MarvelBlog REVIEW: Punisher #2
The blood-soaked tale of Marvel’s most terrifying hero has continued in an issue that continues establishing what is maybe the most disturbing incarnation of the character in recent years; this is our review of Punisher #2.
Throughout his history in this industry, reimagining and revitalizing characters have become a staple of Jason Aaron; a writer who has, with every title, grown to nearly cult status as one of the brightest and most creative minds that this medium can offer.
Crafting characters like The Mighty Thor and Gorr the God Butcher, Aaron now turns his attention to one of the more problematic heroes that the massive Marvel pantheon can offer; Frank Castle’s Punisher.
Castle has always been the prototypical anti-hero, and has often leaned more toward villain in his actions, bringing forth a very interesting question in regard to the world of superheroes; at one point does the end not truly justify the means?
In Punisher #2, Aaron continues to establish a Frank Castle who has been recruited by The Hand, to be their leader, and to establish a new kind of order under the twisted religious zeal of an entire community of killers; all under the banner of all-out war and death.
It is, to state it frankly, a twisted portrayal of these characters, but it is also incredible fitting; for Frank Castle, his entire Marvel history has seemingly led him to this moment, with The Hand and their millennia’ worth of death and destruction, it makes sense that they are seeking some kind of leader.
Although, what really brings this series to another level is what Paul Azaceta and Jesus Saiz are able to do with the artwork in this series; bringing forth a style that is somewhat based on realism that allows the more violent aspects of the issue to elicit a very visceral reaction from the reader.
The series has picked up from its initial entry, and the future points to what should be an incredibly interesting battle between these very violent characters, and the philosophical questions of how that violence interacts with the morals and methodology of Castle himself.