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If I were EiC 4/12/11

Posted On Tuesday, April 12, 2011

I've never been an avid Punisher fan -- it's not to say that there's anything wrong with the character, in fact, he's one of the most honest portrayals of "heroics" in comics today. But with the PLETHORA of characters in the Marvel U (and comics in general, the exploits of Frank Castle have kinda fell by the wayside. I have eagerly poured through the GENIUS that is "Welcome Back, Frank," the epic character-resurrection by craftsmen, Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion. That sort of rawkus ride definitely has a firm grip in my psyche of what the Punisher is (though castrated, BRUTALLY by the 2004 feature film that friends have aptly called, The Reprimander) -- a quick witted, tough as nails, single solution to the rotten side of crime (Let's be honest, Ennis proved himself a Da Vinci of mayhem with that bit with the polar bears)!.

But as awesome as that run was, you know whose unique brand of vigilante justice and subversive intellectual content would trump ALL that has been said about the Punisher: FRANK MILLER! C'mon -- imagine the "rumored" megalomania of Frank Miller, running wild on the inner monologue of the one hero whose dark overtones unsheathe with merciless precision! He's the killer Batman would never be, the animal Wolverine abhors and on top of that, he's been shown to be the antithesis of all that Daredevil stands for! I'm calling it the greatest "challenge" of Miller's career!

Still, that's only half of the equation! Though Miller is MORE THAN a capable illustrator and visual storyteller, when he's forced into only articulating with words, HE truly seems challenged to have to work the story more -- but to pick up that visual "slack," I want to bring on the mastery of EDUARDO RISSO! His style is more line-centric than Miller's Sin City work, but he captures the drama of chiaroscuro equally as well! That added measure makes the work run a bit more smoothly and that makes the splash of CRAZY that will fill every page that much more AWESOME!!!

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