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Punisher #3 (of 4)

Comicscore Index
Generally favorable ratings

Based on 8 critic ratings.


Hunted down by the authorities, the Punisher must face down the one threat that cannot be stopped by bombs or bullets… the terrors inside his own mind. With an innocent life hanging in the balance, can the Punisher escape the Fearmaster’s deadly abattoir, or will his quest for vengeance be cut short just as his true enemy stands revealed?

Publication Date
Kindle Edition
Print Length
24 pages
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8 Critic Ratings & Reviews from:
  • 100

    Comic Watch

    In a smart move, Punisher #3 forgoes another bombastic, action-heavy issue in favor of a more restrained, introspective penultimate issue. Peposes script tackles what makes Garrison tick, using the high-concept elements of battling supervillains to expose the raw nerve of this new Punisher. That decision makes for a compelling read that affirms the characters journey to acceptance of the vigilante mantle. Watchers art balances that sense of confined interiors by altering the perceptions of backgrounds and the environment at large. Paired with the fluid coloring from Brown and the sometimes suffocating (in the best possible way) lettering by Petit, Punisher #3 makes the case for this being the best issue yet.

  • 100

    But Why Tho?

    Punisher #3 drags the vigilante into a myriad of horror stories. Part psychological thriller, part creature feature, and part slasher, the comic somehow gets even darker than the first two issues. It’s a display of masterful storytelling, with the various plot threads explored within the barbarity. The art has explored some terrific fight scenes as Garrison faces a horde of supervillains. With every new chapter comes something entirely different from the last, creating a refreshing first arc that makes each individual part engaging and unmissable.

  • 100

    Un Cómic Más

    Pepose continues to raise the level of suspense and action, as the plot that caused the death of Garrison’s family begins to be uncovered.

    Art has many textures and details that offer a gloomy and dramatic tone in a context of extreme violence and blood.

  • 95

    Nerd Initiative

    This issue settles this story into its groove as the characters get more profound and more fleshed out. They have found something great inside the artwork to match precisely what David is laying down, as this could be a championship-caliber team for Marvel.

    It has become a must-read monthly for me as it’s a thrilling tale of a man with nothing to lose.

  • 85

    Graphic Policy

    Absolutely fantastic action with a solid villain and what’s next looks awesome. This series really brings back a classic Punisher feel and is a must for fans of the character.

  • 80

    With Punisher #3 writer David Pepose has finally come into his own with this new character. Though the story itself continues to trod in similar arenas that a Frank Castle-led comic certainly would, a wrinkle is finally being made that makes it feel like its own thing as it plays with other characters and also gives them their own new face. Series artist Dave Wachter does his best work in this issue too, delivering some truly horrific imagery that would be right at home in a horror book just as much as it is here. This one is starting to go places, hopefully..

  • 75

    Caped Joel

  • 65

    Weird Science Marvel Comics

    Punisher #3 introduces two cool villains for the price of one, but the fast-paced, action-packed issue lacks setup, so it feels like a lot of throwaway action just to get to the next thing. The action is well done, and Fearmaster’s design looks great, but this issue acts as an incidental side quest, which shouldn’t be happening in issue #3 for a new character.

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