Characters Appearing: Microchip, Punisher
Issue(s): Punisher: Intruder
As of Punisher #28, Mike Baron and William Reinhold are the regular writer and artist for Punisher. I guess this graphic novel would have come out a little before that, but that fact still adds to the feeling that this is "just another Punisher story" and not anything special.
The story is totally fine, for what it's worth. We do learn two kind of weird things. The first is that Frank Castle once studied for priesthood.
The second is that despite the fact that he was just an infantry grunt in Vietnam, he somehow managed to find time to learn the basics of fight plane flying at that time, and he brushes up on those skills and outflies a professional pilot in this story.
Beyond that, the story is that Punisher is staking out a drug dealer (with a sterile wife who is hoping to adopt) in the suburbs, and while he's on stakeout he watches another group of outlaw vigilantes ("dufus top secret gang of drug busters" to the Punisher) bust in and shoot up the house. Except it turns out they got the address wrong and shot up the wrong family.
They leave behind a young girl that Punisher takes to a convent, pretending to the be the priest that guided Frank while he was at the seminary.
He finds out that the vigilantes have more on their plate than just drug busting. They're also in the business of assassinating politicians that seem too Communist friendly.
They fund their organization with drug money. They also have support from some Koreans that are zealous about the anti-Communist cause but less interested in the drug busting (and wouldn't condone the drug sales if they knew about it). The Punisher still doesn't go easy on them, and neither would you if you were ever tied to a table and tortured with a bag of urine.
In the end it turns out that the nuns that Punisher left the girl with actually knew the priest whose name the Punisher used, and he shows up to say hello to his former student.
The final irony is that the nuns gave the girl to the drug dealer that the Punisher was originally staking out, since they were looking to adopt since the wife was sterile.
Quality Rating: C+
Chronological Placement Considerations: The MCP place this in the same gap in the Punisher's regular books as the Classic Punisher #1 back-up.
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
I think this story should have a 2 historical significance rating, as the Punisher's almost becoming a priest is mentioned several times after this story.
Posted by: Michael | November 12, 2014 8:11 PM
Fair enough. Increased the rating.
Posted by: fnord12 | November 12, 2014 9:27 PM
After having his head immersed in pee, the Punisher then utilizes against his torturer the strategic move of...swearing at him. In comic book symbol swearing, no less. That unintentionally funny point make me laugh so hard back then that I couldn't possibly take this book seriously.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | November 14, 2014 10:51 PM
In Amazing Heroes #145(mid-7/88) an unnamed 4th Punisher GN was announced as written by "the same guy who did the first draft of the Punisher movie". I have no idea if it ever came out.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 20, 2014 4:15 PM
Comics Interview #63(8/88) has some info on the creative team for the 4th Punisher GN: Boaz Yakin/Carl Potts.
Posted by: Mark Drummond | December 26, 2014 8:04 PM
There was a Graphic Novel adaptation of the Punisher movie by Yakin and Potts that appeared in 1990- maybe that's what they're talking about.
Posted by: Michael | December 26, 2014 9:07 PM
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