Characters Appearing: Punisher
Issue(s): Punisher #20
This is Shea Anton Pensa's only Marvel work but he's done things for DC and elsewhere, notably some Sandman. Gerry Talaoc is a heavy inker, so it could just be that their styles aren't meshing.
This is the second of two fill-ins after Whilce Portacio's run on pencils, and Erik Larsen will begin next issue.
Storywise, Punisher has come to Las Vegas to kill a mysterious assassin that is targeting a witness in a mob case. Punisher would normally happily kill the assassin and everyone on trial, but "even I recognize that a successful prosecution could deal organized crime in Nevada a crippling blow". However, he might have been better off going with his first impulse, because he receives a bad tip on the description of the assassin and the witness winds up getting killed. The Punisher does get the assassin though.
Despite the art (it's mostly everybody's teeth that are freaking me out), Mike Baron gets in a good little story that has a few twists before giving us another unconventional ending where the Punisher doesn't succeed in his goals.
Just an observation: we're in Vegas, but there's no mention or nod to the Hulk book. That's not surprising; this book remains relatively divorced from the Marvel universe.
Quality Rating: B-
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Those first few panels I was really confused as to (a) why Wonder Man was wearing his safari jacket again and (b) why he had turned to crime.
Posted by: Robert | October 9, 2014 5:17 PM
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