Here's an explosive matchup made in comic-book heaven, with Frank Castle's The Punisher colliding with Wade Wilson's Deadpool, battling it out in the paneled pages of Marvel's new Deadpool versus The Punisher. Marvel announced this crazy, combustible series this week, and revealed the creative team of writer Fred Van Lente with artwork by Pepe Perez. Tossing these two bullet-crazed vigilantes together in one solo title seems like a no-brainer and it will be fascinating to watch the spectacular sparks fly when this book drops in April of 2017.
Absorb how Van Lente explained the dynamics of this wildcard duo to Marvel.com:
It’s a real peanut-butter-in-chocolate situation, and you take that compare/contrast and run with it. You put Deadpool in a gritty crime story and Frank in this kind of insane, manic world where Deadpool’s adventures take place, and you let them try and shoot their way out of it—and at each other!
"Oh, they do not like each other, particularly from their [Thunderbolts] days on the same team together. Wade thinks Frank is a stick in the mud while Frank thinks Wade’s healing factor has made him loud, sloppy and useless.
I mean, to me the gold standard for these kinds of “versus” comics is [Christopher] Priest and [Mark] Bright’s SPIDER-MAN VS. WOLVERINE, where the two characters have a genuine reason to go after each other; t’s not mind control, it’s not mistook-you-for-a-villain, both protagonists are each other’s antagonists for legitimate reasons the reader can relate to, and that’s where this new character The Bank comes in.
The Bank is a shadowy character who’s existed in the Marvel Universe for decades, but we’ve never heard of him before because he is very much off the grid—he’s as his name implies a money man, who handles offshore accounts for a variety of amoral-to-immoral characters and organizations.
He also happens to be one of Wade Wilson’s best friends, having known Deadpool before his Weapon X days, and so when Punisher decides to bring The Bank down, he’s got to go through Deadpool to do that, and you know what? Frank doesn’t really have a problem with that, since he doesn’t like Wade all that much anyway. There’s a bit more to it than that, but that would get into spoiler territory, so I will leave it there for now.
Arm yourself with anticipation and target this a peek at the first antagonistic cover.