It’s impossible to deny that the rivalry between The Punisher and Daredevil is one of the more interesting in the entire Marvel Universe, so another comic run focusing on this conflict is always welcomed by us – if done properly. It’s not just the physical match-up that makes this battle a great one though, it’s their perspectives and philosophical standpoints that really helps it to stand out. After reading the first issue of Daredevil/Punisher, we’re slightly disappointed to tell you that it mostly focuses on physical action.
We’re going to put it out there straight away: the conflict is ridiculously straight-forward and borderline two dimensional. This could be a good thing, but we really want something to sink our teeth into; something more than just two vigilantes fighting it out around New York. Frank Castle wants to see a prisoner dead, but it’s Matt Murdock’s job to escort him safely – it doesn’t take an expert to see how this will play out. Matt narrates parts of the issue, providing a small amount of context and digging a bit deeper into his complicated relationship with Frank, but it’s nothing new. We already knew that they barely see eye-to-eye.
The only breath of fresh air in Daredevil/Punisher is the unexpected and surprising addition of Blindspot; who mixes up the standard formula and adds some much-needed comedic relief into an other-wise tense stand-off. The bulk of the book simply follows The Punisher as he wreaks havoc upon his unfortunate victims; his relentless approach is definitely intriguing.
Reilly Brown and Szymon Kudranski are the team behind this comic run, giving an almost cinematic feel to a chase sequence and bringing out the best of each other. It has a dark feeling, as expected, and it fits this combination of characters perfectly. Unfortunately, some characters seem just too weird in terms of proportion and it’s hard to look past. Overall, if you enjoyed Daredevil Season 2 on Netflix or you’re a fan of the comic history between the duo, then you’ll find this issue entertaining. But if you’re looking for something new and innovative; keep looking.
It's almost too simplistic, but Daredevil/Punisher #1 is a non-stop thrill to read.
- Constant action, fast-paced fun
- Two-dimensional conflict