Usually they're good about filling in the holes if you haven't read the series, which seems like a good marketing strategy since they give these away for free with the digital uploads of your regular comic purchases. This time, I had no idea what happened: Wolverine specifically mentions an incident with Jean Grey going into his head that kicks all this off, and I have no fragging idea what happened.
Overall, it didn't impact the heavily emotional and emotive story about Wolverine wanting to go back to the future he came from, to save the baby he didn't mean to abandon, but did when he left. The whole 'we won't help you to preserve the timeline' by all the magicians is both understandable and heartbreaking, especially since many of these are friends, many of whom he's worked with before.
Not sure I'll continue with this storyline, but it was a fun, free read. The problem is Marvel does enough stuff that I like that I have to weed out some excellent stories for the ones that strike me more, that fill an emotional or mental need I have.
I was just getting used to the one-shots, too, which gave me the immediate gratification of having a story started and finished within twenty pages. The benefit of longer stories is the bigger payoff, and Cloonan has proven herself adapt at both the one-shot and the longer stories.
The Face comes back, and he's more sadistic and powerful than ever. And he's calling The Punisher out to a duel to the death in public. I'm eager to see where this goes.
When people are being pushed in front of trains, The Punisher tracks the culprit - and his shrine - to where the homeless live right near the train tracks. It's a homeless vet who shows Frank where the murderer hides out - and it's the vet who helps The Punisher stop the rash of murders.
Becky Cloonan manages to make The Punisher extremely dark, incredibly violent - and yet there are heartwarming, even charming, moments. Small moments, but she manages to balance all the darkness by leaving me with a real 'awww' moment.
Love, love, love. This may be the best run on The Punisher so far.