Punisher #35-40 (1990): Jigsaw Puzzle

He’s running a drug ring through local gangs.  Lots of chaos and bloody violence ensues.

Jigsaw is working a black arts priest who is in league with Belasco, so there’s a supernatural element to this story as well, including that Jigsaw is killed and resurrected with an unmarred face…

…Which Punisher than thrusts into sharp sticks and brambles, turning him back into a scarred dude again.  “Say hello to your old face,” he says.

Belasco likes Pun’s style.

It’s a little much, but it’s cool.

The more interesting part of the issue involves Microchip’s relationship with Punisher.  We see Castle’s interior dialogue that he should be working alone rather than relying on someone’s help, and when he doesn’t get information he needs and confronts Microchip about it, Micro says he was building a video game based on Punisher’s missions.

Obviously, Frank’s displeased.  Even though he sure doesn’t know how to change his van into a plane.

I wish he didn’t use devices like that.


But he’s also a sensitive guy, reading a well-known self-help book and quoting Simon and Garfunkle in his inner dialog.

Yes, this is weird.


Creators: Mike Baron (scripts), William Reinhold (#35, 38, 40), Mark Texeira (#36-37), Jack Slamm (#39)
Grade: C

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