It didn't happen this way. That's my story and I'm sticking to it. Soul crushingly depressing, but see how I cared about the characters enough to allow my soul to be crushed?
Waid set me up for the 'Viv is mortal' storyline, and I thought I was ready and I still was not. Man, I'm going to have to reread this one a whole bunch to really get it.
I kinda saw that ending coming, but not quite in the way it panned out. And that's going to be interesting. And I miss the old Viv.
Still, this was a pleasant surprise: tight, I cared about the things that happened to the characters, and no dumb, forced romance. Far, far better all around. Onto 674 now.
This feels timely, and also like old-school Punisher. When baby Nick Fury needs someone to clean up a mess he made in Chernaya, he turns to Frank Castle, luring him with the promise of killing soldiers who take - and follow - orders to murder children. In fact, Fury gives him the opportunity to go after the man giving the orders.
And the War Machine armor.
It gets as brutal as you'd expect. Hyperviolent, and yet the people doing these things are such bastards that when Frank declares that he wants to let them burn, I couldn't help but cheer him on.
And when they kill an old farmer that Frank had been protecting? Well, his plan is to go after their 'glorious leader' and kill him - and good for him! I was really worried about the new team, and now? Now I'm just beyond thrilled.