|PUNISHER #13 cover by Mike McKone|
Many have called Frank Castle a monster in the past, but now, they might have just cause.
Marvel's deadliest vigilante finds himself in all-new territory as the monstrous Frankencastle beginning in PUNISHER #11 on November 18, courtesy of writer Rick Remender and artist Tony Moore.
"Frank bit off more than he could chew this year," says Remender, referring to the Punisher's war against Norman Osborn and the Hood. "Which is the great thing about Frank: he's really just a sunny optimist at heart. When he sees a mission that needs doing he goes out to do it. He plans out some way to succeed, no matter the odds and he marches off to battle.
"I think he gave Norman and the Hood a hell of a run as well. However, Frank isn't a super-powered type fly-power-ray puncher; he's a super-crazy-type-soldier. With the kind of thunder he brought down on himself there was only one way for this to end-Frank in a bad place. In PUNISHER #10 we see the Hood take his shot at Frank. In DARK REIGN: THE LIST - PUNISHER #1 Norman takes his. In issue #11...well, whatever is left of him very likely shouldn't be."
The events of the past year will lead directly into the upcoming storyline.
"The new direction was born from what Norman does to Frank's body and what the Hood does to his mind," Remender explains. "Then, when they are done, we drop him down one of the strangest rabbit holes in the [Marvel Universe] and smack dab in the middle of something never before seen happening in the old Morlock tunnels."
"Frankencastle" will also allow Remender to push the character of Frank Castle in directions he's never gone before.
"One of my primary goals coming to the book was to help redefine or refresh Frank's motivations, to question what it is that drives this force of nature after so many years of losing his family," the writer relates. "Frank is a monster on the inside. He damned well has been through enough, so it's not hard to see why, but he's a monster all the same, and the next
|PUNISHER #12 cover by Mike McKone|
Given Castle's new status quo, readers can also expect him to face off against a number of new and different threats that he might not normally run into.
"Frank is out of the game," stresses Remender. "Out of the picture and totally 100% broken down. The threats he comes across are actually not directed at him specifically, but at some of the people he finds himself surrounded by."
The Legion of Monsters will play a role in the Punisher's new life, but Remender remained mum as to just how they get involved in this particular story.
"That would be telling," he teases. "It has a lot to do with the particular rabbit hole Frank falls down and what lives down at the end of it."
As Remender begins his second year on the title, he promises that fans can expect a very similar tone and feel to what he's established in the first storylines.
"Similar to this last year's worth of stories, PUNISHER year two will be a character story with a pulpy exterior," the writer vows. "I want to dig into Frank's brain, the stuff the Hood opened up. I want to pull it out and force this single minded monster to look at what it is, what he is, what he does and why. We will be seeing Henry and some of the other players prominently featured in year two for sure."
This storyline reunites Remender with artist Tony Moore, with whom the writer has a longstanding relationship.
"We always talk on the phone for hours and hours like school girls about the current project," shares Remender. "He aids me in the beats and I aid him in the visuals. A personal friendship between the artist and writer is a supremely invaluable component to making something special happen on
|PUNISHER #11 cover by Mike McKone|
"We enjoy working together, and when the work is a joy, the books are always well received I find. I don't really write scripts differently for him though. But by the time I write, we've chatted up the story on the phone so much we're both energized and have seen the movie play out in our minds. It's spooky how perfectly he nails the shots, exactly how I see them. Tony also has super ninja chops in the story department; he's got great instincts. He's among the guys I hope to spend my entire career working with. His pages on PUNISHER #11 will make it clear why that is. They will blow the brains out of your head holes."
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