Marvel’s Newest Punisher Series Makes a Massive Change to Frank Castle’s Story
The latest series that follows Marvel’s most brutal hero has just fundamentally altered the story of its main character, as Marvel’s newest Punisher series makes a massive change to Frank Castle’s Story.
Jason Aarons is one of Marvel’s most creative and ambitious writers, and with the fantastic work he’s been doing on the publisher’s latest Avengers Forever series, he has now shifted his focus to reinventing who is perhaps the most brutal character in Marvel’s pantheon: The Punisher.
And reinvent he has, as the debut of issue of the brand new series presents a massive change to Frank Castle’s story.
The team of Jason Aaron, Jesus Saiz, and Paul Azaceta are taking this brand new version of the character as an opportunity to rebuild and reimagine just who Frank Castle is, and just who he can be.
The issue begins with the similar incarnation of how we all know Frank Castle; the terrible and tragic death of his family, and the inciting incident that leads to the birth of The Punisher persona.
Yet, this new story leads readers throughout the journey of how Castle began withing with The Hand, an organization of mystical ninjas that believe the vigilante is more than just a warrior out for vengeance; they believe he is a part of, “a long line of the most exalted slaters from around the globe.”
The Hand believes that Castle is the rightful inheritor of the title of, “Fist of the Beast.”
It is by working with The Hand that will allow Castle to eventually unlock what is called the “Power of the Beast,” a potential new superhuman ability that awaits the hero.
However, in the final pages of the issue, Aarons and company announce a massive alteration to Frank Castles story; his wife Maria is very much alive.
Covered in scars from the attack that attempted their life, readers have left with the cliffhanger that Maria survive the attack, with further details hopefully awaiting us in the second issue of the run.
It is an interesting decision, but should do well in bringing more humanity to, at times sociopathic tendencies of Frank Castle, and could be a very intriguing development for his overall growth in the series.