Punisher: War Zone #1
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Punisher: War Zone #1

Writer: Greg Rucka Artist: Marco Checchetto Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 24, 2012 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 19
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The Punisher vs. The Avengers. Welcome to the War Zone.

  • 10
    Comic Book Syndicate - Kristina Oct 26, 2012

    I am seriously looking forward to the rest of the comic book. It's suspenseful and Rucka is really pinning the characters against one another. There is nothing more enjoyable than seeing such strong characters in this plot driven story. The diversity of the characters helps make the comic book more interesting due to their huge personalities. You really can't help but read this entire comic book without a smirk on your face. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Sara 'Babs' Lima Oct 24, 2012

    All in all, this is a fantastic comic. It has everything you need from action packed scenes, great characterizations, rivalries and betrayal. So far, so good. Like I mentioned above, the interaction between the characters in this comic is what really impressed me. Rucka really understands the respective voices of these characters and that's really what made this such a great issue. Not to mention, the fluidity in both the structure of the comic as well as in the art. It's definitely a series I am looking forward to reading and highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good superhero story. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 25, 2012

    Readers of "Punisher" reviews here on CBR know that it's no secret that I enjoyed the living heck out of Rucka and Checchetto's recently-concluded "Punisher" run, but as Nigel Tufnel would say, this issue goes to eleven. Rucka and team craft a story for the ages here, one that will not only redefine Frank Castle, but also forever changes the footprint the Punisher leaves on the Marvel Universe. "Punisher: War Zone" #1 is a sample of everything Rucka brings to the character as well as a sign of his ability to write good stories with any and every character. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Fanboy Ramblings - Fanboy Ramblings Oct 25, 2012

    This is a good read and I recommend checking it out if you get the chance! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Forces Of Geek - Atlee Greene Oct 29, 2012

    Carmine Di Giandomenico's art gives the story a serious tone required to sell the magnitude of what is about to transpire. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    J.DubComics - J.DubComics Oct 28, 2012

    To be honest I was expecting this mini series to just tie up any loose ends from the ongoing which has just finished. I could not have been more wrong. Instead it is carrying the story on, while also acting as an explanation for Frank Castle's situation when Marvel NOW! comes a long. Or thats what I believe anyway. We will have to wait and see. I am definitely picking up the next issue as well as the rest of the series. If you are a fan of the Punisher or Greg Rucka then I suggest you do the same. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Matt Sargeson Oct 28, 2012

    There's been some pretty strong mini-series from Marvel recently " Spider-Men and Daredevil: End of Days spring to mind " and this book certainly carries on that trend. Rucka appears to have a well-judged perspective on how to make his audience believe that The Punisher vs The Avengers is a fight that would last more than 30 seconds. It may be a premise that we've seen a few times before, but Punisher War Zone starts out strong in delivering the definitive take. Read Full Review

  • 8.1
    Entertainment Fuse - Sean Elks Oct 27, 2012

    The first issue of Punisher: War Zone sets up the conflict between Punisher and the Avengers in an intelligent way. There's no wondering why it hasn't really happened before since we have Spider-Man using his relatively new role on the team to bring it about. The Avengers' individual reactions tell the whole story in an understated way about why they've never bothered to do it before. This may not be one of the more high profile Avengers-related stories lately, but it has the potential to be the most interesting. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Marvel Disassembled - Kyle Mc Oct 27, 2012

    One of the reasons I was going to pick this up was in thanks to the crossover event The Omega Effect. Seeing artistMarco Checchetto work was beautiful and despite not having any interest in continuing to read Punisher afterwards I just hoped that he would eventually get work that I was interested in. Whilst for personal reasons he was unable to do it his replacement…'s work is still solid. For the most part it is good but there are some problems that have to mentioned. Generally I don't like when most artists draw Spider-Man, the way they show his movement just looks off to me and there are times where that happens here. Another instance was where the Avengers were present and we saw Thor, I can't put my finger on it but he just doesn't look right. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Barron Network - R.Barron Oct 25, 2012

    I am actually pretty excited about this series which is a pleasant surprise. From the opening panels I was drawn in from the writing to the art. The action is pumped up to level 10 just like I like it, so this is a perfect series for action junkies. The action panels between Spider-man and the Punisher felt right out of Metal Gear Solid when Solid Snake fights bosses (pretty epic)! I loved the fluid style used to depict Spider-man jumping from wall to wall while fighting the Punisher. I literally have not followed a Marvel books since Ultimate Spider-man so I am glad that I found a little corner where I can enjoy Marvel! If you're feeling a bit reserved about this book don't be because it's highly entertaining and worth the price. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Read Comic Books - Cody Mudge Oct 24, 2012

    War Zone does not disappoint. It's a first issue so it's lighter on action that same may expect, but the dialogue and character scenes are so strong that it doesn't matter. I love the way Rucka is able to capture each unique voice of the character, it reminds me of Whedon's Avengers film. That's some pretty high praise, but I think the character work speaks for itself. We are certainly in for an entertaining limited series here. And I think the question on everyone's mind is, Frank doesn't kills cops…but what about Avengers? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Oct 24, 2012

    The premise for this mini series had me hooked the moment I heard about it, having never read Greg Rucka’s regular Punisher run, word of mouth was very positive, so picking this puppy up was a no-brainer. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be picking up The Punisher by Greg Rucka Vol. 1. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Behind The Panels - Richard Gray Oct 26, 2012

    Even though this is another superhero smack-down, coming so soon after another major event, we're in for the long haul. We expect to see some bloodshed, and there will be tears before bedtime. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Multiversity Comics - Vince Ostrowski Oct 26, 2012

    Whether “Punisher: War Zone” is going to reach the heights of pathos and storytelling that his most recent ongoing series did remains to be seen, but if issue #1 confirms anything, it's that Marvel was right to make this a separate miniseries. It's a clean break from what came before. Enjoyable enough for fans of that story, while quickly driving Frank Castle in a new direction for new and old readers alike. And, you know, toward Marvel NOW, too. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    IGN - Joey Esposito Oct 24, 2012

    Punisher: War Zone #1 is still a worthwhile read, particularly for devotees of Rucka's previous Punisher work. Let's hope that the art can kick it up a notch as the series continues on. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Rob McMonigal Oct 25, 2012

    I really like Rucka's characterization of the Punisher, painting him as a desperate man who we truly believe is capable of anything. However, this loses a few points because "taking down Frank" has been done repeatedly over the year"though mixing in the Avengers definitely ups the ante. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Weekly Crisis - Grant McLaughlin Nov 26, 2012

    It's only one issue, but thus far, Punisher: War Zone doesn't feel quite as strong as before. It might simply be the adjustment to the bigger cast combined with the switch in artist, but Frank Castle's world suddenly seems safer and less dangerous. There are certainly exceptions, but I hope they'll be a little more common in upcoming issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Galactica - Girish Kumar Oct 27, 2012

    I just hope that the art becomes better in the next issue. Read Full Review

  • 5.5
    Crave Online - Iann Robinson Oct 24, 2012

    Punisher War Zone #1 is not a great start to Rucka’s swan song, but, like I said, I have faith. Read Full Review

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