Frank’s Great Escape In The Punisher #8

by Josh Davison

[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
Jigsaw’s Punisher masquerade continues to escalate in the news, while Frank Castle himself has another meeting with Sister Mercy. She wants Frank to lead a revolt in the prison using her collaborators. He’s reluctant, as they seem soft, untrained, and ill-suited to his needs. Mercy pleads with him, reminding him that any lone escape attempt on Frank’s part will end with many of them being executed regardless. Frank agrees and lays out an escape plan, and Mercy’s people put it into action.

The Punisher #8 cover by Greg Smallwood
The Punisher #8 cover by Greg Smallwood

The Punisher has its own rendition of The Great Escape this issue as Sister Mercy’s crew of inmates work on behalf of Frank Castle to take Baron Zemo’s prison.
Naturally, it’s a brutal plan with many less-than-pleasant parts to it. Much of it is practically designed to kill Hydra grunts, which is no big loss of course.
A weird amount of the plan involves sewage and vomit, which…okay,you use what you got in a situation like this. Much of it seems more for comic relief than showing the extremes that the inmates are having to go through for victory though.
The Hydra guards seem thuddingly incompetent too, and you’re left to wonder why they needed the Punisher to coordinate this. The inmates don’t seem to suffer any losses are setbacks; the plan goes off without a hitch.
The Punisher #8 art by Szymon Kudranski, Antonio Fabela, and letterer VC's Cory Petit
The Punisher #8 art by Szymon Kudranski, Antonio Fabela, and letterer VC’s Cory Petit

Szymon Kudranski’s artwork is solid. It looks 3D-rendered, and the detailing on characters is often quite good. It does have the problem of coming off as uncanny at times, and this issue has that problem even moreso than his other Punisher installments. That said, it still looks good for the most part, and Antonio Fabela’s color art is solid.
The Punisher #8 is probably the weakest issue of this run, but it’s not an awful read. The escape plan is creative and has the feel of Frank about it, and it’s always fun watching Hydra grunts getting their comeuppance. This one is worth a recommendation. Feel free to pick it up.
The Punisher #8 comes to us from writer Matthew Rosenberg, artist Szymon Kudranski, color artist Antonio Fabela, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, and cover artist Greg Smallwood.

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