Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Matt Fraction Rocks!!! Punisher War Journal a Hit (For Now) SPOILERS!!!!

I have ever so desperately wanted to like the Punisher in mainstream Marvel, even though mainstream Marvel is not exactly working for me right now. Ask, and you shall receive. Enter Matt Fraction, the guy from Casanova, and The Immortal Iron Fist.

Four issues into the series, Matt has made good on the new book. The first three issues are all Civil War tie-ins. The story is somewhat self-contained, but it would help understanding if you have been reading Civil War.

But the issue I want to talk about is #4. Entitled "Small Wake for a Tall Man", issue four opens up with a crew a C-list villains meeting up at a bar, to mourn Stilt Man, an old 60's Daredevil Villain that was killed by the Punisher during the Civil War. The villains gather and reflect about the "good old days", when no one really got hurt, and any guy with powers or a fancy suit could be an evil-doer. Some of the more notable present are: The Rhino, Shocker, The Prowler, and the Departed, Stilt Man, who lies atop a pool table. The villains drink, alot, and eventually, all hell breaks lose. The Rhino starts running wild and picking fights, the whole thing becomes a disaster. Towards the end of the story, Spider-man shows up and gives the villains a friendly reality check. ( I don't want to give too much away).

This book is great for two reasons. The Punisher's sense of humor in the book is crude and twisted, exactly what you would expect from the guy. Also, Frank Castle is ACTUALLY KILLING MARVEL VILLAINS, not just fat mobsters. This is what the Punisher needed in my opinion, and it is believable that Frank would go after these baddies in masks, because they are everywhere. Fraction has brought new life into the Punisher, which I am shocked to hear myself say, because I do not really care about the Punisher, or Marvel really at this point in time.

If you want to read a cool book, you should pick this up, as long as Fraction is on it. I think you will enjoy it.

The Story: “Small Wake for a Tall Man”
In the ashes of CIVIL WAR comes this modest service for its tallest victim -- the stainless steel sultan of stretch, Stilt Man!
In a sleazy pub, Frank Castle's first super-victim is laid out on the tables, his life and legacy celebrated by a veritable who's who of Marvel villains that come to pay their respects, not just for a fallen friend, but for a lost way of life. Raise a glass, friends, and join us in this year's MUST SEE funeral! Even Spider-Man’s gonna be there!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

1 comment:

jgd3 said...

All I know is that Casanova rocks!