Punisher: War Zone (2012 series)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Punisher: War Zone
Issue 1 cover by Marco Checchetto
Publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
ScheduleMonthly
FormatLimited series
Publication date2012
No. of issues5
Main character(s)Punisher
Creative team
Created byGreg Rucka
Written byGreg Rucka
Artist(s)Carmine Di Giandomenico
Matthew 'Matt' Hollingsworth
Penciller(s)Carmine Di Giandomenico
Inker(s)Carmine Di Giandomenico
Letterer(s)Joe Caramagna
Colorist(s)Matthew 'Matt' Hollingsworth
Editor(s)Axel Alonso
Cory Levine
Ellie Pyle
Nelson Ribeiro
Alex Starbuck
Stephen Wacker

Punisher: War Zone, also known as The Punisher War Zone is a comic book series published by Marvel Comics about the vigilante The Punisher. The series was written by Greg Rucka as a follow up to his previous Punisher series from 2011, meant to finish the story Rucka had begun in the 2011 series. The interior illustration was done by Carmine Di Giandomenico.[1][2][3][4]

Publication history[edit]

Plot[edit]

During the series, Frank Castle (The Punisher) finds himself attacked by several members of the Avengers, who are all trying to stop his lethal personal war against crime, especially after he is accused of killing several police officers. Wolverine attempts to speak with him and believes Castle when he says he did not murder the policemen and let's Castle go.

Afterwards, Castle finds out that his supposed accomplice, Rachel Cole-Alves, will most likely be executed for the crime they have been accused of and he must save her. He fights with Natasha Romanoff (Black Widow) and Thor and manages to steal one of Iron Man's armors to give Alves enough time to escape. After he's beaten down by several Avengers, Castle is made to surrender by Steve Rogers (Captain America) who urges him to stand down like the military man he is after the battle is over and he knows he is beaten. Castle, unwilling to refuse an order from Rogers, whom he respects, gives up and is placed in prison.

Reception[edit]

The series holds an average rating of 7.7 by 64 professional critics on the review aggregation website Comic Book Roundup.[5]

Joey Esposito of IGN stated of the first issue that it is the kick-off to the perfect kind of event story, that it plays off what came before it but does not rely on it. He also expressed that even if one has not read Greg Rucka's previous Punisher story yet one can jump on War Zone and be up to speed on the very first page. He expressed that Rucka displays true storytelling mastery in the series, using five nearly-silent panels to give the reader the essential information to get them off and running.[6][7][8][9]

Prints[edit]

Issues[edit]

No. Title Cover date Comic Book Roundup rating Estimated sales (first month) Rated
#1 Punisher Manhunt Continues December 2012 8.1 by nineteen professional critics.[10] 27,010, ranked 98th in North America[11] PAL[12]
#2 Punisher Accomplice Refuses Not-Guilty Plea February 2013 7.0 by seven professional critics.[13] 25,471, ranked 86th in North America[14] PAL[15]
#3 "Punisher Proxy" Trial Ends, Now to Jury March 2013 7.9 by nine professional critics.[16] 23,863, ranked 85th in North America[17] PAL[18]
#4 Guilty! March 2013 7.2 by fifteen professional critics.[19] 22,993, ranked 90th in North America[20] PAL[21]
#5 Escape! April 2013 8.4 by fourteen professional critics.[22] 22,824, ranked 92th in North America[23] PAL[24]

Collected editions[edit]

Title Format Material collected Pages Publication date ISBN Estimated sales (North America)
[Trades]
Rated
Punisher: Enter The War Zone Trade Paperback Punisher: War Zone (2012) #1-5 120 May 29, 2013 978-0-7851-6742-6 2,100, ranked 44th the first month[25] N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McElhatton, Greg (January 14, 2013). "Punisher War Zone #3". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  2. ^ Sunu, Steve (November 1, 2012). "RUCKA SETS THE BOUNDARIES FOR "PUNISHER: WAR ZONE"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  3. ^ Ching, Albert (July 16, 2012). "SDCC 2012: The AVENGERS Enter The PUNISHER's WAR ZONE". Newsarama. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  4. ^ http://comicsalliance.com/punisher-war-zone-october-teasers/ https://web.archive.org/web/20170404103958/http://comicsalliance.com/punisher-war-zone-october-teasers/
  5. ^ "PUNISHER: WAR ZONE". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  6. ^ Esposito, Joey (October 24, 2012). "PUNISHER: WAR ZONE #1 REVIEW; Frank Castle meets the Avengers". IGN. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  7. ^ Esposito, Joey (December 5, 2012). "PUNISHER: WAR ZONE #2 REVIEW; Black Widow goes on a manhunt". IGN. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  8. ^ Norris, Eric (January 9, 2013). "PUNISHER: WAR ZONE #3 REVIEW; Further proof that, yes, Thor is an alcoholic". IGN. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  9. ^ Bailey, Benjamin (February 27, 2013). "PUNISHER: WAR ZONE #5 REVIEW; Rucka's mighty run sadly comes to an end". IGN. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  10. ^ "PUNISHER: WAR ZONE #1". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  11. ^ "October 2012 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  12. ^ http://marvel.com/comics/issue/46383/punisher_war_zone_2012_1
  13. ^ "PUNISHER: WAR ZONE #2". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  14. ^ "December 2012 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  15. ^ http://marvel.com/comics/issue/44092/punisher_war_zone_2012_2
  16. ^ "PUNISHER: WAR ZONE #3". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  17. ^ "January 2013 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  18. ^ http://marvel.com/comics/issue/45247/punisher_war_zone_2012_3
  19. ^ "PUNISHER: WAR ZONE #4". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  20. ^ "January 2013 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  21. ^ http://marvel.com/comics/issue/46385/punisher_war_zone_2012_4
  22. ^ "PUNISHER: WAR ZONE #5". Comic Book Roundup. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  23. ^ "February 2013 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2017-07-04.
  24. ^ http://marvel.com/comics/issue/46386/punisher_war_zone_2012_5
  25. ^ "May 2013 Comic Book Sales Figures". comichron.com. The Comics Chronicles. Retrieved 2017-07-04.

External links[edit]