Review – War of the Realms: Punisher #1 (Marvel Comics)

War of the Realms: Punisher #1 (of 3)
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  • Art - 8/10
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War of the Realms: Punisher #1

Writer: Gerry Duggan
Pencils: Marcelo Ferreira
Inks: Roberto Poggi
Colorist: Rachelle Rosenberg
Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit
Maturity Rating: Teen +
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Release: April 17, 2019

Malekith and his warriors are slaying innocents across New York City While other heroes try to figure out how to stop him and end the War of the Realms. Someone has to protect the people? Luckily the Punisher happens to be in town


“Warzone” War of the Realms: Punisher #1 (of 3)

Malekith has brought his war to Midgard. He has slowly taken over every realm, adding beast, goblins, giants and all sorts of creatures into his army. In War of the Realms #1 (Check the review here), Malekith the Dark Elf invaded Midgard. As Marvels finest scrambled to New York City to fend him off. Now the war has shifted globally. The Avengers and every other “cape” are on big missions on how to stop Malekith and his war. But somebody has to look out for the innocent being attacked in the battles. Someone has to avenge the fallen; someone has to “punish” them. Luckily Frank Castle is in NYC in War of the Realms: Punisher #1 (of 3).


War of the Realms Punisher #1 (of 3) Cover by Juan E. Ferreyra (Marvel Comics)
War of the Realms Punisher #1 (of 3) Cover by Juan E. Ferreyra (Marvel Comics)

Gerry Duggan pins this mini-series/tie-in to the big War of the Realms event going across Marvel Comics. These tie-in issues can be hit or miss, some are great and some are duds. I am Happy to say War of the Realms: Punisher #1 (of 3) is a lot of fun. Duggan writes a pretty straightforward Punisher story while throwing Dark Elves, Frost Giants and all others sort of Monsters in the mix. The basic story without spoilers, Punisher has to help evacuate a hospital. It is a simple premise that Duggan does great work with.

It is that great simple premise that works so well. Much like the 2012 Dredd movie. War of the Realms: Punisher #1 has a pretty straightforward concept with a few curve balls thrown in. Duggan just works the character of Frank Castle so well. I mean, yeah the story is not going to win any awards or anything, but it is a fun read. Duggan has some good comedy bits and the dialogue feels true to the character.

It just hits really everything you could want in a Punisher War of the Realms tie-in story. I mean Punisher blast his way through all sorts of creatures and he deals out his own brand of justice. Duggan does throw in a nice little “curveball” to the story to keep things interesting, but he works the basic premise so, well it is hard not to enjoy.


For some reason, it always feels a little bit weird to have The Punisher running around and fighting all these fantasy creatures. He is in the Marvel Universe but sometimes it is a bit strange when he comes out of his little corner of fighting crime bosses. That being said Marcelo Ferreira, Roberto Poggi and Rachelle Rosenberg make it a delight to look at. I mean really how can you not smile at Frank Castle shooting machine guns at giant demon dogs or blowing up a car in a Frost Giants face? 

Ferreira did a great job in scripting the action sequences in War of the Realms: Punisher #1. His panel structure works well and the action sequences all flow nicely and coherently together. The Dark Elves look amazing; this team can draw them all day every day. The nice smooth detail put into them looks fantastic. The ink work by Roberto Poggi is superbly done on them. He just adds some great smooth yet detailed texture to those characters. I am not the biggest fan of Frank Castle looking like a bodybuilder would be a very minor complaint. I mean I know again “comic book” but Frank Castle getting them good “supplements”.

Rochelle Rosenberg’s colors are wonderful as well.  She gets to play around with tons of different colors in this issue. I like how she paints the sky in some scenes with a red/orange hue. It gives off a very ominous feeling. Again those dang Dark Elves just look superb. The coloring work she does on them is great. The way there is a slight gleam to the black and silver coloring and how they just pop off the page.


War of the Realms: Punisher #1 (of 3) is a delightful little mini-series/tie-in to the huge War of the Realms event. It succeeds in its simple storytelling methods. It is a fun romp with the Punisher fighting off hordes of monsters and trying to help some people, with a nice little twist to keep you coming back for the next two issues. The art is great as well and just fun to look at. I mean like I said earlier, the book ain’t going to win any awards or anything, but man it was a fun read!


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