If you haven’t been reading Juan E. Ferreyra’s stories you should probably rethink your comic book lifestyle. Ferreyra’s work is incredibly lifelike, unique, and expressive. Not only is it painterly, but the layout choices are exciting too. He draws this issue with a story by Gerry Duggan — who ain’t too bad either.
So what’s it about?
Read the preview.
Why does this matter?
Punisher is out to kill a bunch of monsters that killed the parents of a few kids on Earth. Nuff said.
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This book lives and dies by the art and it excels at showing off. I mean that with utmost respect since Ferreyra is doing some of his best work. On the very first page, we’re privy to a fireside scene with two aliens who are licking their wounds after the War of the Realms. Enter Punisher who mercilessly blows the head off one. In four quick panels, we see the explosion of his shotgun, Frank relishing the kill with blood splattering in his face, an enemy disarming Frank, and then some braggart talk from the baddy. In this one page, we get a whole story of emotion, action, and intrigue. The pacing is spot on and only gets better on the next page as Punisher beats this alien to death with his forehead across six panels. It’s intense and loving the violence.
Speaking of violence, Duggan sure is reveling in it with his stories lately. Last week it was Savage Avengers and again we get plenty of gore and blood this week with Punisher. This is ultimately a story about a man on a mission — as most good Punisher stories are- — but taken to space it’s a fun, different romp to say the least. There are fun little nods to characters, interesting villains, and some wild monsters too.
Speaking of, Ferreyra draws one hell of a shark beast that’s 12 stories tall and quite cool looking. It’s like something out of a little kid’s imagination (maybe it is hint hint?) and it’s wild to see Punisher take it on. Again, fantastic visuals. Speaking of visuals, backgrounds are rendered nicely–there’s a great mountain scene in one page–and the use of color hammers home a nice realism to the issue.
It can’t be perfect, can it?
This is kooky and crazy fun so don’t expect character development or even a lot of this making sense. Punisher in space should be enough to tell you it’s not taking itself too seriously. When Foggy Nelson enters the story it further derails into nonsense. It’s still fun though!
Is it good?
Visually stunning Juan E. Ferreyra is putting out some of his best work yet. Enjoy this for the absurd violence and stay for the visuals.