Thursday, October 21, 2021

Andy Richardson:

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Punisher War Journal (2nd Series) + The Darkness/Wolverine


Genre: Super-hero, Action-Adventure

Frank Castle’s war on criminals becomes more difficult every day. The Marvel Universe’s “Civil War”—a result of the divisive Super Heroes Registration Act—has sent many heroes underground, giving the villains an advantage. Worse still, some former criminals have been given the authority to capture other criminals (and former heroes) themselves. Fortunately for the Punisher, while his job may be larger than ever, his perspective hasn’t changed. Criminals are criminals, even if they carry a badge. The world may have gone crazy, but the Punisher is the sanest guy in town. Just ask him.

This title springs out of Civil War with dark humor and the suggestion that when heroes are fighting each other and villains are working for the government, the Punisher’s take-no-prisoners approach just might make the most sense. Matt Fraction’s sharp writing and Ariel Olivetti’s stylish art make for an entertaining ride.


Genre: Super-hero

The sinister power of the Darkness has been handed down from generation to generation, while the X-Man Wolverine is seemingly ageless – just when you think you know how long he’s been around, Marvel writes a new story which suggests he’s even older. Small wonder, then, that a crossover between these two creations would start in one era, and conclude in another. In the 1940s, Roberto Estacado attempts to eliminate Logan. Decades later, his grandson Jackie gets the opportunity to finish the job. Much blood is shed on both sides, but can either of these powerhouses truly be defeated for long?

This fairly traditional story of heroes meeting, fighting, and ultimately settling their differences is written by Frank Tieri, and benefits greatly from lush art by Tyler Kirkham.

Andy Richardson is a freelance writer and editor who has been reading and writing about comics for far longer than he can believe at this point. Andy can be reached via e-mail at Please use “ComicBase” as your subject line.

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