MarvelBlog REVIEW: Punisher #1
There are few comic book writers with the resume as robust, creative, and genre-defining as the fantastic Jason Aaron, and few comic book heroes as controversial as Frank Castle; we review what happens when these two collide in Punisher #1.
It is not hyperbole to speak of the name of Jason Aaron with an air of respect and acknowledgment reserved for some of the most successful and renowned writers in the history of the medium.
Revolutionizing The Mighty Thor in a run that crafted a lot of the characters that will appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe highly-anticipated Thor: Love and Thunder; with phenomenal creations like Jane Foster’s Mighty Thor and the villainous Gorr the God Butcher defining that run.
Aaron is now confronted with doing the same to a character that has slowly become one of the Marvel Universe’s most controversial creations in the form of Frank Castles Punisher; and one issue in, there is no question that Aaron is accomplishing that feat.
One thing that is quickly established in Punisher #1 is its commitment to the gruesome nature of the character; which feels like a tremendously important step in establishing just who this character is to a new generation.
Aaron, Jesus Saiz, and Paul Azaceta don’t shy away from the aspects of the character that have made him controversial, they instead lean into those qualities that so define the monstrous nature of the Punisher entity.
The reimagining of how that very nature is channeled is where this series starts to feel like its own, and so very different from the Castle that has existed in various Marvel comics since its inception.
Introducing The Hand in the context of Castle, and finding a new way to embrace the Beast that has been present, and do so without pulling punches of the gruesome visuals arent just fantastic additions to the Punisher mythos, they feel as though this new series is destined to be the characters Seminole work.