Marvel’s new Punisher run seeks to redefine Frank Castle

Marvel’s new Punisher run seeks to redefine Frank Castle

The Punisher is coming back for another series, and this time Marvel is promising that it’ll be a redefining run, with Frank as the King of Killers.

A Punisher in the hand

As the Punisher, Frank Castle has become the most accomplished killer the world has ever seen. After a shocking secret pushes him to become the warlord of the Hand, he now serves the Beast, a role he’s been fated to fulfill. Tragedy, war, and rage come together as he takes up his sword and his new armor with the most notorious clan of assassins in the Marvel Universe. Will it mean an end for the Punisher? Or a whole new bloody beginning?

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This is maybe the biggest alteration of the Punisher character outside of the ill-fated ‘undead’ run. Yet it’s tough to look at what writer Jason Aaron is cooking up with derision, even as a long-time fan of the character. Maybe that’s because, even with the changes coming, it all still fits (more or less) with the classic Frank that we all know and love.

The publisher is promising not only a dark and violent run with this new maxi-series, but also one that’ll showcase “the definitive culmination of Frank Castle’s journey in the Marvel Universe to date, building on his past to reveal his inescapable future.”

“After writing the Punisher over the years, I’ve always been fascinated by the character of Frank Castle. What moments made him the Punisher, even before that fateful day in the park? And how far will he go to win the war that has consumed his life? Spoiler: as far as it damn well takes,” said Aaron. “This story is the destined next step in the dark and tragic evolution of Frank Castle, from troubled kid to heroic soldier to revenge-driven vigilante…to the duly anointed King of Killers. Believe me when I say, I am as excited about this story as anything I’ve ever written for Marvel.”

Jason Aaron

Punisher #1 launches this coming March, with Aaron onboard as writer and art from Jesús Saiz and Paul Azaceta.

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