Thunderbolts Warzone In The Punisher #15
by Josh Davison
[*Mild Spoilers Ahead!]
The war between Baron Zemo’s Hydra “U.N” soldiers and the Punisher continues to rage through the streets of New York, but Frank is taking the fight to Zemo. The Punisher, Rachel Alves, Black Widow, Ghost Rider, Night Thrasher, and Moon Knight are pushing their way to Fisk Tower. Mayor Wilson Fisk finally gets Zemo to mobilize his Thunderbolts to meet this challenge. It’s bloody war in the streets, and a lot of people are going to die.
The Punisher #15 finds Frank and his new allies going toe-to-toe with the Thunderbolts in the heart of New York City. Frank Castle wants to see Baron Zemo dead, and he will waste as many Hydra goons as it takes to see that happen.
Much of this comic is that climactic battle between Frank and his allies against the Thunderbolts. Frank’s team does surprisingly well considering that Zemo has the likes of Moonstone and Radioactive Man on his side.
I feel like its worth mentioning that Baron Zemo is one of my favorite Marvel villains, and I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see the Punisher put him in the ground. This comic has sold me on wanting to see that happen. Plus, well, Helmut is an on-again-off-again Nazi.
Szymon Kudranski gets to really strut his stuff this issue. Many Hydra goons get killed throughout the comic, and there’s a massive two-page spread of the fight against the Thunderbolts. It’s reminiscent of some of the best issues of the Marvel’s original Civil War story. Antonio Fabela sets the right tone with his moody color art that makes this comic look as ominous and hellish as it should.
Punisher #15 finds Frank and company making one big push to dislodge Zemo and his Thunderbolts from New York City. It’s a climactic warzone with a lot of death and a lot of fun to be had, and it easily gets a recommendation from yours truly. This is one hell of a comic. Feel free to give it a read.
The Punisher #15 comes to us from writer Matthew Rosenberg, artist Szymon Kudranski, color artist Antonio Fabela, letterer VC’s Cory Petit, and cover artist Greg Smallwood.
Final Score: 8.5/10