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Marvel Universe Vs. The Punisher #1: Review

Aug 2010
Jonathan Maberry, Goran Parlov

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Last Gun on Earth

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3 stars

Marvel Universe Vs. The Punisher #1 Review by (December 21, 2022)

Review: Ugly, nasty offering is a rehash of MARVEL ZOMBIES, despite Reed Richards telling us there is a big difference between zombies and cannibalistic predators. It comes out the same. The big difference is that here we have a central protagonist, the Punisher, who comes off as an outright villain, which leaves us no one to root for until Mary Jane arrives in issue #3 and we don’t really see that much of her after that. And why are we treated to two histories of the rise and spread of the disease in issue #1? Seems that the whole thing could have been completed in one sitting and the additional detail of Castle’s infection coming up later. And how is Hulk killed so easily? Multiple Deadpools appear across the story which isn’t always a good thing. After all the death and carnage plus some body horror, we learn a Valuable Lesson: Punisher isn’t a good guy. Which we knew all along.

Comments: This reality is called Earth-11080. Characters seen in flashbacks include: Spider-Man, Rhino, Fantastic Four, Reed Richards, Blob, Daredevil, Captain America, Wolverine, Invisible Woman, Franklin and Valeria Richards, Thing, Thor, Hercules, Ares, Beast, Hank Pym, and Barack Obama. Dead characters on final two-page spread: too many to list.   


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Universe Vs. The Punisher #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In the desolate New York City, Punisher tracks down and kills Deadpool—for the 33rd time; this time he thinks dismembering the Merc and burying the parts in widely separated locations will keep him from coming back….

Punisher (Frank Castle) relates how it all began: with Spider-Man battling the Rhino and reaching Madison Square Garden during a Rangers game. Spidey took down the bad guy—and then bit into his throat and drank his blood. The Fantastic Four captured him and Reed Richards analyzed him and found Spidey to have been infected with a pathogen that turned him into a cannibalistic predator. Over the following days increasing numbers of people showed the same infection and the same outcome: vicious murder. By the time it was recognized it was too late. People panicked. Superheroes tried to fight the monsters but succumbed themselves. Infected heroes formed tribes and preyed on the dwindling uninfected populations or fought one another for territory. And the Punisher hunts the predators in the desolate city….

Hunting for “Zero” (Spoiler: it’s Spider-Man a/k/a Patient Zero), Castle finds a message from his quarry: an uninfected man dead, murdered as a clue for the vigilante….

Punisher then explains how he came to be immune: Russian gangsters smuggled into New York what they thought was a bioweapon, instead it was a gene therapy that would enable the recipient to survive in extreme conditions. The gangsters were carrying vials in their pockets so when Punisher gunned them all down, the virus was released and Castle received an extra-large dose, making him immune to any illness. The pathogen found its way into the water supply and spread throughout the world before Spider-Man turned and it was too late….

And now, Zero has let Castle know there are more survivors out there and is challenging him, a challenge the Punisher can accept, standing in his lair full of dead heroes’ heads mounted on stakes….

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Goran Parlov
Goran Parlov
Lee Loughridge
Goran Parlov (Cover Penciler)
Goran Parlov (Cover Inker)
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Letterer: Cory Petit.


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