All my life people tried to teach me from right and wrong, but never about the true meaning of Justice. I mean there are all these rules of live and let live or just walk away from a confrontation. If you live in NYC and want to walk away from a confrontation; that would usually lead you to become a victim of a sucker punch. My Uncle is a big fan of The Punisher and I can respect that because Frank Castle was a man that followed the rules, but that road lead to his family’s death. This time around Castle has messed up a S.H.I.E.L.D operation that might have been more than he expect, but he doesn’t care and that means not even the Black Widow can shift his form of Justice. In the end will this all end in a blood bath? Welcome to my review of Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and The Punisher.
This time around Director Fury is “insisting” the aid of the Punisher to help them take down a terrorist group known as Leviathan, who has taken some S.H.I.E.L.D tech for some evil deeds. This time around Castle has a parole officer named Natasha a.k.a The Black Widow, who is skilled in many forms of hand to hand combat and knows how to lustfully capture a man’s heart after ripping it out if, need be. It takes them on a deadly journey where they not only have to worry about a heavily guarded compound, but can they be around one another without trying to take each-other out? It has to come with a compromise somewhere, but that’s all I can say without spoiling the whole plot which will be worth watching.
If you have been following the anime version of Marvel series, Avengers Confidential follows up with the story-line but this time putting both Frank and Natasha on the front lines. The art style is by far my favorite in the anime series and really shows a dark Punisher than I have ever seen in animated form. Both Shimizu and Hirota brings us some gritty battles and amazing combat leading to a huge climax that will leave you saying, “Damn!” throughout the whole experience. That also leads to the dialogue which has the voice talents of Brian Bloom (The Punisher) and Jennifer Carpenter (Black Widow). Both actors really sell the fury of both trained killers. It gets a bit mushy later on, but not between whom you think. There is a special guest appearance of fellow heroes, but some of the art on the designs were hit and miss. I would say Hawkeye could have gotten a better look, but Thor and Hulk looked badass.
I have been enjoying most of the anime version of Marvels famous heroes, but this by fair has been my favorite because you hardly see that many animated appearances of The Punisher and the added bonus of Black Widow getting more of the spot light is great. The latest live action Marvel movies might be the cause of this extra exposure to some of the other heroes and I think that is a good thing. These are two characters that have natural abilities in a world of super powered beings and mutants; yet they can hold their own against the best of them which is great. I am hoping we can get a stand-alone origin story of both characters in the near future, but I know that is asking a bit much.
Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and The Punisher is a great espionage spy action adventure that will have your inner comic enthusiast asking for more of this nature. I wouldn’t mind seeing a mix up of Hawk-eye and Catpain America on a mission or Black Widow and Mocking Bird if at all possible. It was like watching secret files that blended well and seeing Nick Fury is always a great strong character to have. In the bonus features you will get a featurette called “The Vigilante Vs. The Spy“, which is a short giving you a dark origin of both characters in their complex and deadly past. The other bonus is “Espionage and Punishment” which involves story board art leading to the transfer to the anime style, which is great for fans of the how to. In the end the I give this story a 4.5 out of 5 and would make a great addition to your anime collection. The Blu-ray will go for $17.99 and the DVD $14.96. Avengers Confidential: Black Widow and The Punisher will be released on March 25th of 2014. Thank you all for checking out my review and I hope you all enjoyed. Stay frosty true believers!
Director: Kenichi Shimizu
Story: Marjorie Liu
Screeplay: Mitsutaka Hirota
KKEnt’s Rating: 4.5 out of 5