Coming off the heels of “Daredevil” Season 2 on Netflix, is a new crossover event between the Man With No Fear and The Punisher from Marvel Comics.
The premise of this crossover event is simple. ADA Matt Murdock oversees the transfer of a notorious mobster from a New York City courthouse to a plane bound for Texas. Murdock heavily emphasizes that this transfer is to help the mobster as they can’t construct an impartial jury in the city. However, the mobster finds himself in the middle of the crosshairs of The Punisher. The result is a high-speed chase along the FDR Bridge to get the mobster on the plane. The Punisher isn’t the only adversary Daredevil and his partner, Blindspot, find themselves facing though.
The first few pages of the issue do a great job providing brief characterizations on Matt Murdock/Daredevil and Frank Castle/The Punisher. As I read, I got the feeling this was geared towards fans of the Netflix series who might be interested in the comics after binge-watching.This was perfect for me since I never read a Daredevil or Punisher comic before and am still very new to the comic book scene. This issue was easy to follow along though and the addition of another hero, Blindspot, was almost welcoming as a way to delve more into the Marvel Universe than I could get watching the shows. Blindspot serves as an interpreter for the reader, asking Daredevil questions to help elaborate the history of his relationship with The Punisher as well as their varying views on crime-fighting. There’s this fascinating moment where Blindspot goes so far as to say that The Punisher might be a good guy and he “goes out and catches the bad guys. Just like [Daredevil].” Daredevil immediately halts the narrative to emphasize that he and The Punisher are nothing alike. “Castle doesn’t catch the bad guys,” Daredevil says. “He kills them.” Thus we get to the iconic struggle between The Punisher and Daredevil that viewers can see in the TV series and comic fans know all about. I feel like this issue only touched the surface of their constant struggle about how to fight crime. I can’t wait to see where the discussion goes as the crossover series progresses.
Szymon Kudranski does a great job in sketching out the fights and chases, often occurring at the same time. I wasn’t lost in his images, but more mesmerized by how graceful he draws Daredevil, especially as Daredevil performs some fantastic tricks to get out of tight spots. Kudranski doesn’t limit himself to the panel lines, drawing outside the box. I felt this created a more intense comic, which worked perfectly. In contast, he’s very hard on The Punisher, giving him a darker look. However, I feel he drew the mobster even darker. I wonder if this is a hint that The Punisher might not be the bad guy of this special, but someone else. Soule confirms this is the case in his interview with Comic Book Resources.
I think this issue will help to draw in fans of the TV show curious enough to read the source comics. It does a great job explaining and connecting to what the average reader knows about the heroes. The comic also gives enough to make the story unique so that we aren’t simply reading a scene from the show.
I can’t speak for comic book lovers, but I think they’ll enjoy this too. It’s a very fun read.
I can’t wait for the next issue, “Judge, Jury and The Punisher,” coming out 6/29!
5 Mobsters out of 5