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Babs Reviews "Punisher Noir" #1

Babs takes a look at the first issue!

"Punisher Noir" #1 Reviewed!


 
 
Punisher Noir #1
Written by: Frank Tieri
Art by: Paul Azaceta

Frank Castle, " The Punisher" is not a character I consider to be one of my favorites; so when I decided to sit down and review it I will admit I was a bit inclined to dislike it from the start. Putting those sentiments aside, I opened up to the first page and came face to face with an array of incredible eye catching images that brought me back to the days where I would sit in my apartment on a rainy day watching classic Noir films such as Billy Wilder's Double Indemnity, for example. Obviously, I greatly underestimated the effects that a good comic book can have on a person. Needless to say, I must admit I was pleasantly surprised at the way a story, when well written and coupled with panel after panel of phenomenal art work that is both dark, gritty and captivating can make me feel. If you can't tell yet, I really enjoyed this comic.

The story opens in 1935, Manhattan and everything from the first four panels tempts you with it's overwhelmingly dark and gloomy feel. We see a man (who we can guess is Frank Castle,) seated at the edge of a bed listening to old-time radio. Once I realized that Tieri would be utilizing the old-time radio mystery broadcast that is used in the scene to set the "noir" mood in addition to it being a third person omniscient narrator, I cracked a smile. The introduction was superb. The transition to the back-flash is effortless, and we meet Frank Castle's father, who we learn to have been the first Punisher as well as the obvious motivation for Frank's beliefs and values. The following scenes depict him during World War I, where he is reminiscing and speaking to his wife who we discovery has evidently passed away.

This is not the story of Frank Castle's father (even though he is present for a great portion of the total number of pages, and was in fact the primary narrator in the story), but really about Frank Castle. It is a look at who he is as a character and it delves into his father's character for motivation.

The art and writing complement one another perfectly, and I would recommend the book to anyone with an affinity for "noir."  I am really looking forward to the next issue.
41 Comments
Posted by Bio Guyver

Punisher!!!
Posted by The Psyentist

Dang. I think you almost sold it to me! It sounds great!

Posted by FoxxFireArt
NOIR seems to be Marvel's new favorite word. They add it to everything now. Even Jamie Madrox of X-Factor is saying it constantly.

I like the more muted color tone. It fits the feel for the era. It almost has a Sin City-esque type of feel. Grim and gritty with a bit of color.
Posted by No_Name_
@The Psyentist said:
" Dang. I think you almost sold it to me! It sounds great! "
Key word,  "almost"! :(
Posted by The Psyentist
@Babs said:
" @The Psyentist said:
" Dang. I think you almost sold it to me! It sounds great! "
Key word,  "almost"! :( "
Only "almost" because I have so little money...
Posted by MonicleMonkey

so does this issue edit anything from Punishers original origins or does it just kinda explain the Punishers code of ethics?

Edited by MrCipher

@Anybody 

Noir is one of my favorite genres. That era was so crazy! I know that there is a Daredevil Noir series out there. Does anybody know if there was a review for that?

@Babs

 
I think that review sold me on Punisher Noir as well Babs, thanks. Gonna have to run out and get it. 
 
@FoxxFireArt 
I hope that "Noir" doesn't become the new buzzword for Marvel. Would totally ruin it for me if it becomes catchy and cool to refer to things as "Noir".
Posted by No_Name_
@The Psyentist said:
" @Babs said:
" @The Psyentist said:
" Dang. I think you almost sold it to me! It sounds great! "
Key word,  "almost"! :( "
Only "almost" because I have so little money... "
I feel your pain :(
 
 
@MonicleMonkey said:
" so does this issue edit anything from Punishers original origins or does it just kinda explain the Punishers code of ethics? "

From what I read of the story, I think they do change it. Kind of like an else-world's story?
 
@MrCipher said:
"

@Anybody 

Noir is one of my favorite genres. That era was so crazy! I know that there is a Daredevil Noir series out there. Does anybody know if there was a review for that?

@Babs

 
I think that review sold me on Punisher Noir as well Babs, thanks. Gonna have to run out and get it. 
 
