Punisher War Journal (2007 Series) #9
Quick Rating: Very Good
In the Hate-Monger’s clutches, Frank recalls how he got there.
Writer: Matt Fraction
Art: Ariel Olivetti
Letters: Joe Caramagna
Editor: Axel Alonso
Cover Art: Ariel Olivetti
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Still in the Hate-Monger’s clutches, Frank recalls the final steps that brought him to this state. After getting a glimpse of the Neo-Nazi’s headquarters, he begins making his move against the racist group. Meanwhile, G.W. Bridge gets a clue as to the whereabouts of the Punisher.
As good as this series is, I’m starting to feel like this story arc has gone on a bit too long. We’ve started the last three issues with the Punisher tied up and getting berated by the Hate-Monger, then going straight into the extended flashback that explains how he got to this point. As a framing sequence, it works okay, but as the end of that thread is a foregone conclusion, it’s starting to get a little tiresome. As it stands, next issue will begin the same way, except that we’ll finally have caught up with the flashback sequences. The Bridge story works a bit better this issue, actually, as we’re still heading towards an unsure end point for him.
Olivetti’s art, as always, is great. His characters are a little overly-large, almost cartoony, but somehow that fits in with the tongue-in-cheek nature of this title very well.
Fraction has done a good job on this title, but this arc seems like it’s overstaying its welcome just a little. It may be a result of the framing sequence, but it’ll be nice to move on to something new.