Characters Appearing: Microchip, Punisher
Punisher Back To School Special #2
Issue(s): Punisher Back To School Special #2
I feel like i'm constantly reviewing Punisher stories. That's partially because the Punisher is in a lot of one-off stories compared to the multi-issue arcs in most other books. And because the Punisher doesn't participate in line wide crossovers, so after i cover all the books included in, say, Infinity Crusade, i'm left with a lot of Punisher stories that need to be reviewed. But even taking all of that into account, there are just a lot of Punisher books. I used to enjoy the Punisher. Moral questions aside, his dry tone and grounded stories were a nice break from the more convoluted super-hero stuff. But there's just way too much Punisher at this point for that to be the case anymore. It all just feels throwaway. And of course that's definitely going to feel the case for a "Back To School Special".
The first story is an anti-steroid PSA.
Nice white doctors pushing steroids don't get killed like other drug dealers.
Writer Mike Lackey comes close to making the same point, although he doesn't cast aspirations on the Punisher.
Speaking of cast aspirations on the Punisher, you know who else contributes to the perception that kids need to take steroids in order to feel like they are a man? Giant hulking totally ripped comic book characters that don't even have super-powers.
The Punisher kills that woman he's fighting by tying her hair to a ladder under the pool and letting her drown.
He also kills the other guy. And this guy.
So don't use steroids, kids.
The second story has Punisher going to a Gwar concert. Well, it's a Warg concert.
Gwar is (was, really) an over-the-top shock/humor band, but Warg is a "goth-rock" band responsible for kidnapping people that they kill on stage.
Punisher uses his motorcycle helmet to fit into the theme of things, and kills the band during a concert.
The next story... i don't know, i'm not reading this.
The final story has the Punisher pretending to be a witness so that he can get into a line-up and kill the criminal he's after.
I know. That's the opening splash so there must be more to the story. But that's the coolest part. It's actually got a really dumb ending.
Quality Rating: D+
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Stories like this make me question how we're supposed to take Franks claim not to endanger innocents. He's opening fire in the middle of a police lineup. There's no way to guarantee the innocent people in the lineup won't get hurt in the crossfire if a cop panics.
Posted by: Michael | February 10, 2017 4:54 PM
WTF? You get a ticket for parking illegally, not arrested at gunpoint!
Posted by: Erik Robbins | February 11, 2017 2:16 AM
The third story apparently features Alan Moore as the villain :)
The GWAR / WARG story... I can't decide whether that premise is stupid or brilliant. A monster band killing people on stage? Hmmm...
Anyway, the writer has no idea what goth music is. :P
Posted by: Piotr W | February 11, 2017 6:00 AM
The Warg premise is reminiscent of H.G. Lewis's Wizard of Gore.
Posted by: Cullen | February 11, 2017 12:29 PM
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