Writer: Peter David
Captain Marvel is now ignoring Rick Jones' advice. He seeks out Frank Castle, the killer vigilante known as The Punisher, to learn about discipline. Marvel helps Frank track down a criminal using his cosmic awareness to read people's past and future. He uses the same power on the crook, which compels him to shoot his 8-year-old son. Frank kills the guy before he shoots the kid, but the kid doesn't know he was in danger. Marvel gives Frank a vision of his future and sees himself being tortured to death by the man the child will become.
Meanwhile, Rick Jones is looking for a way out of the Microverse. He visits a large person named Shinga Doon, and tells him the story of Marvel and The Punisher. Doon is about to tell Rick how to return home when he's suddenly killed. That's when Rick hears the voice of No One.
Sorry about the spoiler up there, but it really doesn't detract from the story. For those of you keeping score, 'Marville' #2 was worse than its #1. It features Rush Limbaugh jokes, which were old 8 years ago. The parodies of Iron Man and Black Panther in that story only show that even the president of Marvel doesn't read those books. 'Ultimate Adventures' #2 hasn't come out yet. So Peter David and 'Captain Marvel' are ahead and gaining speed. Jemas, just through in the towel. Don't cancel this book unless it falls below 200 on Diamond's list.
Everything I said about 'Captain Marvel' in my "I-Decide" article is still true here. Sotomayer's all-pencil artwork is majestic and animated. The shot of Rick Jones on page 3 is a great view. Marvel looks downright sinister on page 18. And the facial expressions on Castle on page 20 are textbook comic timing.
And Punisher fans should enjoy this too. Castle is in character the whole time. His reactions to Marvel's great powers and obviously unbalanced mental state are those of a cautious, experienced soldier. Jones' leaves the ending to the story ambiguous, so you can decide whether or not The Punisher would kill a child.
Peter David is Peter David. His stories always have a good balance of personality, humor, depth, and action. This series is darker than what I've usually seen from him, and he's handling it well. It may turn off fans of the previous series' normally light, humorous tone. But this disturbing look at an individual losing himself to power and visions of the future should appeal to a more mature crowd.
I am making this a regular purchase. The previous series was a little too silly for my taste. But I've always been a fan of comics that feature mortal men gaining god-like power. BTW, 'Marville' #2 takes a cheap shot at Peter David, depicting him as a homeless alcoholic. Low, Bill. Really low.
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