COMICS: Spider-Man Battles Frank Castle In First Look At PUNISHER WAR ZONE #1

COMICS: Spider-Man Battles Frank Castle In First Look At PUNISHER WAR ZONE #1

Following the shocking events of Greg Rucka's solo Punisher series, The Avengers have decided to put an end to Frank Castle's war on crime once and for all. In this first look at Punisher War Zone #1, Spider-Man looks set to take down the vigilante all by himself! Check it out.

The Punisher vs. The Avengers. Welcome to the War Zone.

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Written by GREG RUCKA

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Josh Wilding
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Filed Under "Marvel Comics" 10/19/2012
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KingMarvel - 10/19/2012, 5:13 AM
KingMarvel - 10/19/2012, 5:14 AM
KingMarvel - 10/19/2012, 5:14 AM
Third :)
KingMarvel - 10/19/2012, 5:15 AM
Hold up since when did the punisher become a pirate???
KingMarvel - 10/19/2012, 5:16 AM
Ship a hoi!!! me maties!!! AAAAAWWWRRRR!!!!!!!!!
superotherside - 10/19/2012, 5:29 AM
I hope they just reboot Spidey out of OMD after he comes back from the dead.
LoudLon - 10/19/2012, 5:44 AM
Spider-Man "battles" Punisher. Pssshh. Punisher's a thug with a gun. Spider-Man bitch-slaps thugs with guns for breakfast. I am always amazed how Marvel writers choose to ignore that fact and repeatedly show Punisher being a challenge to a guy who could knock his head off his shoulders with minimal effort.

toco89 - 10/19/2012, 5:50 AM
First Cyclops, now the Punisher. Is marvel self-deprecating or just ungrateful?
LordHuck - 10/19/2012, 5:51 AM

Well said.
BackwardGalaxy - 10/19/2012, 5:56 AM
Just based on the power set, I don't see how Punisher could ever hope to defeat Spider-Man one on one. However, mentally, I've always felt that Punisher is not someone Peter would want to mess with. They just seem like heroes out of two very different worlds to me.

Again, I fully realize Spider-Man should win. I just... I dunno... I wouldn't mess with Frank.
AlcoholicA - 10/19/2012, 6:27 AM
So I take it this is still Peter Parker Spider-Man he's fighting and not the new Superior Spider-Man wit the claws and the stuff....?
StephenStrange - 10/19/2012, 6:27 AM
I hope Spidey doesn't hurt em too bad..
Azrael725 - 10/19/2012, 6:42 AM
I just wanna say that i love the new skull design. it looks so much more haunting.
Darkknight23 - 10/19/2012, 6:50 AM
Weren't they just teamed up together with Daredevil a few months ago? I wonder what the Marvel villains are doing while all the heroes are busy fighting each other?
AlcoholicA - 10/19/2012, 7:15 AM

Eating Shawarma
Temple - 10/19/2012, 7:27 AM
If batman can fight abnormal or superhuman beings, then so can punisher. There both just as human and both just as skilled with the backing of there gadgets. So on that note, this might be worth checking out.
Mysterion - 10/19/2012, 7:38 AM
I co-sign on @LoudLon's comment.
mctrinket - 10/19/2012, 7:43 AM
Punisher is fun in his element--but there is zero chance he could stand against The Avengers. He is just outgunned.
Darkknight23 - 10/19/2012, 7:51 AM
Lol good one AlcoholicA
KNIGHT3000 - 10/19/2012, 8:00 AM

jimpinto24 - 10/19/2012, 8:59 AM
This is an intresting story arc. It's tough who I want to come out on top because Avengers & Frank Castle are my favorite Marvel characters. Overall, War Zone should be a good read. And I am going to miss Greg Rucka.
DemonicJoker666 - 10/19/2012, 9:16 AM
Spideys lookin pissed, im excited
sameoldthing - 10/19/2012, 10:16 AM
There is a reason why some people are comic book readers & others are comic book whiners who think Punisher can't battle superpowered beings prove your lack of imagination & knowledge.

Frank Castle exists in the Marvel Universe where powered & unpowered people engage in combat,Frank may not have powers but his skill set & attitude make him one of the most dangerous men in the Marvel U. Period.
A quality comic writer like Rucka should be able to make this an interesting story.

