This week we are going to review a Punisher comic storyline that will cause fans of the franchise to either be happy to talk about it or shun it with shame. I am always ecstatic to talk about Franken-Castle.
Rick Remender wrote the Volume 3 of Marvel’s Punisher comic in 2010. His run ran from issue 1 to the final issue 21 and there was a limited series Punisher: In the Blood that followed. He had several very talented artists helping him on these books which include: Jerome Opena, Tan Eng Huat, Tony Moore, Roland Boschi, John Romita Jr and Dan Brereton.
We will be talking specifically about the storyline that started in an Invasion one shot called: Dark Reign: The List – Punisher #1 and ran through issues #11 – 21 of the Punisher. This is know as the Franken-Castle storyline.
To sum up the story: Frank Castle AKA The Punisher is killed by Dark Wolverine AKA Daken (illegitimate psychotic son of Logan), Castle is then revived by Morbius, the living vampire to help defend the Legion of Monsters from the group called Hunters of Monsters Special Force lead by the fanatical Robert Hellsgaard. This is just the beginning of the story.
The storyline can be divisive based on how hardcore a fan you are of the Punisher. If you think Punisher stories should always be grim, gritty and realistic as possible then you are going to hate this story. But if you are like me, you know the Punisher lives in the Marvel Universe where crazy and insane things happen all the time so why can’t those nutty things happen to the Punisher? If you feel this way then you will love this story.
I broke this storyline down into 2 podcasts. It starts with this one 295 and will end next week with 296. In 295, I cover why Dark Wolverine killed Frank Castle, why Frank initially refuses to help Morbius and why he changes his mind and we get to know Hellsgaard a little. I will go into more detail on Hellsgaard in 296. There are spoilers in this and next week’s podcasts and I highly recommend you go purchase the trade paperback called Franken-Castle. I also go over a little writing history of Rick Remender and the Marvel characters he worked on from 2010 to 2012. I highly recommend picking these trades up as well.
Hello again and welcome back to Comics Misremembered. In this week’s podcast, we focus on The Boys. This comics was created by writer Garth Ennis and artist Darick Robertson. It originally came out in 2006 under the Wildstorm Imprint – this was Jim Lee’s imprint that was published through DC.
The Boys put out 6 issues under Wildstorm before it was cancelled. We explain the reason in the podcast. Luckily, it was picked up and published by Dynamite Entertainment for the rest of it’s run which ended with issue 72 (Nov. 2012).
Here are some of the covers of that run. The image on the far left is the cover for the 1st issue and it was also used when it when the first 6 issues were collected as a trade. The next image to the right is the newest recruit to The Seven – Starlight. Poor Starlight. We talk a little about her initiation into the Seven and it was nothing that she was expecting. The final image is of a mysterious man and his connection to all of the superheroes in The Boys universe. We don’t talk about him in this podcast but maybe we will talk more about him next week when we review The Boys TV show.
Jon only just started reading this comic when he heard Amazon was picking it up as a show. He was pleasantly surprised by it and wants to read all of the series. I originally read the series in issues when it came out.
We go over some of the story and characters that you will meet in the first 6 issue and there are no spoilers in this podcast but we do swear a bit describing some of the situations in the comic. Be warned!
See you next week as we talk about the show and how much of the comic were they able to use.
I teased that we will be reviewing a Punisher story this week. We decided to go back to his 1986 roots and review the 1st Punisher mini-series which will be later be collected and known as Punisher: Circle of Blood.
One of the things that make this mini-series great was Mike Zeck‘s artwork. His distinctive style will always be associated to the Punisher character. Most of the artwork from this series has been used on merchandise like posters, shirts, packaging, etc. In fact, here are some of the covers of the mini-series and a page from the interior work. You probably have seen this reproduced on other merch:
The other part that makes this a great story is the writer, Steven Grant. He started writing while working at Marvel and this was one of his first stories. He started strong with this series and would continue to write other Marvel titles like the Avengers and The Incredible Hulk.
Jon and I talk about what real world events influenced the creation of the Punisher and also where did the did he come from and who actually created the character.
We hope to talk about more Punisher stories in the near future.
I hope you are having a great Memorial Day Weekend. We are and by sheer chance of fate, we are doing a retroreview of a comic that takes place during the Vietnam War on Memorial Day Weekend.
This week we are reviewing the very excellent BORN (AKA Punisher: BORN) that was written by Garth Ennis with art by Darick Robertson (inks by Tom Palmer) and came out as a miniseries in 2003. It has since been collected into a trade paperback.
It is a look at Frank Castle (AKA Punisher) as a soldier in Vietnam. It gives a glimpse into the psyche of Castle to understand how a man can become a vigilante.
We start the podcast with a quick history of the Punisher character and the ups and downs of his comic series. We then move on to the review of BORN and also talk about some movies and TV shows that may have inspired the comic. Jon and I highly recommend that you pick up this miniseries if you are looking for something new to read even if you are a person that may have never read a Punisher story before. You will not be disappointed in this book.