Matthew Rosenberg &  Riccardo Burchielli take Frank Castle back to basics for Fresh Start Punisher relaunch

Punisher ditches the War Machine armor as he goes back to his old weapons to dispense justice.

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After donning the War Machine armor and using it to dispense his form of justice upon the Marvel Universe, Frank Castle, the Punisher, is going back to the basics this summer.

As part of Marvel’s Fresh Start initiative a brand new The Punisher #1 will roll out this summer with writer Matthew Rosenberg staying on as writer joined by DMZ artist Riccardo Burchielli, according to

“We’re going to get back to Frank Castle with a handgun and a knife, stalking the streets of New York, and getting his hands dirty,” Rosenberg said. “But we’re also going to see a man who has changed from his time in the armor. He developed a taste for bigger game and larger targets, and he’s not going to give that up easily. So in a sense, it’s back to basics — but on a bigger scale.”

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While this relaunch will see Frank returning to his roots more to deal with criminals, his time in the War Machine armor will not be forgotten anytime soon.

“I think the big thing for the Punisher is the knowledge that he can affect things in a more direct way. We’re going to have seen him travel overseas to overthrow a government and kill a world leader, and then come back home and go toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful people in the Marvel Universe,” Rosenberg said. “He’s been able to do real damage, cause real change, in ways he’s not used to. They used to say that when a shark attacked a human they had to be hunted down because once they’d developed a taste for it they’d never stop. That’s Frank. He’s back on the streets, but he has a taste for the bigger game and he isn’t going to stop until he puts them in the ground — or they put him in it.”

Punisher #1 arrives on August 1.


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