Space Punisher 1 (of 4)
This is the new comic of the week. Every other week, I try a comic series I’ve never read before and evaluate it both on quality and how easy it is for new readers. While you might say the first issue is cheating, I’ve never read any punisher comic before. As far as I can remember, the Civil War event is the only place I’ve ever seen him in before. Why this one then? Because it was about time that I tried something with the Punisher, and it’s in space.
This comic seems to take place in an alternate universe where the heroes of the main Marvel Earth fill an entire galaxy. The punisher is tracking down six powerful beings that are covered in the venom symbiote, and in this issue he takes on the venom Brood Queen and spends the rest of the issue tracking down the others.
This comic is simply awesome. The fight scenes are very entertaining as are the interrogation scenes. The art is very good too – it has a painted feeling to it. Half of the Punisher’s weapons and equipment are references to some sort of sci-fi franchise. I’ve never read anything by Frank Tieri or seen Mark Texeira’s art before, but if the rest of this mini-series is good, I’ll have to check them out later.
I’m not sure what else to say. It’s the punisher in space, what more do you need? At least for this issue you don’t really need to know what the venom symbiote is. Everything else pretty much explains itself. It’s a very fun comic with great artwork and I highly recommend checking it out.
Uncanny X-Force 27
This is the third issue in the Final Execution storyline, and the one that fully reveals the new Brotherhood of Evil Mutants. One member of X-Force dies while a new character joins them. There’s plenty of violent action, but is the comic any good?
Simply put, yes. This comic is great. It’s fairly easy to guess which member of X-Force will die and it’s not much of a spoiler since Rick Remender has been talking about it for a while. The new character on the other hand was a bit of a surprise, yet makes total sense. The character that dies is still explored in a way he’s never been explored before, and there are hints that he will still affect the remainder of this storyline at least.
I won’t spoil who’s in charge of the new brotherhood, even if an article on comicbookresources explored it deeper. Despite the fact that I don’t like the character, I’m looking forward to see where Remender takes the new brotherhood and its leader.
The art by Phil Noto fits this issue perfectly. While Noto’s art can take a while to get used to and looks simple at first, he is a genius when it comes to visual storytelling and atmospheric art through the use of foreground and background. This issue in particular might actually be the best of his art that I’ve seen yet, although admittedly Dean White did the colouring while I’m used to Noto doing all the internal art.
This is an easy recommendation for any regular follower of Uncanny X-Force or anyone who is interested in seeing the new Brotherhood. Everything you need to know is explained on the recap page or in the issue itself.