Story: Jason Aaron
Art: Steve Dillon, Matt Hollingsworth
Two questions hit me before I even started reading the first issue in this new volume of the Punisher’s Marvel MAX series: 1) do we need another Punisher series so soon? And 2) Can anyone really replace Garth Ennis on the series?
Fortunately, it’s a resounding “yes” to both. Probably. Teaming with regular Ennis collaborator Steve Dillon, Jason Aaron (Scalped) fills this issue with more nauseating violence and juvenile humour than you can shake a boomstick at.
The basic premise behind this arc is also very good. Tired with being relentlessly slaughtered by Frank Castle, a group of Mafiosos plan to devise a fictitious Kingpin of Crime, a mythical figure that will steal Castle’s attention so that they may go about their business unscathed. And they’ve already found a decent decoy to fill those big shoes; a hushed Hell’s Kitchen bodyguard called Wilson Fisk. A great hook on what looks to be a great series.