Author Charles Soule, Illustrations Szymon Kudran, Reilly Brown, Jim Charalampidis
Daredevil/Punisher: Seventh Circle is part of Marvel’s Infinite Comics series. It was written for the digital format and it shows in the best way. The formatting is awesome.
Each panel is designed to be read on your phone or tablet so nothing is cut off or awkwardly segmented when you read it panel to panel. It moves fluidly and has a cinematic quality that I really enjoy.
I’m happy to see Marvel experimenting with this medium. Many of us probably read comics digitally either through Marvel Unlimited, Comixology, or various library apps. It’s nice to have comics written with those platforms in mind.
That being said, the actual content of this run of Daredevil/Punisher is pretty mediocre.
It does what every book does when it brings these two characters together. It gives them a conflict in which they are brought to argue about whether vigilantes have the duty to kill or not kill the bad guys.
Daredevil is a staunch opponent of killing. And as Matt Murdock, attorney at law, by day he believes they should be put to trial. He as an unwavering and honestly unwarranted faith in this system.
The Punisher kills. He’s one of the few Marvel characters who consistently kills the bad guys. He doesn’t struggle with this decision. It is not a moral crisis for him. He knows they’re bad and that they deserve it. So he does it.
In this particular story line they are both hunting down a bad guy. Matt Murdock wants to take him to court but is attempting to get a change of venue to bring him to Texas. Why Texas? Because that’s where the man will get the fairest trial? No, more likely because it’s a death penalty state.
Murdock is basically just taking the scenic route to the kill. The Punisher, Frank Castle, wants to just take the direct route and kill him now.
They butt heads over this as they do every time they cross paths. It’s easy to see both of their sides and I think that’s why this argument between these two characters is so effective. However, we’ve seen it so many times before. It’s stale.
I don’t need to see Daredevil and The Punisher pontificate to each other about who has the moral high ground anymore. That’s been done enough. Let’s get these two something new to do together!
I like that they have so much in common but just enough in opposition that they can never be truly friends or truly enemies. They have an intense mix of respect and resentment for each other.
In the hands of the right author this pair could really make for a strong book but when the same story keeps getting told it’s just dull.
3/5 daredevils and punishers and can’t we all just get alongs? 👿💀👿
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