I'm a well read grad student who's bluntly honest about all things, although I try to be most honest about myself.
This is a Frank Castle set in a pre-WWII era - or at least before the US got involved in WWII. (Or at the very least, there is no mention of WWII in this issue, so it's, at the very least, set in a time when Frank doesn't have to worry about that right now.) He is a veteran, however, and his wife has passed away; he's trying to raise a half-Jewish, half-Italian boy in a time when that isolates him. He sees his son slipping further and further into crime-laden streets and into the thrall of those punk children who go around thieving and pranking and getting into general no-good-things.
And I joke, but this manages to get into the feel of this era, while maintaining Castle's background. So far, the Noir series has just been a lot of fun. I love AUs like this, and I hope to continue this series soon.