Greg Rucka wraps up his run on The Punisher in strong style, and it looks like we’re saying goodbye to Rachel Cole-Alves. In the aftermath of the bloodbath and the death of Detective Bolt in #15, the NYPD are now well and truly gunning for Frank and Rachel like never before, and so they split up. Rachel turns herself, planning a ‘suicide by cop’, but she gets played by Frank. Not only did he remove the firing pin from her gun, but he also took out all of the police snipers surrounding her. I wonder why Frank did this? Is he protecting her? Or does he see her arrest as an even more fitting punishment? Basically, is Rucka portraying Frank as heroic or as a terrible monster? It’s the age old question of the character really, and I don’t think we’ll ever get an answer. I am surprised that Rachel survived though, and I reckon we will see her in War Zone. Rucka’s take on The Punisher has been a very strong one in my book, I liked how little the character spoke, and it was interesting to see the Marvel Universe from such a grimy, street-level perspective, this is very much a spiritual successor to Gotham Central, and as such, the best thing Rucka has written in a while (alongside Stumptown). Here’s hoping the upcoming mini-series is as strong as the ongoing was, the stakes are raised, but I think it will be.