The Punisher #2 Review

Writer: Becky Cloonan / Artist: Steve Dillon / Marvel Comics

“Villains screw they face up at me, on some real shit son, they don’t want beef.” That’s the opening theme to The Punisher – the first 4 bars of In My Hood and then the lyrics fall off and the beat rides out to these panels. Frank Castle is on the hunt for Condor, a drug cartel slangin’ EMC, a drug that fell two characters short from the theory of relativity that makes gangstas relatively invincible to anyone else’s ass. Anyone else except Frank Fucking Castle.

The Punisher is a race to the villain with Frank hunting Condor at the same time as the police, both trying to get to them first to execute their form of justice. The police obviously want to prosecute while Frank wants to, well… you already know. This shit ain’t for kids. Frank droppin’ bodies like this is Streets of Rage and everybody’s name is Goon #2.

"Villains might buck at me so I keep something around to buck back”
“Villains might buck at me so I keep something around to buck back”

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Dillon continues to have great panel layouts and scenes that capture the mood, whether grim cop talk in the police precinct or frenetic gunfights. There are often tight scenes during the action that capture the narrow field of range of those in the fights, unknowing of what’s far enough to be off panel but near enough to hurt you. There’s always the looming threat of a bullet flying into a panel and killing someone out of nowhere, and it’s happened more than once.

The strength of this book is its fast-paced writing that weaves exposition with the ever-present violence you’d expect from the Punisher. It’s practically one-third build up to violence, one-third violence, and followed by one-third foreshadowing for the violence to come. This book is no nonsense, gun to your head, no cute tricks, perfectly in line with the Punisher himself. As the police get more involved and we dive deeper into the world of Condor, this story will only get more interesting.

9.2 out of 10

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  • Jordan Calhoun is a writer in New York City. His forthcoming debut book "Piccolo Is Black" is a celebration of the common adaptations we made while non-diverse pop culture helped us form identities. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Criminal Justice, B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Japanese, and an M.P.A. in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy. He might solve a mystery, or rewrite history. Find him on Instagram and Twitter @JordanMCalhoun

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