Punisher vol 4: Up Is Down and Black Is White
Collection: Punisher #19-24 © 2005
Publisher: Max Comics © 2005
Writer: Garth Ennis
Artist: Leandro Fernandez
Colors: Dan Brown
Letters: Virtual Calligraphy’s Randy Gentile
The artwork of Punisher vol 4: Up Is Down and Black Is White by Leandro Fernandez is good, though it takes a few pages to get used to. Even with the addition of Dan Brown’s coloring, the art is very pencil-centric. What I mean is that the inks were done with a very light hand and the colors seem to only accentuate the original pencils, not take over the panel. It was refreshing to see a different style utilized by both of the artists to create this effect. I have seen others try this style and fall headlong into a style so artsy the characters were unrecognizable. But Fernandez and Brown do it perfectly. I really enjoyed it.
The story of Punisher vol 4: Up Is Down and Black Is White was great. But, to be fair, it was written by the immortal Garth Ennis, it is an impossibility that it could be bad. There has never been, nor will there ever be, a greater Punisher writer. Garth Ennis understands Frank Castle, down to every last nut and bolt that makes up the killing machine that is the Punisher. I particularly enjoyed getting to hear Frank’s innervoice. To read what goes on in that tactical and driven mind. He can actually be pretty funny if you have a dark sense of humor like I do.
Many people, hell, entire units have tried to take down Frank Castle and failed. He is the Tyger, an unstoppable force of nature, on a one-man-war to scrub New York clean with rivers of blood and a gun. But one man, Nicky Cavella, may have just figured out how to get inside Castle’s head, how to push him so far that he goes over the edge of sanity. Nicky Cavella might just be the man to take down the Punisher and all of New York might pay the price for it. Death and chaos run the streets and this time Frank might just go too far.
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