Hello, comic book fans. I'm Eugene Morton, one of the AOTS web producers and a die-hard comic book fan for a very long time. This space is usually reserved for nerd queen, Blair Butler, but I'll be contributing to this section of the site on a more frequent basis (not that Blair is going anywhere), giving you my take on what's happening in the world of comics, telling you what new books I love and offering all-around commentary on what I believe to be the greatest of all art forms. That said, let's get right into it, with my first suggestion for comic books you should pick up, Punisher #1.
I've personally always found The Punisher to be one of the more boring characters in the Marvel Comics corral. Don't get me wrong, I love violence and bloodshed as much as the next guy and I understand that you don't have to wear a cape, sling a shield or shoot webbing to be interesting. However, the "find mob boss or street thug, kill mob boss or street thug" formula just seemed kind of boring to me. That said, I'm a convert to the cult of Castle and I'll tell you why you should be too.
If you've been paying attention to what's going on in the Marvel U, post Secret Invasion, you're aware that S.H.I.E.L.D. is done with, Tony Stark (Iron Man) is ruined and the psychopath, Norman Osborn has become the most powerful guy in the world. Of course, the supposed savior of humanity is as demented as ever, Green Goblin mask or not, and has decided to exploit his position to form an evil cabal with the likes of Dr. Doom, Emma Frost (White Queen), the new Kingpin of Crime, The Red Hood and Namor, the Submariner (the driving forces behind Marvel's new Dark Reign saga). Who could possibly withstand against such a villainous organization, The Avengers? Yeah, probably some formation of The Avengers, but we're not talking about them now. The answer I was looking for is "The Punisher."
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