That article title is my own way of suggesting that, contrary to all expectations (assuming I had any, though such an assumption would be false), this new Punisher almost looks like the real thing. And by ‘the real thing’ I mean the character I will forever hold in mind having been first exposed to the guy through the Grant/Zeck four five issue miniseries published in the mid-’80s.

The great thing about The Punisher is that he’s so easy to ignore. So when there are one or two (depending upon your taste) shitty movie versions, nothing changes. A lousy Punisher flick is just another way for a few people to collect DVD residuals. No harm, no foul.

A good version, meanwhile, would just be cake. An unexpected surprise. Like a present out of nowhere. Not that I’m suggesting this reboot will be anything of the sort, but based on this picture…who knows?

Head over to Superhero Hype! to see the full-size version of this first view of Ray Stevenson in Lexi Alexander’s Punisher: War Zone.