Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Daredevil/The Punisher #3

Daredevil/The Punisher, Issue #3 starts out with the Punisher surrounded by the police and Antonov being escorted to JFK airport by Blindspot and Daredevil.  Antonov is a high-ranking gangster who orchestrated a mass murder to get rid of one of his competitors, and he has a trial in Texas.  Frank Castle wants to kill him, but Daredevil and Blindspot have to protect him from not only the Punisher and the goons hired to help Antonov escape, but a man wearing the Soviet armor of the Crimson Dynamo.

This is the third issue in a neat, little four-issue arc.  In Issue #2, Daredevil is having thoughts that maybe Frank is right, and in Issue #3, Blindspot is putting those thoughts into words.  Daredevil has to overcome the temptation to let Antonov die.  I particularly like the introduction of a fourth super-powered agent in the Crimson Dynamo, forcing Daredevil and the Punisher to temporarily work together.

This is a dark comic, almost a noir superhero story.  Just leafing through it, I see a lot of black everywhere.  The three main protagonists have all had thoughts of just offing Antonov, and Castle is doing his damnest to do just that.  There's of course the superhero code, in which you never kill anyone, but that gets broken from time to time.  I'm wondering if this is one of those times.  At the end of Batman Begins, Batman says that his code of honor prohibits him from killing R'as Al Ghul, but it doesn't prohibit him from letting R'as die.  And of course, you have Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics, which state that a robot shall not through in action let a human being come to harm.  Right now, Blindspot and Daredevil are doing their best to keep Antonov alive, but that might change in the next issue.

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