So, today, Issue #2 of The Punisher, written by Greg Rucka, came out (http://www.dailyblam.com/news/2011/08/18/exclusive-preview-marvel-comics-punisher-2). We are still early in a serious plot arc, but the character work, as well as the art, is outstanding. I have yet to see any critical reviews, but my short review is, if you liked and were intrigued by Issue #1 (and you should have been and if you don't have it go and GET IT!) then this will keep you going. However, there is no quick payoff, this is a slow-burn story. We are in the middle of things and this issue ends in a cliff-hanger. The action is furious but the meaning is only coming to us slowly. Fortunately, Issue #3 is out on September 7. The bad news after that is that Issue #4 is not scheduled until October 5. Still, The Punisher is expertly working his way through the small fry bad guys on his way to the big fish, and it is an amazing character driven and artistically magnificent ride.
Check it out!