The Punisher: The Spider (#19, 1989) – Mike Baron

2 out of 5

A pretty loosely scripted filler issue, with Pun tracking down a generic drug dealer.  The quirk here is that his quarry takes him to Australia, but it’s not used for anything except to add ‘yobbos’ to the dialogue.  It’s unclear if the final showdown is lacking in energy due to Baron phoning in the script or guest artist Larry Stroman, whose wide characters and open panels offer very little sense of space and place, but either way, the inevitable shootout ‘tween Frank and his prey is a confusion of who’s doing what, and requires Frank to get out on a pretty lame bluff.

Baron’s got his ups and downs, of course, with this ish being one of the latter.