My only problem is why the artist has Frank hold his gun sideways like that..NO ONE with military training would do that,he's not a retard gangsta.
The inaccuracy of shooting like that is ridiculous..just going to pretend Frank is just holding it & not aiming it..Editor needs to fix crap like that.
MovieTheaterLad - 10/19/2012, 11:02 AM
"Emo Goth Military thing"?

Seriously Marvel?

Holy shit, do these people know absolutely nothing about fashion or music? I can't fathom which is worse, the idea that Peter is REALLY this clueless, the writers are out of touch, or they just don't think readers leave their house.

See, this shit right here is evidence to why Spider-Man's quips never add anything to his books.

soaponapope - 10/19/2012, 11:36 AM
cap pretty much despises the man so it's been a long time coming and i can't say it's a surprise, nor can say i feel bad about this. as much as i enjoy defending the moral virtues of the mask, it's basically impossible to defend someone like the punisher-and i like the punisher, and i've heard the same thing basically over the years from other life long punisher fans. we like him but let's be real, if he were real we'd be terrified of him. the man is out of control and has been for a long time. he has lost sight of the purpose of the mask and the cape, he no longer does what he does out of justice, he does it because he wants to die and is hoping the next target will help him do it. steve rogers nearly beat the man to death during civil war. and cap is rarely wrong when it comes to being a judge of character.
LoudLon - 10/19/2012, 12:03 PM
@sameoldthing -- Who's whining? I was making an observation based on thirty solid years of reading comic books. And over these many years I find it ridiculous that a character like Spider-Man, who cut his teeth in his earliest adventures taking on MULTIPLE armed opponents and has gone on to hold his own against the likes of Hulk, Thing, Firelord and many another massively powered characters, has so much trouble handling an ex-marine in a Hot Topic shirt.

If Rucka's going to write an interesting story, it should be one full issue explaining what makes him or any other Marvel writer think they can rationally justify how Frank Castle would stand a fly's chance in a frog pond against an opponent as ridiculously out of his league as Spider-Man.

No whining here. Just logic.
CorndogBurglar - 10/19/2012, 12:27 PM
@ LoudLon

Punisher is about the furthest thing from a "thug with a gun." If Frank knows Spidey is coming for him, he will have a game plan. He can set multiple explosive traps and lure Spidey into them. This would confuse Spidey's Spidey Sense. His Spidey Sense has been thrown out of whack plenty of times, and Frank would know how to do it.

But you're absolutely right, in a one on one fight where neither character is prepared for the other, Spidey would stomp him very easily.

I also base my comment off of 30 years of reading comics. More importantly, Punisher comics. This "newly" written Punisher is probably the most tactically smart Punisher we've ever seen. Like I've said, if Frank knows he's coming, it wouldn't be as easy as you make it sound.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 10/19/2012, 1:03 PM
The second image looks like new goblin
scrappybuttons - 10/19/2012, 1:13 PM
Punisher haters is pussies. Cold hearted expert assassin vs a dude who has to SWING across the air in unitard. Not as one sided as spidey fans want to think.
TheGhostTiger - 10/19/2012, 2:02 PM
All you clowns hating on Frank need to choke on a fat sticky one. For one Frank is fully aware this day would come and like a good Marine he is well prepared. I've read Punisher for over 20+ years and now that he has started making use of the Marvel based weapons (tentacles, Cyclops visor etc.,) Punisher would be a serious force to reckon with. This is the same man who didn't need super powers to stab Ulik in the throat and receive a recommendation to enter Valhalla, shoot Wolverine in the face with a shotgun (point blank), and have Hulk pwn Daredevil, Spidey, and Wolverine. The only argument I hear for Spidey is that he is too powerful. Well time has shown that brains overcome brawn and Frank has definitely prepared for this moment. You don't think he has studied every single one of The Avengers, from strength to weakness? He knew all along they would be coming for him! Frank is Marvel's Batman! Deal with it!!!

Go Frank, whoop on those Avengers!
NightForce - 10/19/2012, 2:46 PM
Sora - 10/19/2012, 3:08 PM
Curious to see how Frank will take out Thor...
comicle199 - 10/19/2012, 3:26 PM
im sorry but with the exception of the new thunderbolts punisher has just lost something
StSharp - 10/19/2012, 4:34 PM
Im not sure why...but I feel like Punisher's beard adds some humanity...since he's basically a gun totting sociopath lol GO FRANK!!!
damntree - 10/19/2012, 4:47 PM
"Frank is Marvel's Batman! Deal with it!!!"

Uhh, no.

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