issues, or pick up a collected edition or two. I think you'll find a lot to like. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Jul 1, 2008

    Anyway, like I said at the top, maybe it's just me. Maybe I'm just done with the MU Punisher as a character. Or maybe I'm just not digging the way the team of Fraction and Remender are gelling. I haven't really noticed any major difference in the voice of the character (although Frank is a bit on the sentimental side this issue) or in the pacing. It's just not working for me. I'm afraid this might be another title that gets sacrificed to keep putting gas in my car and to keep the air conditioner running in my home. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Hislight Jun 26, 2020

    I'd like to apologize to the artist here for what I said in prior reviews because damn he is good. He has found his style and communicated it so beautifully in this issue. Big fan of this artist style and you could learn alot from every panel in this issue. Story was great too this issue finally nailed the pacing and drama of a good tale. The Frank copy cat is very confusing visually but cool non the less. Good issue for sure.

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