@FoxxFireArt 
I hope that "Noir" doesn't become the new buzzword for Marvel. Would totally ruin it for me if it becomes catchy and cool to refer to things as "Noir". "

I'm glad :)
Posted by cascadeking09

i cant stand folks that sleep nekked

Posted by The Psyentist
@MrCipher said:
"@FoxxFireArt 
I hope that "Noir" doesn't become the new buzzword for Marvel. Would totally ruin it for me if it becomes catchy and cool to refer to things as "Noir". "
I have Vanilla Noir body wash. Seriously, that's what it's called.
Posted by MrCipher
@The Psyentist:
absolutely hysterical, thats great!  
Thanks for the laugh Psyentist
Posted by MonicleMonkey
@Babs:
ok, thanks, yeah they seem to change around his origins alot, i guess they are able to just because he doesnt have any actual superpowers, so i guess as long as they keep it about the same its ok, sounds like a great first issue though
Posted by FoxxFireArt
@MrCipher said:
 @FoxxFireArt 
" I hope that "Noir" doesn't become the new buzzword for Marvel. Would totally ruin it for me if it becomes catchy and cool to refer to things as "Noir". "
That's a concern I'm having with their gross overuse of the word. Kind of like several years ago they had all those 2099 titles.
 
@The Psyentist said:
" @MrCipher said:
"@FoxxFireArt 
I hope that "Noir" doesn't become the new buzzword for Marvel. Would totally ruin it for me if it becomes catchy and cool to refer to things as "Noir". "
I have Vanilla Noir body wash. Seriously, that's what it's called. "
Words can have many different meanings when you change the context. Especially, when it can involve different languages. In Japanese a single kanji can at times have different meanings.
Though kind of a weird name for a body wash. I've never heard of black vanilla.
Posted by The Psyentist
@FoxxFireArt said:
"@The Psyentist said:
" @MrCipher said:
"@FoxxFireArt 
I hope that "Noir" doesn't become the new buzzword for Marvel. Would totally ruin it for me if it becomes catchy and cool to refer to things as "Noir". "
I have Vanilla Noir body wash. Seriously, that's what it's called. "
Words can have many different meanings when you change the context. Especially, when it can involve different languages. In Japanese a single kanji can at times have different meanings.
Though kind of a weird name for a body wash. I've never heard of black vanilla. "
Neither have I...but it smells good.
Posted by CATMANEXE

@Babs:
 
its always the weird left field books that surprise us isnt it. i got that and im going to read it later tonight.
 
BTW: you should wear a grossgender Punisher Noir costume, that would be swank.

Edited by MysterioMaximus

I’ve been really interested in the Noir series, but I’m not sure if I should give it a go. I can’t remember books they’ve even made. Spider-Man, Daredevil, now Punisher. Am I missing any?     
 
And I've been describing things as noir for a decade. It's not a new term.  =P

Posted by CATMANEXE
@cascadeking09 said:
" i cant stand folks that sleep nekked "
prolly best not to check on nekkid pee-pole while their sleeping.
Posted by kneel before doom

correction, in the beginning it's not Frank Castle, it's his dad.

Posted by No_Name_
@kneel before doom said:
" correction, in the beginning it's not Frank Castle, it's his dad. "
Pardon? Which part? It goes from Frank->Dad-> Frank and Dad
Posted by kneel before doom
@Babs said:
" @kneel before doom said:
" correction, in the beginning it's not Frank Castle, it's his dad. "
Pardon? Which part? It goes from Frank->Dad-> Frank and Dad "
The first page of the comic, it's 1935 and we all know that FC didn't become Punisher after Vietnam which is in the 70's, so there is so way it could be Frank, must be dad.
Posted by Bruce Vain

First, that hairstyle looks good on you Babs. Even if it was getting in your face. Lol 
 
I cannot wait to read this, for someone whose not a big Punisher fan but loved this book tells me that it's defintely a great read. This is probably the only marvel Noir book that is worth picking up. Accept maybe the Spider-Man Noir , THAT I heard was good.   
 
Punisher is a great character who sometimes isn't handled correctly. Ennis is really the only guy to me who truly understands the character and brought him down to basics. I recommend you read Punisher :Born  Babs. It explains alot about Castle from when he did his tours in 'Nam and explains why he's able to do what he does and not die. Now I must warn you it is gory but still a great story nonetheless.
 
Thanks for this great review and hopefully you'll grow into becoming a Punisher fan.
Edited by No_Name_
@kneel before doom said:

" @Babs said:

" @kneel before doom said:
" correction, in the beginning it's not Frank Castle, it's his dad. "
Pardon? Which part? It goes from Frank->Dad-> Frank and Dad "
The first page of the comic, it's 1935 and we all know that FC didn't become Punisher after Vietnam which is in the 70's, so there is so way it could be Frank, must be dad. "
This story isn't canon. It also doesn't match up with any of "The Punisher's" back story. It's a "noir" tale. Did you read it?
Posted by Quintus_Knightfall
@kneel before doom said:
" @Babs said:
" @kneel before doom said:
" correction, in the beginning it's not Frank Castle, it's his dad. "
Pardon? Which part? It goes from Frank->Dad-> Frank and Dad "
The first page of the comic, it's 1935 and we all know that FC didn't become Punisher after Vietnam which is in the 70's, so there is so way it could be Frank, must be dad. "
Its "Noir." Its not in continuity.
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Posted by Darkchild

Im glad someone reviewed this because ive really wanted to read some of the NOIR issues but never gotten a good take on them. Thanks babs.

