The Punisher may be better known for murdering the killers and criminals of Marvel's Universe, but now that the War of The Realms has come to Earth... Frank Castle has upped his game. By becoming one of the most lethal troll-hunters alive, of course.
That's the story being told in the three-part miniseries War of The Realms: Punisher, giving the titular antihero a mission tailor made for his brutal skills. As the Avengers try to fight off the invading army led by Malekith and his Dark Elves, and Thor gets more murderous than ever slaughtering Frost Giants, the Punisher sets his sights on a smaller, but no less important mission. And in our preview of War of the Realms: Punisher #2, that quest turns as bloody as fans would hope--fast.
The events has been building for months, and showed Marvel readers how high the stakes really were for Earth's heroes by starting the war with Loki's death. But Frank Castle isn't concerned with Asgardians being eaten alive, or any other matter of cosmic significance. The first issue of War of the Realms: Punisher saw him trying to save the innocents right in front of him. And as a New York hospital evacuated all of its patients and staff through the Lincoln Tunnel, Frank Castle knew they were heading into an ambush.
The Punisher has his own way of playing the hero (sure to be put on full display when he teams up with Wolverine and Venom in the Savage Avengers). In this case, handing swords and clubs over to a bus of prisoners, threatening them with death, and demanding they lead the way through the tunnel if they wish to live. But that may be the way their journey ends, no matter what. Take a look at the preview pages below:
The answers to those questions will have to wait until the full issue arrives on May 22nd. After that, there will be only one chapter left to Frank Castle's standalone mission in the madness of War of the Realms. But until then, take a look at the full plot synopsis and details below:
- WAR OF THE REALMS: PUNISHER #2 (OF 3)
- Published: May 22nd, 2019
- Writer: Gerry Duggan
- Art: Marcelo Ferreira
- Cover: Juan E. Ferreyra
- MONSTERS, MONSTERS EVERYWHERE! Punisher leads his band of criminals and hospital patients through the Lincoln Tunnel, but traffic is the least of their concerns. Hordes of monsters from every realm are using NYC as a hunting ground, and the hospital denizens look like easy prey. In the dark, surrounded by monsters and with only his wits and weapons, Frank Castle may have never felt more at home.
War of the Realms: Punisher #2 will be available from your local comic book store on May 22nd, or direct from Marvel Comics.