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Review – The Punisher #224 (Marvel Comics)

“Welcome Home Frank Castle” The Punisher #224

Frank Castle, freshly off overthrowing an evil dictator in another country, decides he can do some good back home with his War Machine armor. The Punisher #224 finds Castle back in his old stomping grounds in New York City. He is punishing supervillains and criminals like never before. All is good before Captain Marvel shows up. It seems that wearing her dead boyfriend’s armor, working for Hydra in Secret Empire, and the whole general killing people thing does not sit well with her. Castle’s style has never sat well with the other Marvel heroes, but with his new upgrade, they are banding together to take him down.

Writing

The Punisher #224 Marvel Comics cover by Clayton Crain
cover by Clayton Crain

I had no plans to review The Punisher #224. It has been one of those series I reviewed a little and was reading. It has been consistently good, and I kind of ran out of things to say about it. Well, I feel like people are sleeping on this series a little bit and The Punisher #224 is a good spot to jump in on this series, so I figured I would give it a little spotlight.

Matthew Rosenberg continues to do a tremendous job on this series. His writing is top-notch. I particularly like that now we are back firmly planted in the MCU, Rosenberg is getting to put some other Marvel heroes in this series. He is superbly good at catching different heroes’ voices and the dialogue between Captain Marvel and Frank is great. I am a big Daredevil fan and love me some Punisher/Daredevil interactions, and Rosenberg does not disappoint in their small interaction. The Punisher #224 really makes me want to see Rosenberg as a writer on DD sometime in the future.

I like that Rosenberg is kind of having Frank have to pay for his actions. You cannot just do what he does and think you are going to get off scot-free. I am very interested to see where the rest of this story arc goes.

Art

Stefano Landini continues to do superb work on art in The Punisher #224. This is a pretty hard-hitting issue with a lot of different heroes making appearances, and Landini handles it well. He has a style that has that nice in-between area for me that is a little bit loose, but still very detailed at the same time. The characters have great movement to them on the pages and he makes the action come to life. I guess minor spoiler alert, but he draws a killer-looking US Agent as well!

Lee Loughridge’s colors are outstanding as well. He, too, hits a nice spot with the colors not being too bright, but not too dark. The Captain Marvel costume looks fantastic; her colors really pop! I love the energy blast as well; he does a killer job of having those light up the night sky.

Conclusion

The Punisher #224 is another solid entry in this run and honestly a pretty good jumping-on point for new readers. The creative team has been doing a spectacular job on this series and has made it a great read since the beginning. I do not hear a lot of people talking about it, and that is a shame because this team is very very good!


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About the author

Brent Jackson

Brent is happily married and an avid comic book consumer who loves nothing more than the smell of comics in the morning and diving through a long box of back issues. By day he is a nutritionist and has also been training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for over 10 years. He is probably not the coolest person you have ever met. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @brentjackson30

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