I loved reading the Punisher comics while growing up. He was cool, rebellious, and righteous. His character reflected the style from the time period: action, violence, and radicalism. The Punisher’s popularity grew into multiple spin-offs, including Punisher War Journal and Punisher War Zone.
What is interesting about the Punisher comics is that many early talents contributed to the series’. For the Punisher War Journal, there was artist Jim Lee. In the case of Punisher War Journal, there was writer Chuck Dixon and artist John Romita Jr. Some may think that John Romita Jr’s art style isn’t that appealing. In the case of this comic series, however, I feel he does a great job.
In The Punisher War Zone Issue 2, John Romita, Jr.’s artistry truly shines, elevating the visual storytelling to new heights. His intricate illustrations of action-packed scenes, combined with a keen eye for detail and character expressions, bring this gritty world to life, immersing the reader into the chaos of each conflict. Romita’s dynamic panel layout and composition further enhance the sense of urgency and tension within The Punisher’s narrative, driving home the relentless nature of the titular character. By marrying the dark undertones of the story with his unmatched artistic prowess, John Romita, Jr. cements his lasting impact on the success of The Punisher War Zone series.
I’ll tell you one thing: The Punisher War Zone issue 2 (from 1992) has one badass cover. It has Frank Castle hanging from a wall, throwing three grenades while bullets spark around him. Like other Punisher comics, the story is that Frank, the Punisher, goes after the Mob with big guns and shoots a lot of people. However, every issue, he finds a way to do it in style, and Punisher War Zone 2 is no different. The best scene may be when he rides a motorcycle and guns down baddies using one hand.
But the most interesting has to be the page where he is wearing a speedo for no apparent reason. I mean, there he is, standing there with a banana hammock. There is also an ad in this issue where Mary Jane is wearing a bikini, so I guess “sex sells” is the theme of this comic. Oh yeah, and there is a naked woman on the last page of this comic, again for no apparent reason. Punisher from the early nineties were always good, so check out the graphic novel collection. (affiliate link) If you are a fan of the Punisher War Zone movie, wait until you read the comics.