This Wednesday sees the release of Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3 from Chip Zdarsky and Rafael De Latorre. Starring Elektra Natchios as the Daredevil of Hell's Kitchen, with stories spinning out of Devil's Reign – and also looking to the future of the Marvel Comics Universe. Timeless #1 and Marvel PR already showed that Frank Castle, The Punisher, was also getting a revamp, leading The Hand, eschewing guns for samurai weapons and sporting a brand new Devil Skull image to replace the Punisher skull. Bleeding Cool got the scoop on that series in a couple of posts last year, and confirmed by Marvel Comics late last year.
In recent years there has been increasing criticism of the use of the Punisher skull by police, army, militia, white supremacist groups, QAnon events, and Sean Hannity on Fox News, even Trump Punisher pins have been popular. And then during the January 6th Insurrection at the Capitol building in Washington, many Punisher skull insignias were seen. This also followed Black Lives Matter protests and a focus on real and fictional police behaviour, including the use of Punisher imagery by the police.
Amidst calls for Marvel and Disney to cancel The Punisher as a character, Bleeding Cool observed that this may have happened already and that there had been no published or solicited Punisher comic books since November 2020. There was a collection of Punisher Vs Barracuda – but that series was never completed. It was initially postponed by the pandemic but then abandoned altogether, despite completed issues having been completed. But now the character is returning, changed, in a new series by Jason Aaron and Jesus Saiz.
Bleeding Cool gets a tip that this new look Punisher will first appear in full, after his brief glimpse in Timeless #1, in this week's Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3. Devil Skull chest and everything, The kind of thing that keen Marvel Comics collectors might like a head start over…
Daredevil: Woman Without Fear #3
by Chip Zdarsky & Rafael De Latorre, cover by Chris Bachalo
Elektra Natchios has sworn a vow to never take a life as long as she wears the DAREDEVIL cowl, but battered, bruised and with her back to the wall, will she be strong enough to keep it? If she is, will she be strong enough to survive the consequences of mercy?
On sale Mar 02, 2022 | 32 PagesnRated T+ $3.99
JASON AARON (W) • JESÚS SAIZ & PAUL AZACETA (A) • Cover by JESÚS SAIZ
WILL THE PUNISHER'S WAR END?
Born of tragedy. Devoted to war. Unstoppable in his rage. As the Punisher, Frank Castle has become the most accomplished killer the world has ever seen. Now it's time for him to face his true destiny. What shocking secret from Frank's past will convince him to take the reins of the Marvel Universe's most notorious clan of assassins? And once Frank becomes the warlord of the deadly ninjas of the Hand, will it also mean an end for the Punisher? Or a whole new bloody beginning? Join the superstar team of writer Jason Aaron and artists Jesús Saiz and Paul Azaceta for an epic exploration of the dark and violent past and inevitable future of one of Marvel's most iconic characters. 48 PGS./Parental Advisory …$5.99