Murdering with Punisher and ElektraPosted: 12/09/2012
In Punisher comics, writers tend to use noir-like text boxes to show Frank Castle’s thoughts, since the guys mainly communicates in grunts and bullets. Keep track of all the dialogue today: the Punisher speaks eleven words, which is usually the minimum Spider-Man says every single time he opens his mouth.
Today, we’re checking 0ut Punisher #27, volume 4, written by Garth Ennis and drawn by Tom Mandrake. Ennis would later go on to write the Punisher Max series, and I’d be lying to say that isn’t one of my favorite collections of all time. Read it if you care about yourself. And are over 18 — it’s saucy. Anyway, Castle’s having a normal night. Tracking criminals during the day, blowing their brains out at night.
Until something different happens.
Meet Elektra, the former lover of Daredevil and quite possibly the most dangerous assassin in the world. She costs a bijillion dollars a kill and can stand up to superheroes and villains of all powers and abilities. If Elektra shows up, someone’s about to be dead — that seems to be the general consensus in the Marvel universe.
Back to our story, let’s not jump to conclusions. Both the Punisher and Elektra are certifiable killers, and it’s not crazy to believe they’re after the same target. Plus, the Punisher saves a bullet, especially useful considering he doesn’t have a day job or income or friends. Chalking it up to chance, the next day Castle heads off to cap his next target.
Elektra’s been trained by The Hand ninja cult, which likes to get up close and sharp with their enemies. See all those limbless and headless dudes? Probably a good sign Castle lost the race.
Since Castle’s just a normal non-powered old man, he relies heavily on strategy and planning. And while the guy can take a bullet or five more than you and I can using just sheer willpower, he’s survived for so long by playing smart. Elektra showing up twice sets off a few alarms and he doesn’t understand what she’s trying to say. But whatever it is, the message is loud and clear:
The mystery thickens to the inevitable conclusion, because eventually Castle’ll get the jump on the ninja lady. Well, at least tie. Finally, he’s after Skinny Vic Strega, a bad dude with an ironic nickname.
Buckle in, because time to this wrap baby up. No way out except the window, and the Punisher has that way covered. Whatever game Elektra’s playing, it’s game over now. The two can sit down and sort this out once and for all. Or a bloody ninja fight. One of the two.
C’mon, that’s pretty funny for the Punisher. Though I bet Elektra has a way to kill him with a human heart. Maybe suffocation or toxins or something. I dunno, I’m not a scientist. Oh, and why has she been messing with him the whole week?
There you have it. When a super wealthy ninja gets antsy, she fools around with vigilantes to keep herself entertained. Maybe we’re all better off with comic books being fiction. Plus, Marvel’s New York City gets blown up once a month.
As Elektra and Punisher part ways, our hero stumbles upon some last minute thoughts. Dangerous thoughts, and the entire reason I picked this issue.
Who says the Punisher doesn’t have a type?