Saturday, February 12, 2011
Flashback Friday (A Tad Late)--Punisher War Journal Volume #5
I said this would come out late yesterday, but instead it will be early today. Sorry!
Before the Punisher re-launch that came out of Dark Reign and led to the new mini-series "In the Blood" there was the Punisher War Journal series that started out as being written by Matt Fraction but then was joined by Rick Remender (who has been the writer for the new Punisher series and mini-series). While the newer series was great whether it was Frank fighting The Hood or turning into Frankencastle, War Journal was a bit more hit-or-miss. Sadly, after the solid preceding Volume 4, this final volume would count as a "miss". Why? Let's discuss....
Punisher War Journal started out of Marvel's Civil War, then brought in a New Hatemonger, had some business with World War Hulk, Kraven's son, and just when it seemed subpar, knocked one story out of the park with a great arc about Jigsaw and how he hates Frank, but also deep down wishes he were and him and even loves in a twisted way. That ended with Frank going to prison, but it doesn't last long because at the start of the two issues that deal with Secret Invasion (#24 and #25) Frank breaks out and starts doing what he is great at--killing things. There is some interesting looks into Frank's mind, such as how he is actually happy in a way for the alien invasion because it results in a land where he has almost nothing but targets, but sadly the story gets bogged down in how his former assistant Stuart Clarke wants Frank dead for killing his girlfriend back in second story arc with the all-new Hatemonger.
Overall this was a weak way to end the series and while it isn't terrible, things are overall mediocre--and just barely thanks to the clever annual.
2.5 out of 5 stars.
Punisher War Journal - Volume 5: Secret Invasion (Punisher (Marvel Quality Paper)) if you still want it.