Matt Fraction's (co-writer of the surprisingly good Iron Fist with Ed Brubaker) launch and run on Punisher War Journal has been less than flattering to the character to say the least. The issues contained in the first volume of the series found Frank Castle making his "return" to the Marvel universe in the midst of the Civil War, and now with Captain America dead, Frank reveals himself in a new Cap-inspired costume. If you can't tell already, the new uniform is laughable, as is the rest of the story contained in Goin' Out West, which finds Frank taking on the Bushwhacker. What really gets me about Punisher War Journal is that Fraction's take on the character is that of an insane zealot that has no method behind his madness. Granted, the Punisher has never really had a creative team to show the character at his full potential besides Garth Ennis in the acclaimed Marvel MAX series, but the character certainly deserves better than how he is depicted here. Ariel Olivetti's artwork, which was a bit of an acquired taste to begin with for some, doesn't fare any better here, and is sadly hard to look at in spots. No matter how much of a die-hard fan of the Punisher you may be, Goin' Out West is a laughable take on the character that is better off not read, and better off ignored.