Punisher Kill Crew #5 / Writer: Gerry Duggan / Artist: Juan Ferreya / Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit / Cover Artist: Tony Moore & Dean White / Publisher: Marvel Comics / Published: November 27. 2019
The Story so Far
If you haven’t read any of the series here’s a short summary. Frank is on the hunt for this Frost giant that killed a man named Jones’ family, but after the giant gets off world he decides to chase it, only for Jones to introduce him to a group of kids that lost their families during the War of the Realms. Frank promises to get justice for the war orphans and heads across the realms, collecting the rag tag crew of Toothgnasher, Foggy Nelson, the Juggernaut, and the Black Knight along the way to the final showdown with the Frost Giant. Simple enough right? Well, add in some epic fights, Foggy just wanting to go home, and general awesomeness, and you get the story so far.
Slay the Giant
Gerry Duggan and Juan Ferreya have knocked this War of the Realms spin-off mini-series out of the park with a story both gritty in detail, fun with magic, and complex yet relatable to many readers. At the end of the day, despite the colorful crew mates The Punisher collected along the way, this was a Punisher story. A tale of something precious taken that can never be gained back, but you can take from the one who took it from you. Of course, there’s more to this issue and the miniseries than that, but man oh man does that ideology hit home even if the ending shows, like many other Punisher stories, that the killing the killers doesn’t bring your family back. Don’t worry Frank has a response to that too.
Magic at War
Juan Ferreya’s phenomenal art along with Tony Moore and Dean White’s covers have convinced me that Duggan simply wants to throw random things into the story just to see the impossible on the page and these artists follow through. Like Foggy Nelson driving the Punisher’s goat powered can through space while pushing an asteroid straight into the giant’s stronghold, then Foggy lifting the Black Knight’s Ebony Blade, then Foggy finally getting home. Sorry for the focus on Foggy on that last sentence, but he’s really the only other character to have an emotional journey in this series, which isn’t bad, but is one of the few critiques I have. Simply because a talk between Juggernaut and the Punisher about the idea of justice would’ve been nice, same with the Black Knight. Either way, this book was fun and worth a read.
Verdict: 4 out of 5