Punisher Collection Vol. 7 – A Barbarian with the Gun | Review


Published on Sep 24, 2018


In the course of its existence the editorial, the Punisher has often been drawn by artists that have presented in a variety of ways. In this way, the readers have had the opportunity to see the Frank Castle of Jim Lee, conceived almost as a hero from the action movies, or John Romita Jr. instead it was seen as a troubled man, and lived from the face full of scars, and the eyes of a psychopath.

This new release of the Punisher Collection is noted because it has the episodes from the nn. 26/30 Punisher War Zone enriched by the inspiration of the graph of one of the legends of the Marvel and american comics in general: the late John Buscema), a huge illustrator of the Silver Surfer, Conan The Barbarian, Avengers and other milestones.

The story is written by Chuck Dixon, well known to fans of the Punisher, who had already had the chance to work with Big John, writing several episodes of Savage Sword of Conan. In the specific case of this story-line Dixon tells us, the clash is without exclusion of blows between the Punisher and two ruthless drug traffickers, Ernesto and Carmelita Villamos. It is certainly not the first time that Frank is confronted with criminals of this kind, but this time, Dixon does not insert the character in the usual contexts of the city.

The plot, in fact, has an exotic atmosphere and takes place in Puerto Dulce, a work camp located in the Caribbean. And here comes Frank, for a number of reasons, and soon, he is imprisoned, with tragic consequences. Of course, it is difficult to hold off a guy like the Punisher and things will take a turn for the worse for the Villamos and his boys. Dixon tells a story from the pace and adrenalin syncopated and there are chases, shootings, held by bad intentions, the revolutionaries who intend to rebel against their captors and even the threat of hungry alligators.

In practice, the Dixon signing, a story with action, intriguing but rather conventional. The volume, in reality, must be taken into account more than anything for the excellent drawings of John Buscema. The Michelangelo of comics was now in the final phase of his glorious career and his style, always detailed and naturalistic, it became more stylized and essential part of what thrilled readers in the sixties.

It is the same John to ink his pencils, and the particularly curious is the fact that it represents the Punisher as a warrior, muscular and aggressive to Conan. The result is unsettling. The chine make for a sometimes static designs, to the detriment of the dynamism; however, the sequences that focus on the struggles and those focusing on the alligators have a force of expression is remarkable, and demonstrate the unquestionable illustration capabilities of Buscema.

As I wrote, the Punisher is a sort of Conan from the look dark and intimidating that roams in the oppressive and threatening of a jungle worthy of one of the many featuring the cimmero created by him. Everything is set on naturalism and on the reproduction anatomically flawless of characters, the element that drove many to define John Buscema Michelangelo of comics.

Ultimately, this volume is valid. If you want to read a good comic from the tone of the adventurous and, above all, you want to discover or rediscover the art of one of the historical names of Marvel, this is the proposal for you.


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