SPOILER WARNING: This article reveals storyline information from Marvel Legacy’s The Punisher #218 by Matthew Rosenberg and Guiu Vilanova, now on sale.
Nick Fury Jr. learned a very valuable lesson in the recent issue of The Punisher. Frank Castle added some new weaponry to his arsenal, and the start of issue #218 finds Castle punishing criminals in his typical savage style, eventually meeting up with Nick Fury Jr.
The director of S.H.I.E.L.D later gave the Punisher a dangerous mission in the country of Chernaya, where turncoat S.H.I.E.L.D agents were found meddling about. To clean up this mess, Castle needed the assistance of the War Machine armor, held by the U.S. government. However, Fury offers him the suit on two conditions. The first is to keep a low profile. The other is Castle’s safe return of the War Machine armor.
As to be expected from the Punisher, Castle’s brutal standards don’t measure up to Fury’s second condition. He breaks into the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility and steals the armor. After flying away, he’s quick to say “#$%& that” to Fury’s orders, grinning as he bolts away with his new armor.
Frank Castle is not the type of individual who takes orders well, as demonstrated in this latest issue. Although, it’s more than likely that he’ll adhere to at least one of Nick Fury Jr.’s requests and head to Chernaya. After all, he won’t let evil go unpunished, and with War Machine’s armor, Castle will be able to exact his vengeance globally. It will be an entertaining sight to behold when Fury and the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. attempt to take back the armor. Future issues of The Punisher are bound to be battle-centric and explosion heavy.