It's been so long since I did a review on this site that I'm no longer featured on the main page. Brandon, who called upon myself and Vinson to keep this site stocked with new material, has been posting left and right while we have dropped the ball. With the Steelers season winding down and the Penguins season going down the tubes faster than you can say 'Stanley Cup Hangover', I think I might have a little more time to write reviews. I am a little behind on reading stuff because of the holidays so let's start with a comic that came out a couple of weeks ago.
A few years ago Garth Ennis brought back the Punisher in a storyline called "Welcome Back, Frank", which was probably the best Frank Castle story I have ever read. No more being a angel assassin or whatever the hell he was. It was back to basics, which meant Frank killing a bunch of mobsters in his usual and unusual manner. In that story, we were introduced to Ma Gnucci, the head of the Gnucci crime family that the Punisher set his sights on destroying. His war with the Gnuccis resulted in the family being wiped out and Ma seemingly dying in a house fire after she lost all her limbs and Castle punted her back into the burning building.
This limited series kicks off with a foot solider about to be executed for his inability to save his mob boss' son from an unfortunate accident at a local zoo. I won't ruin what happens, but let's just say it involves a strong monkey and a hungry ostrich. Charlie is about to take his whacking like a man when the Punisher intervenes in the only way he knows how. Turns out Charlie is the last surviving member of the Gnucci family and the Punisher wants some information.
While this is going on, the son of deceased vigilante the Elite is following in his father’s footsteps to rid the world of undesirable people and plans to begin with the man who killed his father, who just happens to be the Punisher. There is also the man hating lesbian, Molly Von Richtoffen, who might be losing her mind over her roommate dating members of the opposite sex. Apparently the Gnucci family had an Italian part of the family tree and now they are making a move to take over the East Coast. Since she was involved in the original investigation, she is tasked with this new case.
Frank wants Charlie to infiltrate the Italian Gnuccis and fed him intel. In order to do that, the Punisher will have to take out Charlie's old crew, the Alcenos, so Charlie doesn't get whacked before he can serve his purpose. While eyeing the Alceno crew at a backyard BBQ, the Punisher is stunned to see Pete Alceno's special guest arrives.
Who is the special guest? What is the Punisher going to do? Wanna know what happens next? Buy the book, available at Bent Wookee Comix located at 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!