- Issue: #1
- Release date: 1992
- Series date: 1992-1995
Storyline: This issue follows Frank Castle as “The Punisher” collecting intel on the Carbone crime family. Microchip’s loyalty comes into question as well.
I picked up this first issue of Punisher: War Zone last week at a local comic shop. I actually have never read the “War Zone” series. When I saw the first issue on the wall for $5 I had to get it. I figured it would be a great addition of first issues. I wasn’t expecting to be wowed.
When I first opened the comic I was pleasantly surprised by the feel of the comic itself. For starters, the cover has a nice thickness to it, and it has a cutout section, which I found very cool and unique.
It being a first issue, it gives a quick excerpt of Frank Castle’s backstory, but gets right into the action.
This issue seems to have played a big role in the 2004 Punisher film. There are parts of the story taken right out of this issue. The main one is when The Punisher hangs up a low-level mob associate “Mickey” and interrogates him with a popsicle and a blowtorch.
The scene in the movie is completely taken from this issue. Almost word for word.
Here is the scene in the movie.
Taken from the new Blu Ray transfer.
And here is some of the scene in the issue.
I found that to be really cool.
This issue is a fantastic read. It ends with Frank Castle going undercover into the Carbone crime family. I’m definitely going to be picking up additional issues of this series. I highly recommend it if you’re a Punisher fan.
- Writer: Chuck Dixon
- Penciler: John Romita JR.
- Inker: Klaus Janson
- Colorist: Gregory Wright
- Letterer: Jim Novak
- Editor: Don Daley
- Chief: Tom DeFalco
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