BTW off the wall comment

I remember you itnroduced me to Basilisk, thiers a movie called Shinobi based of the same book Baslisik was its pretty freaking awesome. Thought id give you a heads up

Posted by Churchill
@MysterioMaximus:   There's a Wolverine Noir.
Posted by No_Name_
@Darkchild said:
"

Im glad someone reviewed this because ive really wanted to read some of the NOIR issues but never gotten a good take on them. Thanks babs.

BTW off the wall comment

I remember you itnroduced me to Basilisk, thiers a movie called Shinobi based of the same book Baslisik was its pretty freaking awesome. Thought id give you a heads up

"
Your welcome! It's a great book.
 
@Bruce Vain said:
" First, that hairstyle looks good on you Babs. Even if it was getting in your face. Lol  I cannot wait to read this, for someone whose not a big Punisher fan but loved this book tells me that it's defintely a great read. This is probably the only marvel Noir book that is worth picking up. Accept maybe the Spider-Man Noir , THAT I heard was good.    Punisher is a great character who sometimes isn't handled correctly. Ennis is really the only guy to me who truly understands the character and brought him down to basics. I recommend you read Punisher :Born  Babs. It explains alot about Castle from when he did his tours in 'Nam and explains why he's able to do what he does and not die. Now I must warn you it is gory but still a great story nonetheless. Thanks for this great review and hopefully you'll grow into becoming a Punisher fan. "

Thanks! I'll add it to the many books I have promised myself I must read :)
Posted by CATMANEXE
@Babs said:
" @kneel before doom said:

This story isn't canon. It also doesn't match up with any of "The Punisher's" back story. It's a "noir" tale. Did you read it? "
kind of like 1602 in other words.
Edited by Dr. Chaos

Wow this looks Great for a Punisher comic!!

Posted by Korg
@MysterioMaximus said:
"  I’ve been really interested in the Noir series, but I’m not sure if I should give it a go. I can’t remember books they’ve even made. Spider-Man, Daredevil, now Punisher. Am I missing any?      "
Wolverine, The X-Men, and Luke Cage.
Posted by MJ Styles

I have to say, all-in-all I've been enjoying Marvel's Noir line!

Posted by Lex Diamonds

Great review ,  I want to buy it asap.   Sounds incredible,

Posted by Nova`Prime`

After reading your review Babs I have to say I might have to check this comic out. I started collecting the XMen Noir ones but I just couldn't get into it. But I've always been a fan of the Punisher. The Noir collections seems to have alot more potential then the 2099 series did. But I have to agree I hope they don't beat it into the ground. With all the titles they have they can probably stop and just do those. No reason to give every character a Noir.
 
Although I wonder what Iron Man would look like back then? *sees those armored guys from TLoEG*

Posted by goldenkey

looks like Babs in a tub.
Posted by ernie_aka

Isn't the concept Punisher Noir a little bit redundant? Well, where I'm from Noir stories haven't been published yet, so I don't really get the concept. As far as I know/understand is like black cinema stories, isn't it?

Posted by No_Name_
@goldenkey said:
" looks like Babs in a tub. "
keep dreaming, cutie ;)
Posted by Media_Master

I haven't been a fan of the Punisher since he premired in Amazing Spiderman. 
 
Now I'm more interested to read Noir Punisher than the current Punisher!!!

Posted by Thespirit

all i have to say is i have so many frigging comics to get ........

Posted by Dark Cell

  
Omg just how old is Punisher now??? (I mean his physical age)    

Posted by LP

Well this sounds like a perfect issue. =) Noir is one of my favorite stuff too.
No money to buy it though.... =(

Edited by Donovan Montgomery
@Dark Cell:
Frank was in Veitnam + to now = his age, lol 
 
These Noir stories are kinda "What if..." type stories so...... 
 
@Babs: 
Thank you so much for the review, now I know this title is worth picking up for me :- D 
 
And to all you 2099 haters:  it was one of the best execution of an idea Marvel has done, that and MC2. 
They made comics enjoyable again.
Posted by SwaggaB0y

your make up is nice I had to say it.