(SPOILERS for both this issue and the second season of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix)

The first issue of Becky Cloonan and Steve Dillon’s new run on The Punisher is the first take on the popular character since Jon Bernthal’s recent portrayal of him in Marvel’s Daredevil, and it shows.

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First we have Frank Castle’s physical appearance. Someone picking up this comic right after watching the Netflix series would be forgiven in believing that the artist choose to transfer Bernthal’s appearance in the show directly onto the comic panels. Frank’s flat-top haircut is more like the one Jon sported in the show that any other depiction of the character so far, and this post-Secret Wars Frank is visibly the youngest that he’s been in years, made more obvious by the fact that he’s drawn by Punisher veteran Steve Dillon; in Dillon’s infamous Punisher run with Garth Ennis, Frank was a grisled, permanently-scowling veteran with bulging muscles and skin almost as pale as the skull on his chest. Here, The Punisher is a lean apex-predator sporting a youthful tan and an emotionless face.

Fans of the show will also feel comfortable with the flow of the story being told. The first issue begins right in middle of a violent game of cat-and-mouse between The Punisher, the DEA, and a ruthless new crime-lord named “The Face,” who’s peddling a new steroid-like drug that turns anybody it touches into a killing machine. Also hovering behind the scenes is the shadowy military group Condor, with ties to The Punisher’s past that, once again, will make fans of the Netflix series feel right at home.

Overall, the first issue is successful both as a return of Marvel’s most violent hero and as a starting point for readers who have Bernthal as their first exposure to the character. Becky Cloonan’s solid plotting and dialogue make the comic feel fresh, while the return of Steve Dillon is a nice tribute to The Punisher’s past.

The teaser for issue #2 shows The Punisher sitting in a bullet-riddled diner (another reference to the show), so it looks like readers are going to be run through the gauntlet of the full Frank Castle experience.

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