The Punisher was the first time I encountered violence in a comic book; the sort of violence that you can’t help yourself but stopping and staring at. Frank Castle is a man who gets the job done and who you simple do not want to fuck with.
On May 4th, The Punisher is returning to the shelves from writer Becky Cloonan who did a marvellous (pardon the pun) job with Gotham Academy and Southern Cross (Southern Cross is fucking brilliant.. go buy it). Steve Dillon, the artist who convinced me that comicbook violence is a good thing carries on his legacy with this book.
Press release reads:
A routine drug bust on the streets of New York City turns out to be anything but. There’s a new drug hitting the streets. One that has the ability to create unstable super soldiers. As the threads begin to pull loose, the man behind the drug’s startling connection to The Punisher is revealed: An old associate from Frank’s military days! But as he follows the trail of drugs and digs deeper and deeper into the Northeast’s heart of darkness – it’ll be a fight for sanity and survival.
Becky Cloonan says “I try to look for outside inspiration in everything I do and this Punisher series is no different. My goal is to present a new take on Frank Castle but still have him ring true to the character.”
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