The Punisher season 2 has almost arrived on Netflix, bringing with it even more bloody fists and smoking gun barrels, but the critics seem to be at odds over the Marvel mercenary's second outing.
While some have praised Frank Castle's (Jon Bernthal) sophomore season as a "a blood strewn action thriller that fires on all fronts" and as "Marvel's best drama", others have criticised the pacing and claimed that it's a step backwards from the first season.
Here's a round-up of the early reviews.
"You hope this new travelling Punisher, torn between freedom and getting involved in people’s business for the questionable thrills, is a sign season two is a more loose affair than the admirable, if unremarkable first. What happens is the opposite, with the show sucking any exciting air out of the room with drab, leftover baggage from season one."
"This season of Punisher is a perfect example of what happens when you pay true honor to the source material you’re adapting. While there are season one threads that certainly bleed into this one, none of them are done so in a way so as to say “this is a continuation of the last story.” No, season two is a whole new Frank Castle adventure and all the better for it."
"A regrettable step back from something that was once more; more thoughtful, more dramatic, more considerate, and more relevant. It’s more in other ways - more action-packed, more brutal, more plot-driven - but without a core emotional anchor to hook into, the whole feels less than the sum of its exciting parts."
"What Marvel fans may object to the most is the fact that The Punisher Season Two is ultimately still just a stage-setting origin story. Even after all the bloody events of Daredevil Season Two and Punisher Season One, we're still watching Frank Castle's emotional turmoil about something that should've long been settled."
"Bernthal is as charismatic a character actor as he’s always been playing Frank Castle, and season 2 gives him even greater opportunity to demonstrate his range as Marvel’s iconic antihero."
The Punisher season 2 will be available to stream on Netflix on Friday, January 18.
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