His final confrontation with Bullseye left Frank Castle wounded and reeling in more ways than one. Now confined to a prison hospital bed, Frank must begin the long painful process of healing – not just his broken body, but also his horribly scarred soul. To do that, he’ll have to face the darkest secret of his past – one he’d hoped would stay buried forever.
The Punisher survived the end of the previous arc, but now he’s in jail, and not exactly in great shape…
There’s a funny opening sequence where we see that, despite his condition, he still inspires fear among the prison populace. A group of prisoners plan to sneak in and kill him, but they’re not sure if he’s faking his helplessness or not. This arc is a bit of a switch from before, in that it’s more of a character-driven arc, not action-oriented (although there is a plenty of action in it). While recovering behind bars and then put in solitary, Frank reflects on his life and the choices he’s made. Through flashbacks we see him during his last days in Vietnam and then ater he returned back home. We see that his attempts to reconnect with his wife and children and adapt to normal civilian life do not go smoothly. And it all leads up to that fateful day in the park, where his family was killed. We learn exactly what it was that Bullseye figured out before, and which shocked Frank so much. Meanwhile, Frank still has enemies behind bars who want him dead.
I really can’t say much about this arc without spoiling it. Like I said, it’s a character-arc, Jason Aaron really gets deep into the mind of The Punisher, and shows us exactly what makes him tic. I find it fascinating and believe that longtime fans (and even new fans) of the Punisher will love this, and it’s all once again beautifully illustrated by Steve Dillon. Chacebook rating: FIVE STARS