Punisher On Netflix Dec 12, 2017 13:52:47 GMT -5 via mobile
Post by Warmonger on Dec 12, 2017 13:52:47 GMT -5
I've never been in the military or in combat, but my impression here is that this series at least appears to paint a somewhat realistic picture of what happens when some soldiers who come back from war & have a difficult time re-adjusting to civilian life because of severe PTSD. So, the storyline involving the disturbed young soldier who came back from overseas was quite poignant and sad, though it obviously didn't excuse his horrific actions. The actor playing this soldier also did a great job playing LHO in another great Netflix series, 11/22/63. It's was interesting that he played similar character in both shows.
Though the whole series was great, to me things really ramped up in the last 4 episodes - starting with the soldier's attack on the hotel (trying to take out the congressman), which led directly up to the finale.
My favorite sequence in the whole series was when the mercenaries (on Billy Russo's team) invaded the basement/bunker that Frank & Micro had been holed up, and then were subsequently taken out by Frank (who had set them up) - who seemed to do so without even breaking a sweat.
One of the most difficult scenes to watch was when the young soldier was standing in the meat locker & counting down to the end, while The Punisher stood outside & understandably encouraged him.
Looking forward, I agree that it will be interesting to see where the character goes from here. He's avenged his family & is obviously at a loss as to what to do next. As we saw in the comics, will he go ahead and wage a one-man war on criminals? Will he team up with Micro again? The only thing that's obvious to me is that Jigsaw will probably appear in the future as Frank's nemesis.
Also wanted to mention that JB's depiction of The Punisher is far, far superior to any other on-screen depiction of the character (Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, and the UK actor who starred in Punisher: War Zone). Amazing casting by Netflix, but there's no surprise there - since they also did an amazing job casting DD/Matt Murdock, The Kingpin, Foggy Nelson, Elektra, etc. in the DD Netflix series.
Lastly, I was a mild fan of The Punisher back in the '80's, but never read much beyond his appearances in Frank Miller's DD, his '80's Spider-man appearances, and the excellent mini series from around 1985 (with art by Mike Zeck). However, the show is making me want to read some of the more popular '90's comics featuring the character.
If you're interested in getting back into Punisher comics, I’d recommend going straight for the Garth Ennis stuff. It doesn’t get any better than that.
The Marvel Knights run is more of a dark comedic series and features the classic “Welcome back, Frank” storyline at the beginning where Ennis took Frank back to his roots after all of the “Frank becomes a mob boss” and “avenging angel” crap of the mid-late 90’s.
But Punisher MAX by Ennis is legitimately one of the greatest comic book runs of all-time IMO. Incredibly brutal and nihilistic, taking place in real-time with Frank now pushing 60, and set outside the Marvel 616 universe with the exception of a couple of Nick Fury appearances. Ennis doesn’t romanticize what Frank is or what he does. He portrays him as a ruthless killing machine with something seriously wrong with him and stacks him up against some of the most despicable villains in comic book history who you take genuine joy in seeing Frank do away with.
You can find the first trade collecting the first 2 story arcs (as well as the ‘Born’ mini) on Amazon and see how you like it.