Crossovers seem to be all the rage these days. Some are successful and some, unfortunately, are not. One that we suspect will resonate with fans will be a momentous meeting of two of Marvel’s most popular anti-heroes in the form of Deadpool vs. The Punisher, which is set to kick off this spring.
Written by Fred Van Lente (Spider-Man: Big Time) and illustrated by Pere Perez (Smallville Season 11), this miniseries comes at a very opportune time as both characters are currently enjoying a pop culture boom. Not only did Deadpool become the highest grossing R-rated film of all-time and now has a sequel on the way, but Frank Castle is also set to star in his own Netflix series. Needless to say, Marvel will likely rake in a generous amount of loot with this one.
For initial details, please consult the detailed synopsis below:
It’s the grudge match of the century! Two Marvel mainstays will clash in a barrage of bullets and blades! Lock and load, True Believers, because one humorless anti-hero is about to go head-to-head with one odorous super-zero! Oh yeah, we’re talking about DEADPOOL VS. THE PUNISHER #1 – the brand-new 5-issue limited series coming your way this April! Creators Fred Van Lente (Slapstick, Deadpool) and Pere Perez (Power Man and Iron Fist, Archer and Armstrong) put two of the Marvel Universe’s deadliest on a high-octane collision course that will have you on the edge of your seat!
Frank Castle – a man of unstoppable will, and a powerful desire to punish those who do wrong, rooted in the tragic killing of his family. Wade Wilson – the mercenary with the unstoppable mouth, and an knack for annoying those around him, rooted in the thought that he’s funny. An old friend from Deadpool’s past, codename: The Bank, has re-emerged. With financial ties to criminal operations all over the world, it’s only a matter of time before Frank Castle looks to put an end to The Bank once and for all. Just one problem, Deadpool isn’t going to let that happen without a fight!
While that does indeed sound highly exciting, it’s probably safe to bet the co-headliners will team up before the arc concludes. They are, after all, heroes despite the body count each have racked up over the years. But before then, we expect no less than a legendary slugfest. Don’t forget, there’s a “vs.” in the title for a reason.
Deadpool vs. The Punisher is set to run for five issues, with the first two shipping this April. Be sure to check out Declan Shalvey and Jordie Bellaire’s cover for the first installment below.