The Punisher #8 Review


Will Punisher defeat Crossbones? Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR KEVIN MAURER (NO EASY DAY) JOINS NATHAN EDMONDSON FOR THE CONCLUSION OF THEIR HARD-HITTING TALE OF JUNGLE WARFARE!

• A wounded Frank Castle and a Special Forces medic hazard dangerous terrain and merciless mercenaries to make their escape
• Crossbones and his crew won’t stop until the Punisher is in their custody.
• It’s a race for survival not to be missed as Frank’s adventure south of the border comes to its blood-soaked end!

PUN2014008-int2-2-8d056The Punisher continues his jungle warfare against Crossbones and Ortiz as El Diablo comes to a conclusion. In all honesty it’s a shame that this was only a two part story as I was really enjoying this military style tale. In a more retrospective way it might actually have been a good thing as stories tend to drag way too often in the world of comics.

Nathan Edmondson is once again joined by No Easy Day co-writer Kevin Maurer to bring this military operation to a close. The change in pace of this two part story has been a real joy as along with the military terminologies and co-ordination it gives a very dramatic and realist feel. The addition of Crossbones also allows the story to feel like part of the Marvel Universe as though the more grounded feel has been amazing it’s also nice to have some sort of connection. Discounting all this what I loved most about this issue was the narration from the Special Forces soldier named Tom as it gave a down to Earth tone to the story.

Carmen Carnero‘s art has really impressed me over these couple of issues with the fabulously detailed style being really impressive. The sleekness of her pencils along with the deep layouts allow for a dramatic flow with the sheer detail enhancing this tenfold. I also found the character positioning and scenery to be very enthralling also with it adding a dynamic and somewhat cinematic vibe to the issue. In addition to this the explosive action also thrilled with the intensity being outstanding.

The Punisher El Diablo comes to a exciting conclusion and though it’s sad that this story only ran two issues it’s best to have less of a good thing than too much of a bad thing. Highly recommended.

OUR RATING
8.5
  • + More military execution.
  • + Edmondson and Maurer bring El Diablo to a stunning conclusion.
  • + Fabulously detailed art from Carmen Carnero.
  • - Wish this story was longer than two issues.

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