The first thing that strikes you about Frank-Castle #21 is Dan Brereton's artwork. He's probably the most underrated comic book painter out there, and here he lives up to his reputation as modern day pulp incarnate. He does a gorgeous job with Franken-Castle on Monster Island. The story is solid, but starts to wear towards the end. Remender get to his "out" quickly enough, and spends the rest of the issue showing Castle's struggles with the Bloodstone. The appearance by Else Bloodstone is welcome, as she always is, but it feels like the story achieved everything it set out to do with some page space to spare, and thus starts to drag for the last few pages before finally getting to its ending. Also, Frank's first person narration is fine, but really gets distracting in parts.
The back up story reestablishes the status quo of The Punisher. He's back to killing thugs on the streets in his traditional uniform, and he does so with some gusto. It's always good to see Frank Castle doing what he does best, and we'll obviously be doing more of that.
My score: 8. A solid enough comic book with a good resolution, elevated by wonderful artwork.
The witness said Mr Brown then called out to Ms Hay's adult daughter: "Look at this, I'm tittie-f***ing your mother!".
Jude Terror 12:19 AM
I put my dick in one of the bagels once.