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The Prowler #1 Now Review

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This new comic book series is a spin-off from Marvel Comics latest Spider-Man event, Clone Conspiracy.  I am coming off a year-long comic book reading hiatus, so I had to put myself back into the comics loop.  I chose Prowler #1 because of the story’s description and its attention-grabbing cover.  I was instantly hooked after reading this debut issue.

The Jackal has somehow conquered death and is back on the scene.  He might also have discovered a way to achieve eternal life.  Apparently Jackal has brought several characters, villains of course, back to life and is giving them a new beginning at New U.

Previously killed by the “new” Electro, Prowler was also given a new life and fresh start thanks to Jackal and his cloning technology.  Prowler works for Jackal as head of security to keep the villains in check.  However, Prowler doesn’t like to be cooped up inside New U all the time so he occasionally slips out behind Jackal’s back to get some fresh air.  In this issue, he takes off to thwart a robbery attempt.

Not ready for his technology to be revealed, Jackal tells Prowler that he can’t come and go as he please.  Then he sends Prowler on a mission to find the culprit that has been trying to hack into his systems.  On his way to see Madame Web, also given a new life by Jackal, for information about the hacker(s), Prowler runs into Electro at New U.  There was a heated exchange between the two and Electro asked Prowler if he knew why Jackal brought him back to life.

Prowler continues on to his mission and all hell begins to break loose.

Sean Ryan is the creative writer of this new comic book series.  Phenomenal story set-up.  Great dialogue and character interactions.  Excellent character distinctions, especially Electro.  Pacing is on target, the story is easy-to-follow.

Great visuals by Javier Saltares and Jamal Campbell.  No complaints at all in this area.  I especially like Prowler’s costume, purple is my favorite color!

  • Is the Jackal still a villain, or is a humanitarian now?
  • Jackal asked Prowler if he took his medicine.  Just what is this medicine he has to take on a daily basis?  Is it for high blood pressure?  Is it a psychotropic medication?  Or is Prowler being kept alive by this medicine?
  • What is Jackal up to and what is his motive for bringing Hobie Brown aka Prowler back to life and using him as head of security?

These are questions I am excited about learning the answers to, therefore I definitely plan to read the next issue of The Prowler.  At this point I don’t know if The Prowler, rated teens and above, is an ongoing series or miniseries.  I haven’t had time to check into that piece just yet.

The Prowler #1 was released on October 26, 2016.

VERDICT (drum roll please)
I highly recommend this title.  It is an excellent jump on point for new and returning comic book readers.  I give this debut issue  5/5 stars.

 

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The Punisher #16 Review

 

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I would have to be as crazy as Deadpool to even consider taking down The Punisher, a dangerous vigilante who’s armed with big guns and explosives.  Even the Howling Commandos, the special ops unit with secret orders to take him down, couldn’t do it.

In case you don’t already know, Frank Castle, aka The Punisher, was a Marine, husband and father.  When his family was killed by accident, during a mob hit, he became a bitter and fierce vigilante.

I had to set my comic book reading aside for a minute a few months ago.  Unfortunately, The Punisher was one of the comics I was reading every month.  However I started back reading it at issue #13, when I read a tweet about the Howling Commandos taking Frank Castle’s only remaining relative and her family, as hostage.  Well, knowing how violent and aggressive skullguy can get, I had no choice but to jump back on.

I can briefly tell you what I know since I jumped back on to one of my favorite Marvel comic book titles.

Punisher had plans to rid Los Angeles of Dos Soles, a dangerous and powerful gang.  The Howling Commandos intercepted and captured him.  Punisher became suspicious of who was giving the elite combat unit their orders and why.  He was able to convince the team leader to release him so that he could find the truth behind the madness.

In the current issue, skullguy makes his way to Washington to find the perpetrator that put the hit out on him.  When Punisher confronts the perpetrator, he not only gets his questions answered, he also learns that he’s not working alone.

Punisher is eventually spotted and makes a run for it, but his escape gets halted by a prominent figure.  I try not to give spoilers, but I can’t help but to give one when I discuss the art.

Nathan Edmondson is the creative writer of this mature, action-packed title.  Very intense scripting.  Fast-paced, but not difficult to follow.  Strong, solid characters with sharp dialogue.  Lots of aggression, violence, and political corruption.

Impressive artwork by Mitch Gerads.  Fine details.  Great action scenes.  Realistic looking characters, especially the man of the hour, The Punisher.  Panels are dark and violent, yet surprising.  Earlier I stated that I try not to give spoilers.  Well I can’t help it this time.  Below is Gerads introduction of the character that Punisher will face-off with in the next issue.

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I like what Gerads did there.

I love a badass, which is why Punisher is one of my boyfriends in the Marvel Universe.  He’s strong, aggressive, extremely dangerous, and has a body that would make a lot of men here on Earth jealous.

There is no doubt that I will continue to read The Punisher.  I am aware that Marvel is about to start playing with the emotions of its’ comic book fans with the Secret Wars crossover.  I have not had the time to read into the event as much as I’d like to, so at this time I’m not sure what the fate of this series will be.

The Punisher #16 was released March 18, 2015.

VERDICT (drum roll please)

I strongly recommend The Punisher.  This issue gets 5/5 stars.