Rating: 3.5/5 –This Dynamic Duo Lacks the Dynamic.
by ComicSpectrum reviewer Adam Brunell
Sometimes I wish I didn’t feel compelled to finish a 5 issue series when I get a feeling of wanting to jump ship starting at issue 3, but I usually figure I’ll keep going because I’m half way in. I’m a fan of The Punisher and Deadpool, but this series did not do either character much justice. You would think Marvel Comics could come up with something close to how they delivered the Daredevil and Punisher crossover, but things came up short for me.
The idea behind this little series is that The Punisher is aiming to take out the financial institute of all the major criminal organizations. I guess one guy is the banker and broker for all these organizations and his name is Banks, and Frank Castle wants to take him out. The only issue with Frank’s plan is Deadpool, who seems to be not only a hired gun at times for the broker, but a family friend. In the first issue The Punisher’s plan goes south, he’s framed for killing Banks’ wife and only son. You find out in issue 2 that they are alive and well, but The Punisher is now hot on their heels to clear his name and get the information he needs to take down Banks. Writer Fred Van Lente provides some good dialogue for the characters, but the story is all over the place. Panels jump around a lot and I can’t help but look at some of the situations as more slapstick comedy than action packed adventure. Each issue declares a winner between Deadpool and The Punisher based on their method of how one tricks or takes down the other. Typically the winner is The Punisher, because his tactic is to shoot Deadpool in the head continuously because Frank knows it takes several hours for Deadpool’s memory to come back after he takes a bullet to the head. Seeing how The Punisher can die and doesn’t have fast healing like Deadpool, you can see how things become repetitive through these 5 issues pretty early on. Artist Pere Perez comes out on top with very good art, panels are splashed with great angles, and there is never a dull moment in the art department, but it wasn’t enough to elevate the series above a 3.5 for me.
Punisher vs. Deadpool felt rushed by issue #3 and it felt like the story could have had more to it, but everything felt crammed into the 5 issues by the end of the series. I love how Fred van Lente gives so much praise to both heroes in this series by providing details for each character, but ultimately it came out more like a bad setup for a sequel to the movie “Shoot ‘Em Up”. All in all, I feel like I should have just left this series on the shelf at the local comic shop after the first couple of issues and saved myself some money.
Reviewed by: Adam Brunell
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