The Punisher #220 Review: Hit the Breaks, Catch These Metal Hands

The Punisher #220 Review: Hit the Breaks, Catch These Metal Hands

Posted by January 15, 2018 Comment

Punisher #220
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Writer: Matthew Rosenberg, Artist: Guiu Vilanova, Color Artist: Lee Loughridge, Letters: VC's Cory Petit, Cover by: Clayton Crain, Designer: Anthony Gambino, Editor: Jake Thomas, Associate Editor: Mark Basso, Special Thanks to Mitch Montgomery, Publisher: Marvel Comics, Release Date: Out Now, Price: $3.99

The Punisher discovers that Petrov is putting much of the Chernayan population into concentration camps, and Frank uses the War Machine armor to tear through the camps until Petrov responds.

Eventually, Petrov sends a response worthy of the Punisher.

The Punisher #220 cover by Clayton Crain
The Punisher #220 cover by Clayton Crain

Here, we get to see Frank Castle get creative with the War Machine armor at his disposal, and we also see that Matthew Rosenberg definitely understands the logos and ethos of the Punisher.

Without giving anything away, Frank Castle pulls off some very “Frank Castle” moves in this comic. The Punisher is ready to die at any moment; he just wants that death to count. Does it look like he’s about to be killed? He will kill the nearest evil bastard. Is he being pursued by some of the other evil bastards? Turn around and use the emergency breaks to bash in someone’s head.

That last details are also where he gets really creative with the armor. There is also an instance of Frank using pure G-force to kill one of Petrov’s troops. He also uses it to the full extent that he can. Frank Castle truly goes on a full warpath in this comic — many of Petrov’s men fall to the Punisher in this comic.

Rosenberg definitely understands how over-the-top this comic needs to be for its premise. We are far from the mean streets and abandoned warehouses that the Punisher usually prowls. We are in a vaguely Eastern European nation in a set of power armor; blow a bunch of stuff up, use the flamethrower, and chuck a tank at another tank. It’s not a brilliant comic, but it is a lot of fun and definitely is a Punisher comic.

The Punisher #220 art by Guiu Vilanova and Lee Loughridge
The Punisher #220 art by Guiu Vilanova and Lee Loughridge

Guiu Vilanova’s artwork continues to be gritty, and he displays the damage Frank deals out with the War Machine armor in its full glory. He also handles the gore with some creativity. Lee Loughridge’s color art is dim and grimy enough to match the setting and plot. This definitely looks like a Punisher comic should.

Also, Frank Castle looks even more like Jon Bernthal in this issue.

Punisher #220 is another really fun entry in the saga of Frank Castle, and it makes full use of the War Machine in both potential and creative usage. The art team fires on all cylinders, too, and this comic comes recommended. Pick it up.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.

(Last Updated January 15, 2018 11:52 am )

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