I’ve always been a sucker for the setup of a heist or sneaking mission on a boat during a fancy party. This issue finds Frank Castle and Rachel Alves sneak on board a large yacht during a secret auction of Marvel Universe goodies. Castle has a tight plan in place, but his real problem is keeping Alves’ emotions in check.
The Punisher in this new run is one that reminds me of Snake from Metal Gear Solid. He’s resourceful, always focused on the mission, but underneath genuinely cares about people keeping their innocence. The pairing of Castle and Alves, which sounds like a TV cop drama, gives the long-running character a new dynamic that’s really engrossing.
The artwork by Mico Suayan is very subtle, but detailed. It felt like an episode of a TV show, and not in a way that cheapens the comic book storytelling medium. It sucked me in and made me want more and more panels inside this issue.
Without rattling on too much about how fun this issue is, I’ll just leave it with a high recommendation that Punisher fans or fans of heist movies would love this story.