Comic Book Reviews – Superior Foes of Spider-Man #12 and Punisher #6

Punisher #6

Writer: Nathan Edmonson

Artist: Mitch Gerads

“This is a world of super heroes and super villains. Sometimes I’m not sure I’m cut out for it.”

Man, Frank just can’t catch a break. Frank’s rematch against Electro doesn’t turn out too well for him. When we think the Punisher has outsmarted Electro, Electro plays his lucky card and immediately the tables are turned in the favor of the baddies. And once we think Frank is safe, there is trouble right around the corner as the new Howling Commandos finally strike when Frank is most vulnerable. Will Frank make it out of this alive?PUN2014006_Gerads

The art and writing of this issue are good, not great. This first arc just seemed to be spinning in circles for a few issues and then suddenly ends because we have seen Frank face off against Electro a handful of times and I feel it went nowhere. I was a huge fan of Greg Rucka and Marco Checchetto’s 2011 Punisher series and I was engaged every single damn issue, fantastic art and excellent writing. (If you haven’t read that run and enjoy the character it is worth checking out.) I know this series can’t be that one, I am using for comparison purposes only, but I am still enjoying this one regardless. The art on this issue seems very average to me, with the exception  of a few of the action sequences which are pretty great.

On the bright side, I am looking forward to the next arc of this series with Kevin Maurer jumping on board to assist in the writing duties. I’m optimistic about this book because it has had some really great moments and it is nice having Frank on the west coast away from the majority of the super heroes that inhabit the Marvel Universe.

Rating: 4 (Out of 7) – Not the best ending to the first arc but it was still enjoyable. Mitch Geradas has some nice looking action sequences.

Jonathan Schultz

Twenty five years old, living in Southwest Michigan. Behavioral therapist working with children with Autism. I've been collecting comics for well over 10 years now. You can find me on Twitter and Instagram: @Johnny_Storm4

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