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At WonderCon today Marvel officially announced Space: Punisher, a miniseries that takes Frank Castle off world to “a larger universe that doesn’t need justice…it needs PUNISHMENT.” The comic imagines the Marvel Universe as a galactic crime saga with “wild twists on classic characters,” like a giant Hulk who’s the “Moby Dick of Space.” This sounds like fun; when I first saw the cover I was afraid it was headed into a similar bad idea territory as the “Avenging Angel Punisher” comics from 12 years ago, but the fact that this is out of continuity is a plus. And maybe he’ll get to shoot Greedo while he’s up there.
The four-issue miniseries, which kicks off in July, is written by Frank Tieri with art by Mark Texeira. This isn’t either creator’s first dance with Castle, as Tieri worked on Punisher Noir and Texeira drew issues of Punisher and Punisher War Journal back in the 1990s.